Quality in education has a significant impact on individuals and society at large. For individuals, it determines employability, skill level and knowledge that provides them with access to better employment opportunities to create an improved quality of life for themselves. This transcends to all aspects of growth in the society; economic, social and physical.
As our society realizes the importance of education in breaking the cycle of poverty and improving the quality of life on all levels, the desire and demand for education have tremendously increased over the years. However, the expansion of enrollment rates has not resulted in improved learning, grade progression, or effective classroom governance. Rather, it has exposed the challenges associated with ensuring quality education as more students and recent graduates have exhibited a flat learning curve.
One of the key challenges in quality education is the changes in the learning pattern of students, which automatically demands for innovation in the delivery of education. The DNA of 21st-century learners is unprecedented and unpredictable. Students have multiple learning patterns, with shrinking attention spans, increased curiosity, and a massive reliance on the internet, and mobile technology.
These realities make it pertinent for educators of this century to evolve in meeting the needs of her students. However, this has also given institutions the opportunity to transform and redefine “quality” in education through the delivery process of learning.
As an academic administrator looking to deliver quality education to your students, it has become vital to provide improved and adaptable learning environments. For today’s learners, here are 3 key considerations for educators;
1. Bridging the learning gap
The 21st-century learners are one quick search away from the answers they desire. In recent years, the title of being “self-taught” is becoming increasingly recognized in various industries. Using mobile devices has placed access to an unprecedented amount of information at the fingertips of learners as they are few clicks away from teaching themselves any topic of interest without leaving their bedrooms (Think Strategic, 2020). Educators need to understand that the learning patterns have changed in ways that require improvements from the 20th-century traditional teaching methods. This is to ensure the skills and competencies enable students to thrive in the world we exist in.
While we acknowledge the role of digital technology integration in improving education, its implementation should be strategic to the benefit of students.
Hence the need to evolve the learning mechanisms in a commensurate measure, adjusting pedagogical methods, and using technological shifts to make informed decisions that deliver an opportunity to maintain and upgrade the quality of learning.
2. Improved Learning Experiences
Majority of learners today are “digital natives” with a mindset suited to today’s technical realities and characterized as attention-deficit but more inquisitive and in need of quick access to learning materials. Educators would need to look into providing a more engaging and personalized experience for students.
This would require quality course delivery with resources, tools, and interactive capabilities to ensure the student can learn and interact with all the course materials, collaborate with other students and build rapport with their teachers.
Data-driven instructions and actions would enable an educator to fulfil the promise of impactful learning beyond measuring achievement. Tracking and reporting on learning data, interactions with resources will provide insights that will improve training delivery and decision making around revising curricula and opportunities.
Educators should be able to balance addressing mandated grade-level content with student readiness to learn. Providing the right instruction at the right time for each student and ensuring that learners work either independently or collaboratively to build rich understandings and skills.
The Internet is a crosscutting enabler for education - Internet society.org
3. Unlimited Access
As educators are moving towards a blended approach through digital learning to deliver quality education, one of the key considerations is access to internet connectivity.
Asides this being peculiar to the African society, it is also reasonable to ease the cost of internet connectivity for students and their beneficiaries whilst considering how they can maximize the possibilities in digital learning.
This will require providing unlimited access to learning resources anytime, anywhere, online or offline on their mobile devices.
At the centre of facilitating this new modern-day learning is the adoption of solutions that leverage technology to enable administrators & teachers to solve for each of these challenges.
In view of this, we utilized Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in Koya, to study and learn user behaviours, providing institutions with the opportunity of understanding her learners based on their learning activity.
With our support, educational institutions can provide a platform that delivers personalized learning experiences for their student. It will also equip them with actionable insights from all learning activities for planning, action, and decision making.
If these considerations apply to you, give your learning environment the boost it needs to achieve more.
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