Why Online Interactive Learning

Do you ever feel that some online education type courses are not so interactive? Just for example, instead of a problem-solving session or a live-streamed lecture, you get static materials, burnt emails or a very basic guide that does not give you any feedback on what you missed.

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Data has always been a part of business, but we often assume it’s around the edges. It might be used by salespeople to figure out if an idea is going to sell, or by marketers to figure out if a logo is visually striking enough to drive customers to a website.

That’s because data is sometimes kept on paper rather than tap into virtual information from everywhere, allowing it to remain a big gray box. To make it into useful information for business, it needs to be able to unearth the real, actionable business insights. Fortunately, data is at the very heart of our new classroom.

“Just like the computer, technology made us smarter but also taught us how to use it in new and unique ways,” says Andy Lane, Head of the Creative Visionary Zone at SkilledUp. “Today, we are seeing where the creative revolution will lead us: a world of digital collaborations between teachers and experts, programmers and technologists, digital and design professionals, designers and marketers. Everyone. Combined.”

The job of design and art director is being redefined as digital art and digital artist, as designers seek not just to respond to the demands of the marketplace, but to push the boundaries of what is thought of as “content.” They are molders of digital ideas, creatives who can think for themselves as publishers. In 2018, these professionals were the highest-paid, and one-third of workers in the world now have a degree in Design, according to the latest World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report. “Nowadays,” says Lane, “we realize that design is not just about aesthetics or aesthetics alone. It’s about how it uses the full range of social, emotional and cognitive language in order to influence behaviour.”

As anyone who has ever designed a website knows, the art and science of how a website should look is one thing; but how the website actually operates and handles demand is another thing entirely. The technology used to optimize your website is pretty amazing stuff, but it’s not your art — as with so many other facets of your work, your brain is what makes it all happen. You are the one who makes it safe, lively, cohesive, and for whom it is made.

In a digital age that is supposed to make everything fast and cheap, the need for highly trained, motivated, and versatile designers is greater than ever. “Now, designers can make great-looking content for free,” says Steve Hanley, Chief Creative Officer of the Graphic Design Collective. “Technology has made all of the intermediate steps, such as the production pipeline, easier and more scalable. The designers can do the heavy lifting for their companies and clients and collect a more substantial fee. The digital designers can become more independent and explore what their talents are and start building their own websites and shop selling their design work online.”

Within the many platforms that dominate online learning today, there is a growing race to create web-native learning tools that allow students to set up their own learning schedule and access class credit while tapping into user-generated information. These smart student platforms aren’t simply platforms for describing a course content. They provide a valuable platform for students to improve their lives through critical-thinking exercises and writing assignments to make connections between their learning and real-world lessons.

Yet, the skills, knowledge, and knowledge needed to be a successful digital designer remain one of the last pieces of the skill set that employers still view as skills they need to retain.

“The skills that are needed to be a successful designer for digital platforms are many — but most are ‘learn it now’ skills,” says Lane. “The skills we used to think we had? We don’t anymore. Learn them today; get them into your toolbox to help you achieve success.”

In short, digital platforms are helping us reinvent education. They’re the engine to get us into the digital era, creating new opportunities for us to make intelligent design choices to be the next generation of leaders. And with learning on digital platforms comes education — a world of work that allows new perspectives and vision.

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