According to Hatem Sallam, CEO of ITWORX Education, "E-learning, or 21st century
learning as we like to call it, improves the teaching process for
teachers making learning fun and insightful for students."
Not too long ago, the word “learning” conjured up an image of a classroom filled with children sitting at their desks with their notebooks and pencils, while their teacher toiled away at the blackboard, chalk in one hand, explaining how to solve an equation. While of course this is still true of many schools, an exciting new trend has emerged: that of e-learning. Everyone involved in the education process — teachers, students and parents – are increasingly able to enhance the teaching and learning experience through using apps on their PCs and mobile devices.
E-learning, or 21st century learning as we like to call it, improves the teaching process for teachers making learning fun and insightful for students, and at the same time facilitates communication and collaboration between school administrators, teachers, and parents. It is especially beneficial for students as the technological advances empower them with 21st century skills to succeed in today’s world, but more importantly, to be able to think critically, be creative problem-solvers and to communicate and collaborate effectively.
While e-learning is gradually gaining momentum in the UAE, we have collaborated with the Mohammed Bin Rashid Smart Learning Programme and now have 11,402 students and nearly 1,343 teachers across 123 schools using our solutions. According to a survey conducted recently, 94 per cent of students found that e-learning improved their interaction with teachers, 69 per cent said it facilitated the assignment process, and an immense 88 per cent felt it enhanced communication between their teachers and peers. The survey was conducted by a UAE teacher using ITWORX Connected Learning Gateway, a learning management system, in order to collect information and student insights on e-learning.
Through the right e-learning tools, teachers are empowered to reflect their own ideas and methods, and they’re also relieved of much of the time and effort involved in creating a lesson – leaving them free to concentrate on the actual teaching and delivery of instruction to improve student outcomes. Similarly, students are able to learn using digital content that accurately addresses their learning needs, and that is suitably engaging for the contemporary “tech-savvy” manner in which they live other parts of their lives.
E-learning solutions pose several benefits for students. Firstly, it comprehensively amalgamates content, self-assessments, lessons and questions of any type into one application, putting everything they need in one place. Secondly, it enables this content to be accessed anytime and anywhere, with no need for an Internet connection. Students can therefore study more effectively at home, for example. Thirdly, it enhances the students’ ability to communicate with their teachers on areas they don’t understand. A student simply reviews e-lessons in a standardized view (similar to e-book readers) then highlights, bookmarks or adds their comments to study effectively. Finally, they can also easily assess themselves by answering questions and viewing the correct answers.
Source: Khaleej Times