On Wed, 30 Jun 2010 22:59:43 +0100, Administrator wrote:
Can I make a plea for diversity in the education.
Video or audio is
much more effective education / training for most people than written
texts. Even programmers have moved from text based editors to GUI
editors. A screengrab video with voice over (possibly added later) is
very effective is showing newcomers the features and doesn't demand that
they have the same level of abstract thinking and ability to visualise
that characterises top level developers.
Certainly - in my professional line of work, one thing that I'm working
with the rest of my team on is figuring out what the next generation of
Novell's training looks like - and with that has come a lot of discovery
about how the current generation consumes training. A lot more of it now
is ad-hoc, search-it-out-and-find-what-you-need rather than the
traditional classroom model.
The thing that we've observed is this iterative cycle of:
1. Let the student identify what they want to learn
2. Provide them the means to find the information
3. Evaluate what they learned and go back to step 1 if necessary (for
more in-depth or a different method of consuming it)
That tends to be the way everyone learns, even in a classroom (step 3 is
done jointly by the instructor and student and is so natural most don't
even think about it).
That idea/cycle, though, doesn't really preclude any learning
methodology; but where the trend in education is moving these days is
away from content-centric learning and towards learner-centric learning;
that is, rather than the end product being about the content (a course, a
book, or whatever), the end product is more about ensuring the learner
has the ability to pick and choose what they need and validating that
they come out of the experience with the knowledge and/or skills they
need to do what they're trying to do.
What I think this means is populating a "body of knowledge" and then
providing tools to effectively select the necessary materials; but this
is more than just providing a wiki that's got lots of pages full of
information - because some people don't learn effectively in that way.
That means the development of things like hands-on exercises, audio/video
experiences, and online interactions.
Something else that's absolutely critical to the learning experience is
the social element. By and large, the ability to retain knowledge is
significantly enhanced when there's more to it than just reading a book/
webpage. The application of the knowledge helps, but having the ability
to ask questions and interact around the content really enriches the
experience so the learner is likely to retain more.
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