The future of learning has arrived. More than three years after the pandemic forced most of the world's students into online studying, remote learning has become a standard way of learning new skills, changing careers and working toward more advanced positions.
But remote learning doesn't look like it used to. Here are four advancements that are bringing the experience forward.
Science has repeatedly proven that participation improves students' ability to learn and retain information. Providing this interactivity was a stumbling block for online educators for many years.
Engaging students via a digital medium was more difficult. Student interaction was limited to video or even text-based discussions.
Immersive learning has changed the picture entirely. Thanks to advanced technology such as 3D modeling and online skill simulations, course designers can now integrate hands-on activities into a digital curriculum.
For example, in MedCerts' newly redesigned Intro to Human Anatomy and Medical Terminology course, students interact with 3D digital modeling of the human body. Students can manipulate images to see systems from multiple angles, exploring the body at a deeper level.
Artificial intelligence (AI) in education has gotten a lot of press in the past few years, and some of it hasn't been good. But beneath the clickbait lies a tool with immense potential.
Take the growing market for professional certificates. Experts predict this ever-increasing market will serve 67 million students by 2027, and each student needs different support to succeed.
AI makes it easier for course providers to customize programs and offer individual feedback. For example, in a self-paced course like MedCerts, AI technology can analyze student data and provide personalized recommendations. Each student gets their own learning plan without the cost of personal tutoring.
Micro-lessons make learning more personalized by offering five- to 15-minute lessons on a single topic so students can engage with the material in short, focused bursts.
Micro-lessons are often interactive and may be part of a broader curriculum unit. For instance, a student might complete a lesson that covers a specific skill, then watch a brief demonstration to reinforce the concept.
These lessons have broad applications across many types of remote learning, including career education. Career changers typically juggle other responsibilities, such as work and family, and micro-lessons make learning programs easier to digest.
Gamification is a popular online learning method. It provides a new way for students to engage and makes the curriculum more exciting.
In one survey, 83% of students who participated in gamified learning felt motivated, compared to 61% in traditional training. Meanwhile, boredom dropped from 31% to 10%.
Interactive technology has made it easier to include game-based elements in remote learning. Students can take online quizzes, participate in hands-on training games, and solve puzzles related to the topic.
MedCerts uses advanced technology to design an enhanced remote learning experience for all students. Students in hands-on fields such as healthcare and IT get a real sense of what to expect in their new career while learning and practicing the skills they'll use daily.
To learn more about training for a new career in an engaging and participatory environment, speak to a MedCerts education consultant today.
Dana has over twenty (20) years’ experience in Allied Healthcare and Education, and currently serves as the Chief Product Officer for MedCerts where he is responsible for product vision and strategy, research, and development.
Dana joined MedCerts upon its founding in 2009, and has led the research, development, and production of the entire catalog of programs that have helped MedCerts transform the distance learning landscape. Leveraging state-of-the-art technologies and innovative instructional design practices, Dana and his team have pioneered the development of the MedCerts 12 Elements of eLearning. Each MedCerts program contains a proprietary blend of these engaging, interactive, and entertaining elements that effectively accommodate learners of all types. Dana is deeply in-tune with the needs of today’s healthcare employers and is an expert in careers and certifications related to allied health.
Dana holds a Bachelor of Science in Education (BS) degree from Valparaiso University, and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Davenport University. Dana is an avid sports fan and in his free time enjoys mountain biking, woodworking, knifemaking, and spending time with his family and pets.