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How Learning Environments Are Changing

Written by Erik Larson, Community Blogger | Feb 26, 2018 1:15 AM

Learning environments are constantly changing. It's scientifically proven that the environment is strongly connected to quality learning. Try studying at two very different places, for instance, a library and a subway station. Some people will learn more in a library, and a small percentage of people will learn more at the subway. We are all different and we learn in different ways, which is exactly the reason why learning environments are changing.

Learning Online and Microlearning

Learning online is one of the best innovations that were recently developed. Not only are you able to learn whatever you want, but you can also learn wherever you want. This means that you're able to choose your very own custom learning environment. You can basically set up your own environment and start learning instantly. The only thing you're going to need is a smartphone, a tablet, or a laptop.

Microlearning is another growing concept as well. It consists of smaller learning units and short-term activities. There are various apps that can make learning easier and more fun. For example, by microlearning with EdApp, you'll basically be learning more by studying less.

Some universities provide all of their classes online. They require watching videos twenty to forty minutes long. After watching these videos, it automatically syncs with your account. Usually in conclusion to separate parts of the class you'll get a test. Passing all these tests is needed for a class to be considered passed.

Learning Environments Are Tech-Savvy

Although you don't necessarily need technology to learn, it does speed up the process quite a bit. Technology can provide students with visual representation of their lecture. This can be quite useful in classes related to natural sciences.

Another option technology provides us with is sharing the class material. New e-books are being published every day, so students can have easy access to it. Not only e-books, but video and audio material as well. Published material doesn't really require anything but a working device. So, all you need is a smartphone to start learning.

Learning Environments Are Getting Smaller

The number of people you're surrounded with in class can affect your productivity. That is why students are separated in smaller groups. There is not a definite number schools are sticking with, but the usual range of people they are hoping to achieve is twenty to thirty people. This way teachers can devote their time to students who don't understand the lecture very well. Having larger groups of people drives the productivity down and increases distractions.

Learning Space is Modified

It's important to have a comfortable learning environment. Schools are investing in sound systems, so no student has to struggle hearing what professor said. They're investing in new chalkboards and projectors, which allows students sitting in the back of the room to follow the lecture. They bring new chairs for students to sit in. Modifying the classroom allows schools and universities to use different spaces they wouldn't otherwise use.

More Children Are Being Homeschooled

School systems are linear. They have been linear since they've been established. Some psychologists are saying that this might be a problem. Learning a high quantity of information and then cherry-picking what is useful doesn't really sound like a good idea. It's up to each individual student to decide what's important and what isn't.

Homeschooling provides parents some sort of insurance their kid will learn what's actually important in each individual field. This is a nice advantage for children going through elementary school. However, it's not such a good idea on a higher level of education.

There are some dangers and traps in homeschooling. Homeschooling can lead to too much isolation, so it's necessary to help your child socialize. Finding playmates is crucial for your child's self-esteem in the future. Not only that, but it's also important that children have friends so they can learn more about social interactions.

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