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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

How can institutions enable experiential learning? | Education - Hindustan Times

With the days of rote learning behind us, and demand for experiential learning taking precedence, academic institutions will have to majorly transform their teaching methods, continues Hindustan Times.

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A solid infrastructure is needed to overhaul the learning processes and create spaces that are conducive to experiential learning

The learning and development process of the Gen Z is undergoing massive changes with the advent of technology. The education system, by fueling the evolution of teaching methods and tools used in the classroom has been driven by the demands of the digital natives, whose lives revolve around digital screens and connected devices. Devices like PCs, laptops and printers have become the functional extension of this generation, at school as well as home.

With the days of rote learning behind us, and demand for experiential learning taking precedence, academic institutions will have to majorly transform their teaching methods. A solid infrastructure is needed to overhaul the learning processes and create spaces that are conducive to experiential learning. Around 51% of students surveyed in a Barnes and Noble College study, show that they learn best by doing, while only 12% said they learn through listening.1 So how can institutions enable this “learning by doing” experiential methodology in the classroom?

With technology improving the overall attitude toward learning, now more than ever, schools and colleges will have to put in concerted efforts to create a learning environment that focuses on problem-solving. After all, the real world is full of challenges that needs quick thinking for solutions. To make Gen Z students understand the real-life application of what they learn in the classroom we need to blend online and print mediums in equal proportion...

Digital learning goes beyond the four walls of educational institutes, reaching far and wide to those who want to learn on-demand, on their own time and even at their own suitable pace. Experiential learning complements this by giving an opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge in practical domains. With the lives of Gen Z revolving around technology, the expectation of having digital learning tools deeply integrated into the education system and at the workplace is obvious.
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Source: Hindustan Times


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