Curriculum And Learning Method
These days, it seems as if there is a lot to learn and comparatively time to learn it. This is especially true in the business world, where rapidly emerging technologies change every industry annually, from corner coffee shops to multinational manufacturing concerns. Businesses must strive to adapt by learning for fall behind into sagging sales and profits. Still, as all sciences frequently improve these days, so too has the science of learning. Research in the field of education has come up with a great many different ways for business people to learn what they need to at a rate they can handle while still keeping pace with rapidly changing developments.
Learning by doing
Perhaps the most effective learning method is the tried and true distributed practice method. Discovered in the 19th century and adequately researched in the 1970s, this learning method is based on the principle that by studying a curriculum in a larger number of short sessions, human beings (and indeed the entire animal kingdom) learn more effectively than they do in fewer long sessions of study.
This is based on the psychological phenomenon known as the spacing effect and is perhaps the most effective way to learn anything, yet it takes a lot of disciplines to maintain. Its opposite, massed practice, is long sessions of study and has been proven to be less effective hen distributed practice.
A more recent learning method, made possible through modern technologies, is adaptive learning. This learning method is based on using computers as a teaching tool; a carefully programmed set of software evaluates the learned based on answers to a set of questions and adapt the presentation of the material in a manner that the student will likely find the most efficient.
A visual learner will receive more images in their curriculum than one who learns best through reading (who will likely get a good bit of text in their curriculum) and while both students are getting the same information, it is being presented in a way that will likely help them learn best. While the technology is still in is infancy and is, admittedly, far from perfect, it is already making a splash in educational circles.
Another relatively new learning method is connected learning. Put forth as a means of using the learner’s personal interests, relationship to their peers and achievements in their world to hasten the learning process, this is another form of learner-centered teaching.
The curriculum is adapted to the learner’s personal interests, one way or another as interest in a subject increases the ability to learn it. Connected learning also works peer interaction into the curriculum to encourage all learners to participate in the process; among friends and peers, people more easily share, contribute and give feedback. Perhaps most startlingly, the connected learning model uses networks of institutions and groups working together to further the learning process.
While the exact curriculum varies between learning methods, each presents the material in a specialized way. And, with specialization becoming an ever more important aspect of modern society, it simply makes sense that even our learning should be more focused.