Learn more about virtual education in this infographic presented by virtual schooling company Fullstack Academy.
Virtual Schools And Online Learning How It Works Infographic
Technology has exponentially altered the way people learn, but it’s not all about laptops, smart phones and tablets. In fact, as we’ve reported before, most of the students learning in today’s tech-savvy world are students who are spending more time in virtual learning environments.
High school students spend an average of 4.85 hours a day in digital media environments. According to the Pew Research Center, internet usage is the biggest growth driver for young adults between ages 18-24. It’s important to keep in mind that this is much higher than average, and technology is so intertwined with the way people learn and experience the world, it seems only natural that it’s just a matter of time before it becomes ubiquitous in their education as well.
With more and more students staying connected to their tech devices via web browsers, they’re able to keep in touch with their digital classroom of sorts around the clock. While online courses and online educational platforms have been here before, they’ve been mostly about “one size fits all” learning experience. Now, students from all over the world are taking advantage of available platforms to drive their careers.
Educators like these virtual learning environments because they increase their students’ abilities to self-educate via digital multimedia. They give them more creative control over their learning environment by allowing them to customize their classes on any device they wish. For me, at least, I didn’t mind the idea of having to decide which device to set up my computer on, given my connectivity problems. And I’ve learned that while each app is a learning experience in itself, combining their content creates a more immersive learning experience than just learning by reading.
Through technology, educational institutions are now able to connect globally. In fact, in 2016, a report from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) found that the UN now had an estimated 50 percent of its materials online. Today, there are all kinds of educational video and audio streaming services that allow students from all over the world to learn at their own pace in whatever form best suits them, whether it’s in a group, alone, or both. Most of the time, I was able to enjoy the entire conversation and the differing views of the speakers while being able to participate in the larger discussion.
Not only that, but these resources become another tool for educators to teach each other how to best evaluate their students. Sometimes, this may require them to take on an online course and evaluate their students through video. For example, that work can be done virtually or in person using video when there are seats for them to sit in in a classroom. It seems like everyone can benefit from a learning experience that makes use of digital resources and technology to go deeper than just absorbing the information.
In addition to those who are learning via video, a lot of educational institutions are also using online resources and apps to customize their learning environment. They have access to immense data sets, allowing them to draw from a plethora of tools to create useful content.
You don’t have to go quite so far into the virtual world to see that students are also giving it a go. Some schools, such as private schools or colleges, do more than just give students access to online educational resources. They offer tuition-free and student-run virtual learning spaces that can actually help them learn how to shape their students’ brains, enable them to think holistically and push them forward.
By making use of interactive multimedia, educators like myself have the opportunity to amplify the learning experience and make the learning process even more profound by hitting them where it counts. They have the chance to capture their attention as they’re just beginning to learn and steer them in the right direction when it comes to achieving their potential. Their experience is helping them understand how to best fit into society and get ahead. By doing so, they’re helping them become future leaders and entrepreneurs. This is the real potential behind digital media.
Online learning isn’t something new; after all, we’ve been using digital technology to help people learn and do their jobs for over a century. For that reason, it’s important for educational institutions, including universities, to identify their need for it in today’s digital landscape and start experimenting with it. Studies show that if people become exposed to interactive multimedia technologies, they develop new skills and could be just the spark in many careers. From what I’ve seen so far, online learning is creating high school and college students who become not only more creative but also more aware of how their diverse cultural experiences, which they can take advantage of in learning environments, are important to them. The two are starting to complement each other, creating a holistic learning experience where they’re able to understand how their brain can fit together better in their career life.