The Rise of E-Learning in the Past Decades
The last few years have witnessed a paradigm shift in the field of education. Unlike the earlier teacher-centric education system, now the teaching-learning process has become student-centric. Hence a rapid transformation has taken place.
The old chalk and talk method have gets replaced by technology, experiments, experiential learning techniques, and such things. Smart classes have replaced traditional classrooms. In many cases, machines have adequately fulfilled the need of having a facilitator in the class.
One of the many modern days, innovative teaching-learning processes is interactive learning. It ranges from the interactive whiteboard, projectors, e-note, videos, and more. It is already a success with students since it has effectively increased students’ engagement in class and has made classes more attractive.
Witnessing its initial success, schools and colleges across the country have started to incorporate in this kind of learning techniques within regular academic classes.
What Is Interactive Learning?
Interactive learning is a novel approach to education. It depends on technology and hands-on learning techniques that enhance the learning experience of the students.
It is carefully designed, blending teaching methodologies with online resources. It challenges students’ intellect nurturing their curiosity with the help of exciting activities, and creates an ideal interactive learning environment.
Benefits of Interactive Learning:
- In a classroom where interactive learning techniques are there in use, students are active learners and not passive listeners. The learning technologies are more focused on the learning style of the students. However, the focus is not much on the teaching process of the facilitator. Thus it made the change possible.
- Teachers who have used these methods in class have admitted that these made the teaching and learning process more attractive to students. It has resulted in better engagement of students.
- For learners engaged in other professions for whom online learning is the only option, interactive teaching is particularly beneficial since they can learn at their own pace and according to their own suitability concerning time.
- Interaction-based learning caters to the individual learning styles of the students. It satisfies the need for all kinds of learning including, visual-spatial, musical, and others.
- Students get instant feedback in this mode of learning. Hence it helps in the process of self-assessment. They get ready-made answers. Thus, the process of error correction becomes faster.
- The interactive learning process is flexible. It provides students the opportunity to contribute to the process. Thus, it builds confidence in the learners, and they feel valued and appreciated.
- It has been found that students learn faster and better with interactive methods than that of a lecture-based classroom. Moreover, it ensures better retention of information since students acquire knowledge through their learning style.
- The tools and techniques used in an interaction-based class provide the students a much-needed break from the monotonous classroom setting.
Make the Best If the Interactive Learning:
- An interactive classroom makes students independent. They learn to make their own decision about how to solve exercises and how much they can intake. Through these basic things, they also learn an essential life skill that is decision-making skill.
- Interactive learning helps the learners to learn the art of self-evaluation. Instead of being dependent on the facilitator for answers, learners can rely on their own acquired knowledge and instinct and test their learning after each topic through self-evaluation techniques.
- During the entire student life, the question that lurks in the students’ minds—when, where, and how to apply the concepts that are being taught? Since interactive learning methods offer the liberty to go beyond the curriculum and relate the subject and topic with real-life applications, students can have answers to these questions.
- Here the curriculum values competency and life skills more than rote learning. Hence it generates more interest. With this newfound interest to learn, students get the energy and enthusiasm to explore and learn more.
- In a traditional classroom, teachers were always restricted by the curriculum, and resources were also limited. Furthermore, the time constraint made it more difficult for teachers to deviate from the plan they had for delivering the lesson.
The opportunities in an interactive learning-based classroom are endless. Students have a world to explore with end numbers of resources that are readily available. Students can make the most of this opportunity nurturing their interest, creativity, and critical thinking skills.
- Another perk of interactive learning is that students learn to apply their acquired knowledge. Along with gathering information, students also learn its applicability.
- Like a traditional classroom, interactive learning is not based on notes and lengthy writing. Students can invest that time, engaging in experiments, and enjoy hands-on learning techniques that make the process fun and innovative.
- Students can already prepare themselves for the future for the workplace, learning soft skills every day while handing the tools used for interactive learning. Also, it teaches students a problem-solving skill that is essential for facing real-life challenges, especially in the workplace.
Is There Any Drawback, in Interactive Learning?
The drawback of having interactive learning is its cost. Educational institutions need to invest a handsome amount to provide all these facilities to students, which may or may not be feasible for all to cope with, at least for many institutions. However, it is a one-time investment. On the other hand, it will help educational institutions to cope with varied expenses such as books, stationery, print out, and other such things.
Undoubtedly, interactive classes cannot replace the traditional classroom setting. But one can surely come to a common ground that is a blended classroom that bears the signature of both the conventional and the modern classroom bringing the best of both to the students. Thus an ideal learning environment for students should blend the classroom with the latest technology and traditional, beneficial approaches.