Thursday, June 4, 2015

Fails the Digital Education? Technology alone can not the problem … – Huffington Post Germany

More and more often one hears sobering reports on the success of the digital education formats. Students break off these events and take advantage of the offers for rare.

Last came a post in an international scientific journal, for example to the conclusion that rich, these technologies will not need and arms are not enough motivated to use them.

Technology alone can thus this problem – according to the author – not fix. But where exactly is the problem now?

The author of the contribution called, above all, lack of motivation and peer pressure.

Be honest: How many lectures we had in our study time visited, unless the test print available or the presence would have been controlled?

For many, education is therefore only make sense if there is a certain pressure to get a degree that is recognized by employers. This will probably remain in the foreseeable future for many of us so well.

On the other side of the advantage of digital education will mainly lie to retrieve knowledge, if we have to solve an urgent problem or have an otherwise geartetes self-interest.

My daughter is looking, for example, content from the network that will help her to cope with the school math material and things that interest them personally.

Discoverable is on this point that digital literacy does not fit in our common understanding of education. We have grown up with the notion that we go through a training path that we at least in our twenties “Complete.”

What we learn will give us more or less by standardized curricula given. Therefore, the compulsion is so important because this learning path so can never take our needs, possibilities and speeds consideration, but must be the same for all.

Digital learning opportunities, however, make very different demands on our motivation .

Of course, digital learning is also in the traditional sense function when certificates are in the game, accept the employer. Then, the usual coercive grip (eg mails that make a point out that one does not learn has, the later end up in the spam folder, etc.).

We can also suggest that digital certificates education units with growing use in the future will be better accepted.

For example, the company Starbucks has all its employees the opportunity to obtain a certificate from an online university offered.

The more companies resort to such measures, the accepted and normal are also digital statements. Maybe we can find even better ways to motivate learners through digital networks.

There are many people who would like to assist learners and this assistance could be made available through networks, such as through the “Granny Cloud ‘. Older British ladies are here virtually with children from Indian slums on a platform connected and they should motivate in this way to learn and not to give up.

The future of education, this is of course not. In an interview from 1989, the famous science not only anticipated fiction author Isaac Asimov Principles of the Internet, he was also convinced that now would crack completely new times for learning.

Everyone could then have direct access to sources of knowledge, ask questions and learn in its speed without standardized curricula that “an interested “.

This may sound utopian, of course, but Asimov had like no other recognized that digital learning is also something to do with the rediscovery of the joy of learning. “It was then” as Asimov “not really matter what the topic interested one.” Because of access when he was once found, sooner or later lead to another topic areas.

A sports Interessierter will also deal with physics, as if he wants to know why balls take a particular course. Just a physics Interessierter might eventually pay attention to sports. The problem is now but that we joy “unlearned” through standardized learning paths of learning could.

Obviously, the rediscovery of fun is more difficult than we thought on learning, and as long as it does not extent is, pressure is likely to remain important. However, it should not be forgotten that the work culture is changing constantly.

is already apparent that in some companies, especially in those that are newly founded and also as a counterpart to traditional large enterprises and even in the growing network communities that already cover nearly all topics today, something penetrated as a meritocracy: It is becoming increasingly less important, what training I’ve enjoyed, but it is all about that I can solve the problem.

At the same time the possibility of increases in networked and global labor structures that we will find those tasks that really interest us.

When this happens, the joy and need for individual self-directed learning alone or with other learners more or less given.

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