Posted in Blog on 30 June 2016
Just a dozen years ago reading books or attending lectures was the only way to learn something new. The advancement of technology and the use of these tools inside and outside of the classroom have changed everything about the way teachers teach and students learn.
The term digital curriculum is not easy to define, but broadly refers to any subject where the learning material comprises digitized content in the form of blogs, images, audio files, videos, power-point presentations, journalism artifacts and / or Wikis, to enhance the experience of learning.
In the US, public schools have spent more than $3 billion per year on digital content. With many educational institutions getting on to the digital conversion bandwagon, the impact of digital curriculum is fast spreading.
Learning is more engaging
The unidirectional system of learning with students listening and educators lecturing for hours is being transformed by the advent of digital curriculum. Be it in the flipped classroom methodology where students learn at home through audio-visual lessons, or in classroom exercises where students respond through their personal devices, education is focusing more on student engagement.
A new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education and the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE) has found that technology when properly implemented can produce significant gains in student achievement and boost engagement, particularly among students at risk.
Students are explorers
Digital curriculum has placed a great deal of control over learning, in the hands of the students themselves. In an online course, a student can go as fast or as slow as they need to. They take periodic assessments which demonstrate to the student areas that need more focus and attention. This opens up the mystery of education, by providing clear goals and learning objectives to the students at the beginning of their lessons.
Additionally students can choose the way they receive their lessons. The visual learner can find videos, the quiz expert can run through flashcards to review material. Digital learning provides options to collaborate and interact with subject matter experts too. This can help students explore their maximum potential and achieve better results through self-paced learning.
Educators understand the gaps better
Digital curriculum is often delivered over an LMS or online platforms that provides additional tools including measurement components. Not only does this help students review their progress, but it also enables educators to evaluate how well a subject is being understood by their students and what needs work.
As a result, educators can now see how much time students are spending on lessons, which sections the class as a whole is failing to understand correctly, who needs special attention and more. With this data, educators get a clearer picture of how the class is really doing before test time and without relying on the student to speak up when they don’t understand a concept.
Learning is more personal
Digital course material allows for videos of lectures to be shared with students who cannot be physically present in the classrooms. With digital lessons becoming easily available, qualified teachers can instruct even if the student is not in the same class, town, city or country! Students in online courses can often connect directly with their teachers with queries and get specific feedback. This facilitates a one-on-one interaction between teachers and students, while helping them bond and engage over lessons.Tagged in: digital curriculum, educational technology