The real-time web has completely transformed the way we interact. With the ability to receive information as it’s published, virtual environments are making us more productive, and more connected, than ever before. Many of us already take real-time media for granted, using it instinctively to communicate without considering the impact it has on our relationships. Facilitating a more personal and one-to-one experience, real-time technology (RTT) is revolutionizing how businesses interact with their customers, how consumers interact with their content, and how we interact with those around us. Building new and improved relationships, the real-time web is making the world a much smaller, connected space, providing a glimpse into the future of a more collaborative, inclusive and effective education.
1. More Emphasis on Collaboration
With more of an emphasis on collaboration, real-time technology is bringing instructors, students, mentors and administrators together in a way that ensures better learning. Connecting and sharing instantly, students using real-time platforms are encouraged to collaborate with their peers, as educators and mentors are kept informed with a real-time view of student activity. Working together, students are afforded the best support throughout their learning, allowing for a one-to-one experience that leaves no one behind.
2. Better Insights for Better Support
With a real-time view of progress and performance, educators using a platform like Fishtree’s adaptive system can benefit from the most transformative insights on every student’s learning, as it happens. Accessing key information such as how far each student has progressed in an assignment, where exactly one might be struggling, and which resources were used to reach reach an objective, educators can follow every student as they continue along their learning paths. With better insights, instructors can provide better support, keeping every student on target, and reaching every objective on time.
3. Instant Response to Student Needs
Along with the incredible insights provided by adaptive learning systems, real-time support and feedback options mean educators can make immediate use of the information they receive. With the ability to provide instant support, educators can ensure struggling students get the help that they need, when they need it, while advancing students get the challenge they crave. Not only does this revolutionize the way educators respond to student needs, it builds the relationship between educator and student in a way that guarantees every student feels motivated and supported at all times.
4. One-to-One Learning Experience
With every student receiving a one-to-one learning experience, students and educators alike are empowered and engaged in a combined effort to reach their goals. The ability to learn on a continuous basis in the “here and now”, in a more informal setting, results in increased levels of engagement and retention, helping students to progress and excel. Breaking down the traditional communication barriers between instructor and student, real-time learning amplifies student voice, driving stronger relationships and better learning outcomes.
So far, we’ve seen the positive impact technology is having on 21st century education, allowing for more flexibility in a crowded space by saving time, and driving better outcomes. Education of the future depends on real-time solutions to keep educators informed, and to ensure a one-to-one learning experience for every student. Real-time systems that focus on collaboration and personalization, combined with dynamic pedagogy that incorporates a range of innovative models, are setting the stage for the classrooms of the future. In a more transparent and personalized environment, with the right balance between virtual and hands-on learning, no student is left behind, and every need is met.
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About the author:
Lorna Keane specializes in language teaching and has taught in second and third-level institutions in several countries. She holds a B.A in languages and cultural studies and an M.A in French literature, theory and visual culture. Follow her on Twitter or connect on LinkedIn.