Technology helps facilitate classroom-based training programs. The use of computers in the classroom leaves a powerful impact on the learning and teaching processes. It has resulted in delivering student-centered development programs with tailored to meeting the learning needs of every participant. With internet access, learners in the classroom collaborate and use innovative ideas to find solutions to problems.
The transformation from teacher-centric classrooms to the learner-centric model is a big challenge for instructors, because they need to reform their teaching methods. The internet enables everyone across the globe to communicate and learn from each other. With digitization, learners have turned into more active and independent individuals.
Internet access and the e-learning approach in the classroom have enabled trainers to improve curricula and enhance the learners’ experiences. New technologies foster an active learning approach, helping modern learners enhance their performance. Trainers can draw on technology-based applications and present real-world scenarios to the audience. These applications help learners explore new information, meet people from different cultures and speaking different languages, and use a plethora of advanced tools to solve problems at the workplace.
Technologies for Learners
Times have changed, and so have teaching and learning methods. New technologies can be embedded in classroom training, including these:
- Class webpages: Trainers can post messages or make announcements on class webpages or use sites with blogs, downloadable materials and personal domain names.
- Online scoring systems: Various websites offer features to track scores, record attendance and compile learner progress reports. Trainers can also email reports to learners so that they can identify and work on their weak areas.
- Multimedia presentations: Unlike in the traditional classroom, PowerPoint presentations with images, diagrams, video clips and sound effects can capture the audience’s attention. The same content can be used by trainers in future classes, too, saving time and money.
- Course supplements: Using the same content for classroom training may become boring. Easy web access can help trainers find ways to supplement lessons with interesting ideas and information. For example, online sound clips or photos can help ensure a highly engaged learning experience.
Advanced Technology-Driven Activities
Today, trainers are facing increasing challenges in teaching learners with diverse learning needs. Instructors can integrate the latest technology-based activities to provide an engaged and self-directed learning environment for modern learners:
- Create a blog or wiki: Creating a class blog or wiki is a great way to embed technology in classroom-based training programs and enhance learners’ skills and knowledge. Some instructors use blogs to initiate discussions outside the classroom, especially those who are short on class time. A wiki is a type of website where learners can correct each other’s work and cooperate to create success.
- Create a podcast: A variety of podcasts are available on the internet. Trainers can search for a relevant podcast, keeping in mind the individual needs of the learners in their program. Many organizations offer training sessions on podcasts. In addition, learners can create their own podcasts to share new ideas and record their progress.
- Publish learners’ work: A variety of tools available on the internet help learners create innovative and professional work. Whether it is a movie clip or a website featuring their ideas, learners can take the initiative to publish their work at a professional level.
The increasing focus on technology and changing learner needs have impacted the classroom environment. Whatever the skill level of the learners, integrating technology in the classroom helps build learner interest, increase their efficiency and take business to the next level.
Arunima is the marketing manager at G-Cube and an e-learning enthusiast. She loves exploring and blogging about innovations in training and learning for the modern corporate sector.