Alternative learning methods

Teaching and learning are no longer restricted to the classroom as new devices allow students to learn just about anywhere.

WELCOME to the new age learner where students no longer depend solely on their teachers to feed them knowledge.

After all, why should they when information is now available at the swipe of their finger?

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) School of Language Studies and Linguistics Assoc Prof Dr Radha M.K Nambiar explains that the 21st century learner is someone who is in touch with technology but needs to be critical and analytical when processing content from various sources, be it print or digital, while remaining ethically responsible.

In layman’s terms, someone who is “ethically responsible” is one who checks and verifies the credibility of content before sharing it with others.

“At the same time, the person must be able to create credible content. That person should also be aware of cultural difference and how these cultures interpret information or events differently.”

She shares that the 21st Century Literacy Summit Report defines “literacy as a set of abilities and skills where aural, visual and digital literacy overlap”.

“These include the ability to understand the power of images and sounds, to recognise and use that power, to manipulate and transform digital media, to distribute them pervasively, and to easily adapt them to new forms.”


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