Monday, June 02, 2008

Life-long education and distant learning

Electronics will lead to a much smaller and less expensive educational establishment.
Technology can replace many teachers in their present roles.
Successful schools will be the ones able to provide life-long education and distant learning will play a major role.
That of course doesn't mean technology will eliminate the role of teachers, it will just change the way of teaching and making it easier to access education.
Technology will be essential for a future growth of education among the population.
"If every institution, from a local community college to Harvard, uses the same holographic projections of the world's best lectures, and has access to the same digital libraries, how will Harvard differentiate itself?"

The logical answer is through the quality of its teachers and the content of the lessons they provide.
A non unimportant role will also be the way the subject is taught to the pupils.
A good example of technology applied to teaching is the Marketing Courses of Kaplan Open Learning.
You can have the freedom to study when and where it suits you – you can learn at home, during your lunch hour or anywhere else, the only requirement is having an Internet access.
You will be the one to define your schedules, and managing your time, keeping in mind your deadline.
They believe in learning from constructive dialogue with the students and that is the reason why there will be elements of each module that are timetabled to enable group lectures and discussions.
The classes are usually scheduled in the evening hours, which will be notified the students before they subscribe.
Every day of the week has special tasks and programs, and following them is essential to reach the established goals.
On Sunday the pupil has the chance to reflect on what he learned during the week through lectures, reading, discussion and relating the topic to his workplace.
Reaching the degree is then a matter of personal development, attitude and dedication.
Every course consists of a certain number of modules which last an average of 15 weeks.
It will take a minimum of two years to complete your Foundation Degree but it can also be up to five years, depending on your personal learning speed (and also on the time a pupil can dedicate to its studies).
Digital media and Internet connectivity continue to offer significant opportunities for learning, but the important is being able to choose the right school and the right course that fit your needs.

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