• Christian Paul

It’s time for linear learning to die

The year is finally over!

Students everywhere are breathing a sigh of relief, and parents everywhere are mentally preparing for the simultaneous horror story and joyous event of Christmas.

As the year wraps up, there are probably many things that can we can afford to leave in 201. I myself can certainly think of a few.

One thing we should definitely be trying to leave in 2016 is the linear learning system that has become part of the daily experience at schools.

It goes the same way for most classes.

Teachers teach the content. The students do the classwork, and maybe take some work home as homework. Occasionally students will have access to a private tutor to help them with the homework. And then students will have maybe one or two revision sessions before a test.

The biggest problem with this linear style of learning is that every point along the chain is a lynch pin. A choke point.

It means that if any student has a problem with a single aspect of the system, the whole thing comes crashing down.

And it crashes hard.

If a student has a problem with a teacher: PROBLEM Difficulty concentrating in class: PROBLEM Not good at scheduling homework: PROBLEM Can’t find a good tutor: PROBLEM (luckily, we can solve this problem!) Can’t make it to revision workshops: PROBLEM

It certainly makes life tricky.

Because most students have a problem with at least one of these. So what is there to be done?

Death to linear learning

The old system is clearly flawed, which means ideally we should be looking at new options for education. And there are options out there…

With the advancement of the internet and all the power that comes with it, the classic education setup is really quite archaic. There are dozens of tools and resources available that aren’t getting used properly. Which means that if we can find a way to tap into these resources, we’ll make leaps and bounds forward very quickly.

Multi-facet education is the way of the future

Pretty much everyone these days are used to absorbing information from many streams simultaneously. The idea of being able to scroll through Facebook while watching television would have seemed ludicrous to most people only a few years ago, but now it’s more or less standard.

Students especially, who have spent most of their lives multi-tasking between different technology mediums, have this pretty much down-pat.

So why aren’t we using this to our advantage?

If we can move from a linear learning system to something more dynamic, utilising all the resources at our disposal, the game changes.

Learning should be coming from more than one place

At present, the teacher is the primary source of education. A tutor can be a secondary source, but that’s pretty much it. Which makes it hard for many students if they don’t work well with their teacher.

Sometimes this is for personality reasons, but more often it’s because the teaching style is not ideal for the student. This is by no means the fault of the teacher.  A teacher has to teach a whole class at the same time, which makes it hard for students to get personalised help as often as they might need.

By introducing new sources, such as video courses or live workshops, webinars and online communities, we can completely revolutionise the learning experience.

Say goodbye to the linear learning system, let’s get multi-faceted learning on the cards!

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