With technology becoming ubiquitous, students prefer mobile devices to facilitate learning and increase productivity in and out of university. Gone are the days when teachers utilize traditional methods of teaching to impart knowledge. Students now seek to learn from a digitally-rich curriculum with quick access to internet considering the world as their classroom. The methodology of digital learning helps teachers in meeting the interests and needs of the students in an effective way while training them for the 21st-century work culture. Students prefer group-oriented learning when a module is taught in collaboration with their peers. They desire discussion-based teaching where they can interact and understand ideas rather than attending conventional lectures. This unique approach not only helps them to learn from their experiences but also help them develop creative and critical thinking skills. Let us read about five R’s to engage students of today’s generation and experience a promising teaching environment.
Research-based Methods –
To keep students engaged, it is best to involve them in a variety of active learning methods – use of multimedia in classrooms, less lecture-based sessions and more of collaboration with peers. These techniques will not shift their attention elsewhere, thereby creating a perfect learning environment.
Nowadays, application of any information is more important than knowing about it. With Google available all the time, students can look up for any information and do not usually value it. The role of teachers comes in helping students understand and apply the relevant information, not just disseminate it. Therefore, the teaching pedagogy should include connecting course curriculum to the current trends and formulate relevant activities and learning outcomes.
Raised in a non-authoritative environment where there is a justification for every decision and action, students demand rationale behind new ideas, policies, regulations, and processes. When teachers provide these young learners with socio-economic rationale and appropriate reasoning for any course policies and assignments in a learning atmosphere, they respond positively and grasp quickly.
Friendly interaction with the professor, discussion with their peers and a warm and empathetic learning environment where there are no “wrong answers” – this is what young learners prefer. A restricted classroom session hinders their creativity and freedom to express their opinion. A relaxed collaborative environment with minimum pressure and maximum freedom to finish assignments are what students wish for.
These young learners perform better when the professors or instructors connect with them on a personal level. Raised in a family where parents and older adults show interest in their activities, students prefer the same from their professors. They feel comfortable and show enthusiasm to pursue learning outcomes when teachers show a personal interest in their achievement goals and training and development plans. Developing a positive rapport with students is one of the most difficult of the five R’s, however, with teachers and instructors modifying their teaching strategies and delivery methods, it can be achieved easily.