Digital Communication and its Application in Smart Teaching 2018
From the entertainment to the education industry, technology and innovation has revolutionized virtually everything. Today, digital communication is inseparable from the learning process. We can all agree that prominent players in the smart teaching revolution are at par with the changing world.
Most developed countries with access to the most sophisticated tech developments have fully adopted smart teaching. This mode of teaching involves the adoption of the internet, modern gadgets and some of the most user-friendly software to disseminate knowledge. Smartphones, tablets, and laptops replace physical encyclopedias. The whole new learning concept can be too complex for someone who is not a millennial.
Why Traditional Communication in Learning is Rapidly Becoming Obsolete
Traditional teaching still exists in developing countries. Even so, educators here extract most of the learning materials from online sources. Quite interestingly, some students in these countries do have access to the broadband through their mobile devices. In this way, they utilize digital learning tools to get ahead.
Smart Teaching Has a Lot to Offer
In the new setting, the teacher is no longer the sole custodian of learning. According to a recent study, students are now more empowered through digital communication. They learn more on their own than with their physical teachers. As a result, students have become more self-reliant and accountable, meaning that they are better equipped for the job market. Besides this, there are other advantages that come with this type of learning.
Bearing in mind that online resources are aimed at challenging the student’s ability to think critically, self-directed learning from internet sources help students become smarter. On their own, they are able to identify that the new thing is to learn. This happens round the clock at one’s convenience.
Unlike traditional learning, digital learning ensures that every student is given the opportunity to learn at his/her own pace. Information accessible through digital communication is customizable to suit special learning needs and capabilities.
Smart teaching opens up education. Students are not entitled to only what is taught in the classroom. A recent study shows that students acquire an average of 65-70% of their knowledge from the internet.
Digital communication also comes in handy outside the classroom. Confidently using visual content for sales and job search, the pitch has been widely adopted. It is now possible to draft resumes and proposals online and make them available to every recruiter wherever they are.
Digital Communication inside the Classroom
Learning institutions are now adopting smart teaching techniques inside the classroom. These tools and techniques include the use of notebooks, Skype lectures, projectors, learning applications, whiteboards, infographics, and digital charts to mention a few. These visual-based learning techniques improve the learning capabilities of students to a large extent because learning through what you can see is a better mode of learning than traditional lecturing.
Like students, teachers are also using digital tools for creating their class presentations or lesson plans. Certain tools, like Prezi and Visme are a good resource for creating presentations while teachers can refer to Canva for creating lesson plans.
Digital Communication outside the Classroom
Virtually all institutions around the world have adopted e-learning. This mode of learning involves the admission of both local and international students in higher learning institutions. Learning content, exams, and results are delivered through the internet. This means that it is possible for a student to be admitted to a university and graduate without setting foot into the physical university. As an advantage, E-learning has reduced congestion in top universities around the world.
Mobile devices are also important when it comes to smart teaching. A mobile phone with good internet access is the least a student should have. Mobile only digital communication has seen some intriguing innovations such as human language processing, more secure browsing, safer apps, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. With Augmented Reality, it is possible to bring the lecturer right where you are in real time. In 2018, any website that is not optimized to suit the functionality of a simple mobile device is liable to be penalised by Search Engines and other regulators.
Measuring the Impact
Worldwide, there is an urgent need to streamline digital communication and smart teaching with a future inter-connected classroom, where learning can happen in different regions and in real time. To make this dream a reality, there is a constant pressure on every institution in the world to bring in the necessary technology inside the classroom.
In order to assess the overall development of digital communication and smart teaching eventually, numerous studies and surveys are being carried out. An in-depth analysis of the uptake of technology inside and outside the classroom is continuously providing relevant data to identify which areas will need more infrastructure.
Rekha Pant, is an IT professional, B.Tech from RGPV University, Bhopal. Along with her IT profession, she has also evolved herself to become a fluent writer covering different topics in Digital Communication, Education, Marketing and IT. With her rare talent, she has published ace blog pieces as a guest on many websites.