We present technology enhanced training systems as a viable technology for adult learners. With the implementation of technology enhanced classrooms, SmartBoards, computers, internet, teleconferencing and other resources, an organization can increase student engagement, appeal to different types of learners, and increase overall student retention and effectiveness in the field.
Many students will enroll in a class or participate in lessons even when they can probably find all the knowledge they need by searching the web. There are two main reasons for this: first, the desire for interaction with other students and with their lecturer, and second, they anticipate that the live lectures will be far more interesting and comprehensible than reading the same material from a textbook. However, everyone who has gone to school knows that while some classes are better, more interesting, or just livelier than others are. The difference in student enjoyment and engagement is often the type of learning that is going on in the classroom, the difference between passive and active learning.
Passive learning takes place in the traditional classroom. This kind of class usually has a teacher who lectures while the students merely take notes in a passive manner. Most teachers in a passive classroom simply dictate information and answers. At the end of each of the sessions, the students usually remember only about ten percent of the content taught during the class session. The lecturer in passive learning is a verbal textbook.
The other kind of class, the active kind, usually has a teacher who stimulates students to learn for themselves by asking questions, by posing problems, and most of all by interacting with the class – being a student too by receiving information as well as giving it out. Students in active classes become more involved in their learning; they ask questions about why and how. They are more alert and responsive. Learning becomes fun.
There is a difference between knowing a fact and understanding it. Despite their outward similarities, the passive kind of class is clearly inferior to the active one for helping students understand the world around them.
Technology enhanced training environments enable educational institutes to maintain the benefits of traditional learning methods while improving delivery tools to enhance the learning process. Technology enhanced learning focuses on active learning.
Technology enhanced training solutions focus on monitoring, applying and reviewing effective use of technology in education. Specially designed classrooms promote hands-on, interactive, collaborative learning: Instead of chalkboards, the walls are covered with whiteboards, display screens, and video projectors. Classroom activities include extensive use of network laptops. Instructors no longer lecture from a fixed location, but walk around with a wireless microphone or remote control talking to students about their work, assessing their understanding, facilitating interaction, and promoting better learning.