Can Learning Apps Become A Potent Tool To Eradicate Illiteracy?

Education methods have been morphing through various channels. Along with the traditional classroom-based study system, online education is also getting hugely popular. The best thing about digital study is that people from all age group and profession can participate in it and comprehensively continue their study and earn a valid certificate at the end of the session.

Using digital platforms for education purpose is not new, the new thing is it got enormous popularity in the past couple of years because of the advancement of technology and easy access of internet and other digital devices. Participants are taking immense interest in several courses that will make them more efficient in the workplace and could boost their portfolio for better opportunities.

Earlier, the chances were limited for a person to balance between doing a whole-time job and pursuing study. Either they have to continue their studies and leaving job or the other. They have to make a sacrifice that is quite expensive and untenable. The modern education system has witnessed a massive change and it is revamped in a way to accommodate a greater number of people willing to get quality education without spending high.

Several commendable initiatives have taken all over the globe to make quality education easily available for all, irrespective of the socio-economic status of the person. Governments, civil society and different private organizations are encouraging traditional as well as digital platforms to spread literacy, knowledge and education. It makes us better citizens by teaching us how to conduct ourselves and gives us more confidence to go out there and achieve things. The more you know the more you are able to better your and others life.

Renowned learning apps and websites can be a potent tool to eradicate illiteracy, lack of knowledge and poverty. They can be used as a coordination mechanism to ensure everyone gets the opportunity to learn and develop. This will bring in a massive change to our entire society, accelerating growth and progress. If we a can enlighten a single person with proper education, that single person can inspire millions of people and ultimately bring in a positive change to our world.

Some countries are doing better in terms of introducing new means of learning, some countries are still trying their level best to digitize the learning system and some countries are working hard to introduce and cope with the new-wave online education system. The good news is, almost every country is doing something constructive and praiseworthy to refurbish their education system for creating students who are not only high-achievers but also capable of dealing with the extraordinary challenges of life.

According to many prominent educationists, the internet-based learning platforms will make even easier to exchange thoughts and sharing technology. The receiver and the giver, both will be benefitted by this mutual exchange. It will pave the way for a better society with a creative and knowledgeable mass of people. The appropriate learning and life-skills programs offered through the learning apps will help an individual to gain an instant professional edge. Quality learning opens up a host of opportunities along with bolstering our capabilities in the on-demand delivery ecosystem.

There is a strong evidence suggesting that virtual classrooms are the ideal place for the overall advancement of individuals as they can resolve their queries instantly, make a quick approach to the instructors, learn at their own pace and submit projects and assignments with ease. The less pressure will get the best out of them and it can have a positive impact on their development.

Gaining exposure to the innovative ways of studies via education applications will result in economic empowerment that can significantly transform our society, our nation and our world. It not only improves an individual’s financial situation but further increases the chances of sustained improvement of the global economy. The more educated a person is, the more valuable decision he/she can take to bring peace, prosperity and welfare in our life.

Contributing Author: Rony Sneijder is a contributing writer in some of the renowned online blog platforms. Rony likes to share his knowledge with his readers and provide them with the best information on various topics. In this article he has broadly discussed the utility of learning apps for removing illiteracy and how we can streamline our education system for getting better results.  Originally published at https://EzineArticles.com/expert/Rony_Sneijder/1505657


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3 Benefits of Blending Learning

The term ‘Blended Learning’ indicates that various methods of training will be incorporated in order to achieve the highest learning and maximum retention. In the past the only mode of training was face to face. Then with the emergence of technology, online training, gamification, elearning and microlearning, face to face training lost its importance. However, very quickly companies realised that the effectiveness had greatly been affected. Hence, over the past few years the methodologies have been ‘blended’. The term ‘Blended Learning’ was birthed.

“In order to create an engaging learning experience, the role of instructor is optional, but the role of learner is essential.”
– Bernard Bull

In this article, the focus is on the 3 greatest benefits of blended learning that will help to enhance learning and application of the concepts.

  1. It augments the benefits of training: It is well known that learning is enhanced when the same concept is presented in different ways. This is the principle behind ‘Blended Learning’. After presenting the concepts in an instructor led face to face training session, the knowledge retention is significantly improved with the addition of a new method in the learning process, through elearning or gamification. It delivers a much richer training experience and helps employees to retain the new information better by applying on different platforms like elearning and gamification.
  2. It reduces and simplifies logistics: Each method of training has its pros and cons. Face to face training when led by an accomplished trainer can achieve profound results; however, managing the logistics of all the participants can be a nightmare. But when the live programs are reduced and the training is supported by video conferences and elearning, then the impact is not compromised. The last two training methods reduces the need for logistics and is also eco-friendly; e-copies of the training materials can be share thereby reducing the need for printing.
  3. It allows employees greater control over their training: Microlearning is shared through mobile phones and elearning is shared through Learning Management Systems. Both these methods allow employees to study the material on their own time from their phones or laptops. So long hours of travel has contributed to enhanced productivity as this time is used efficiently. Each person has a varied ability to learn. In face to face sessions, people who take longer to absorb new information have a hard time keeping abreast with the rest of the group. But when employees are given control over their learning, by being able to combine their face to face training sessions with online self study, unique learning needs and behaviors are met; this contributes dramatically to enhanced productivity and career growth.

According to the American Society for Training and Development, employees lose 90% of the skills they learned in training once they return to their jobs. This happens as the new information that was learnt was not repeated enough for retention and they revert to using the information that they are familiar with. However, with the advent of blended learning the impact of training has significantly improved as platforms like elearning and gamilfication invites the employees to apply the new content that they learned; thus making it familiar and comfortable. Hence, blended learning is here to stay.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

MMM Training Solutions conducts soft skills training, executive coaching and leadership training programs for corporates in India and abroad. We are experts in the field of blended learning. Our training programs are customised based on the objectives, experience of the target audience and the type of industry. We have been in business since 2005 and some of our clients include Daimler, Standard Chartered Bank, Microsoft, Novartis, Cipla, Deloitte, Caterpillar and many more. Pramila Mathew, Owner and Founder of MMM, has a dual background in Business and Psychology and has significant work experience in both India and USA. Please visit our website http://www.mmmts.com to know more about our programs and our trainers.

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Guest Post: Challenges and Advantages of E-Learning: Creative Learning Experience

Digitization has transformed the epoch on the mouse click or touch of a mobile phone to every possible extent. Resultant, the approaches become easier and tasks have computed as simpler. From shopping to dating, business to research, holding business meetings to keeping social contacts all are in the same phase and the whole world is getting submerged into one term i.e. on the internet. Significantly, learning is not only restricted to the classroom but also available on the digital platform is known as Electronic Learning or E-Learning.

E-Learning, the word specifies the concept that the learning through the electronic device like desktop, laptop, CD-Rom, Digital Television, or mobile. However, now the learning through mobile also referred as m-learning. Students have a different opinion with regard to e-learning and some are very enthusiastic and excited while some have hesitation for this innovative approach. So, let’s understand the term e-learning, its types and clear doubts by focusing on the following challenges and advantages.

Types of E-Learning

Generally, there are three types of e-learning processes – Synchronous E-Learning, Asynchronous E-Learning and Blended Method.

In Synchronous E-learning, the learning is carried out in the real-time process through a virtual classroom. The student and the instructor have to interact at the same time through the usage of the internet and communicate via messaging, chatting, video conferencing or calling.

Asynchronous E-Learning is the learning through the recorded medium. It is not based on the real-time learning process. Its carried through lectures, online study material, embedded learning, courses or the discussion groups.

Blending method inculcates the features of both the Synchronous and Asynchronous learning.

Advantages of E-Learning

Flexibility: In the traditional classroom, students have to go to college or institute regularly with the scheduled syllabus that needs to be accomplished at the specific time period. While e-learning method offers you the flexibility to study anytime, anywhere with your own timelines.

Fast-pace Learning: Students can study at their own speed and interest. They do not need to try to match up with other student’s speed and pace. They can wrap up their syllabus as fast or as slow as they want.

All-time Access: The syllabus and study material are available online that offers access anytime and anywhere, so the students do not have to worry about when to sit down for study, they can do it anytime and anywhere.

Higher Retention and understanding: In online classes, the learning process is carried out through presentations, images and videos. It is a well-known fact that visual contents register easily in human memory than verbal and text contents. It helps to understood things better and increases the retention and understanding ability of the student.

Immediate feedback and results: In traditional learning, it takes time to check copies and declare results. While in e-learning, tests are taken through online quizzes. This has reduced the time to generate results and has also gained greater appeal amongst students as they do not have to face the teacher at the time of the result.

Greener Approach: Papers are crafted by cutting down trees. In e-learning, students are saving papers – saving trees. So, this is an environment-friendly method of learning.

Cost Effective: Undoubtedly, the usage of the internet reduces the cost of paper, books, notebook, files, pen and other stationary products. In addition, it also reduces the cost of traveling to the college or learning center. Hence, e-learning is a cost-effective learning method.

Easy Updating: It is very easy to update notes and other lectures in the online mode by the instructors, and it is really difficult to make changes in the published books at a short notice.

Techno and Internet savvy: with regular accessing the internet, students become acquainted with the devices. This brings proficiency in the usage of internet and information technology.

However, it is not that e-learning has only immense appeal and advantages, there are few challenges also in this method of learning –

Self Discipline: In regular teaching methodology, teachers or instructors have greater control over students attentiveness and behavior. They motivate students to learn through interactive teaching styles. However, in e-learning student should have to exercise self-control to study and to learn.

Computer literacy: Students should have computer literacy and basic troubleshooting skills to continue study without any breaks.

Availability of system and internet: Student should preferably have their own system/ laptop and high-speed internet connection for e-learning.

Learning Approach: In regular learning, the student interacts with the instructor and other students that make study interesting. In e-learning, the student may feel bored studying alone. There will be no discussion and no second opinion that may lead to one-way thinking.

Despite all these challenges, E-Learning is still the modern and future way of learning in this ever-growing busy society.

About the author:

Kapila Gangele is an experienced Content Writer with a demonstrated history of working in the consumer goods industry. Skilled in Operations Management, Microsoft Excel, Web Content Writing, Customer Service, and Advertising. She is a strong media and communication professional with an MBA. 

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