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Every year the Bett show brings together a broad range of leading companies and start-ups focused on education and the pivotal role of technology in the sector. Over 34,000 attend over the four days at ExCeL London and D2L is again looking forward to being a part of it from 24th to the 27th January.
The packed programme will cover a wide range of themes, spanning education at every age and life stage. Three topics we’re particularly looking forward to delving into are:
The ‘flipped’ classroom is not a new concept. It’s been around for a decade or so now and refers to an approach that effectively reverses the learning environment. By this, we mean content that would previously have been shared by teachers and tutors in the classroom is delivered online, while activities generally associated with homework are brought into the classroom.
It’s an approach that aims to maximise classroom time and promote analysis and engagement by students when they’re in school, college or university. Flipped learning is a collaborative approach which can help teachers gain more class time for answering students’ questions and checking understanding.
It’s also an applied knowledge approach. The information studied outside the classroom gives students the basic grounding they need to spend time in class applying their knowledge and exploring the subject in more depth. Of course, the beauty of a blended learning approach – one that incorporates technology-based learning with traditional face to face lectures – is that the model is fluid. Educators can take advantage of a mix of educational tools to create the optimal learning environment for both students and the institution. Ultimately, it’s all about creating the right conditions to deliver the desired learning outcomes.
Data driven tech
To maximise learning success, progress must be measured throughout the learning journey. Here, technology platforms, such as virtual learning environments (VLEs) have the added advantage of constantly capturing data. Analysis of this data can provide a whole range of useful insights including student progress and engagement levels with courses and course materials. Predictive analytics can help identify at-risk students and enable early intervention to get learning back on track.
By having an insight into each student’s individual progress, teachers and tutors can develop learning pathways that are tailored towards each pupil’s success. The data shows where something isn’t working, and this enables something to be done about it. That something could be adding additional content into the student’s work stream to bridge a knowledge gap or arranging a tutoring session to strengthen weaker areas.
The e-portfolio is a fantastic way for students to build a digital record of their achievements. This can equip them well when it comes to applying for courses at the next level of education, embarking on an apprenticeship or entering the world of work. As students’ progress through their study they develop a portfolio of their work and achievements which becomes a transferable, visual CV. They can record grades and assessment outcomes as well as video demonstrations of their knowledge and skills.
Being digital, the portfolio can be added online when the student is outside of the teaching environment. This can include during work placements or on field trips or study exchanges. Students can upload their reflections, comments, videos or other recorded material on their mobile devices to capture experiences while they are still current.
We look forward to delving into these, and many other topics at Bett. We hope to see you there, so do pop by and visit us at stand C391. Or join one of the following sessions at our stand demo theatre!