Source: The Hitavada      Date: 19 Jun 2018 11:04:05



“We need to embrace technology to make learning more engaging. Because when students are engaged and they are interested, that's where learning takes place.” The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) heralds an exponential pace of technological change, building on the digital revolution to combine technologies, spawn new ones, and transform systems, industries, countries - even society itself. The character of education is changing drastically. The successful expansion of education across the world has been measured with the demand of education which has substantially risen. The whole world is interconnected with a very thin but strong line of education.

Bringing new technology trends in our lives, there are numerous benefits. To begin with, first and foremost advantage is that, the way it provides Convenience in Education. Technology has impacted every aspect of our lives today, and education is no exception. Technology has changed education in so many ways. Access to education has been expanded by first hand visit of technology and wide amount of information from books to audio’s are available over the internet. They enable an individual to empower itself with knowledge. In addition, online courses are on the rise and most of them are free. iPads in recent times are used by young students to learn and adapt knowledge with the help of visual lessons, presentations with the usage of their peers. This new age technology has made learning much more convenient and fun but importantly more effective.

The transformation of the devices that we used from gigantic supercomputers to tablets is tangible signs of change. This is brought about by the evolution of how people think towards the globalisation of education. Learners of today’s world are educated with the intention of becoming productive citizens in a democratic society in terms of what is required in the global context. As a result, these learners possess certain characteristics that are part of the new millennium. Internet has not only changed the scenario of education it has improvised and bought benefits into home entertainment. Entertainment experiences used be lively and living in the moment, existing in our memories lasting in old fashioned photographs on the walls. Changes have occurred due to fast pace growth of Internet, social network and addition to it is mobile connectivity.

Traditional educational approaches are the old stand alone way of learning process which have proved to be mismatching between teaching the syllabus verses what is expected by the industry. Many Institutions have taken the step towards problem based learning as a solution to producing graduates who are creative; think critically and analytically, to solve problems. Multimedia learning process one of the effective and obvious teaching methodology that we look out to refer in the new age ways. The second learning process is the Confucius multimedia which is the combination of various digital media types such as text, images, audio and video being into integrated multi sensory interactive application and presentation to be able to convey information to the audience.

Besides that, Faculty should “use online education portfolios to evaluate students”. Educators have known about the benefits of paper based portfolios for generations. Portfolios allow students to express creativity for difficult to assess subjects. Teachers can choose from a variety of online portfolio providers tailored to the needs of their classroom. Demonstrated growths of students have been seen while serving over the platform. Technology has made globalisation of education possible for us to gain access to a diverse and abundant amount of information. Students can harness this, evaluate which ones are accurate and have significance, and use it to address a certain issues. It is now a two-way process where both the students and the teachers across the world learn from each other side by side. A lot of resources are available to help achieve this goal.

To conclude, we cannot get rid of technology. I would rather say “There is always room for future to unfold unpredictably.” As the 21st century students are technologically literate, it would be necessary for fraternity of teachers to incorporate current technologies into lessons they teach. The present day students are woven out of different culture, country and background that together connect to a larger order of world. Therein lays the challenge for us, the teachers, to look at the content knowledge through the lenses of our learners' tools.

(The author is Principal, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, ITM Vocational University)