Analyzing Digital Learning Landscapes for Better Learning Experience

Education Technology Insights | Thursday, January 31, 2019

Internet and social media together form a great pair for online learning. Loads of information is easily available for all kind of learners in forms of audios, videos, blog, and e-books. No restrictions or regulations on these platforms have made the education cheap but at the same time, learners have become more vulnerable to misguiding and improper information. Usually, the available information is created to benefit a particular organization or personnel, instances of youth being influenced by anti-social content prove the same. As an outcome, it is now required to guide learners, especially students to validate the source and be able to differentiate between the right and wrong, when considering online education.

Critical thinking will be useful when it comes to analyze and trust social content. Educational institutions across the world must train their students with methods to tackle fake and disrupting information over the net. A proper explanation of coursework would disable them to get distracted to various kinds of information and streamline their learning. Schools also can opt for online training platform recommendations where these platforms must be first validated by teachers and professionals for educational content and later on passed to students for learning. Trusted and verified recommendations will allow students to focus over a particular platform and coursework, restricting them to divert towards inappropriate learning material.

Although, social platforms might be misleading but they are great options for teaching and learning.

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• Connect Learners and Experts: Learning expands its boundaries with social platforms. Learners can easily connect with experts of a certain topic or subject giving them a better understanding of it. Students get new perspectives to broaden their vision and are able to clear all kinds of doubts.

• Social Learning Groups: Online classrooms are being reshaped into social groups where learners from various geographical locations connect and share information. Access to knowledge of various forms has become convenient while maintaining a continuous influx of information. Knowledge is molded into video lessons making it easier to understand and different opinions give new insights into the topic.

• Research Enhancement: Educators can also utilize digital media to extend their knowledge over a topic. Digital platforms leverage both students and educators to improvise their researches, either through online content or through running online surveys to gain better insights.     

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