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How Tech Impacts Study
- 50% of teachers say that tech increases pupils’ engagement with learning.
- A study by Higgins et al (2012) found tech to be more effective in improving study when used in group or pair settings than individual use.
- Various studies show that tech facilitates deeper processing, innovation, and enables greater learning autonomy.
- A study of 200 health students who used laptops, phones, tablets and desktop computers to study showed promise in improving their rate of academic achievement.
1. Digital Simulations
Digital, eLearning simulations offer the opportunity to study a course in a virtual learning environment. Usually, they simulate real-life scenarios using role-play, graphics, sounds, and storyboards, while finishing up with a form of assessment. And their use is increasing.
Fully immersive 360-degree videos, virtual reality, augmented reality and extended reality have all increased in popularity too. For example, ‘SIM share’ emerged as an open-access platform for the UK healthcare sector to engage in educational simulations. Through it, health workers could offer a more effective response to the fast-paced challenges from COVID-19.
In fact, corporates like PwC are also recognising the benefits of virtual environments, training 1,000 of their employees using VR technology.
2. Collaborative Learning
Plenty of research shows how tech-enabled collaborative learning experiences can enhance learning.
For instance, when used to exchange writing in the form of blogging, digital collaborations between learners improves their language development.
And a further set of studies found computer-aided group learning resulted in greater achievement and better problem-solving skills, when compared to individual learners who used computers.
So, how can you use digital collaborative learning to boost your studying skills?
- Keep it simple: Use Zoom or MS Teams to arrange problem-solving sessions and encourage everyone to feedback.
- Set up peer-reviews: Ask groups to review and feedback on each-others work using tools like Google Docs.
- Use e-Learning apps: A wide range of apps are available to help you plan digital learning collaborations.
3. Mobile Learning
By July of 2020, the use of mobile devices in the UK had increased by almost 50%. And this is at the same rate as laptops.
And with over 80% of students saying they use their mobiles to study, eLearning via apps and mobile tech is becoming more common.
With increased flexibility and portability, mobiles offer quick access to information, training and support from wherever learners. And they help fit your study around a busy lifestyle.
What’s more, mobile technology can create the same kind of immersive experiences you’d find using virtual reality. And this is why many schools have been ensuring pupils have access to mobile devices to run cost-effective learning experiences using 360-degree videos.
When tech leaders such as Google are pioneering new ways to offer immersive eLearning experiences using mobile app technology, it’s no surprise that mobile learning is coming into it’s own as a key way to improve learning.
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