Can Active Collaboration and Participation Be Achieved With Digital Tools?
A reader sent me an email asking how they could use digital apps and tools to facilitate active collaboration in their classroom. I thought it was an interesting question, and so I decided to reply in the form of a short blog post. I hope you enjoy my answer.
The short answer is yes, active collaboration and participation can be achieved through digital tools. They allow learners to maintain a collaborative environment with their classmates or even learners located across the state, country, or world. When using edtech, opportunities such as classmate to classmate tutoring increase, especially across traditionally difficult subjects like STEM.
The strategies of digital scholarship enable learners to participate in newly emerging academics, scientific research, and professional practices. Rather than just reading about how cardiothoracic surgery works, learners can watch it being done by one of the world’s foremost experts.
With edtech, learners are active participants and collaborators in their education rather than being passive listeners. When learners are involved in obtaining and processing information, they become more responsible and interested in their education.
The adaptability of edtech means that it can be adapted to the various learning styles and practices. No matter whether a learner is a visual, audio, or hands-on learner, digital tools can utilize these strengths to build their knowledge and skills. When tech is utilized for learning and skill development, the speed and accuracy of the learning are improved. Learners can study and learn well in digital learning environments.
No matter what the situation, learners are challenged by having to learn and demonstrate what they know in a way that is various from their usual methods. Learners who are strong writers might be more challenged in showing their knowledge through a video. In contrast, learners who are utilized to proving their learning through test-taking may be more challenged by giving an oral demonstration to their professor.
What do you think? Can active collaboration and participation be achieved via digital tools? Leave your answers in the comment box below?