Digital learning is transforming the way we learn, says Professor David Pouyanne of the University of Western Australia.
He has spent much of his career studying how people learn and he is optimistic the internet can do the same for students.
Professor Pouyannen, who is also a research associate in the Department of Electrical Engineering at UWA, says the internet has the power to bring people together.
“We’re talking about a massive demographic of people, and the internet is really changing the way they think and engage in that,” he said.
“It’s changing how we communicate and how we learn.”
What we’re trying to do is to make sure that the people that have the most opportunities, the brightest minds, and have the best opportunities in the world, that those are the people who are getting the most value for their time and money, and it’s changing the world in a really positive way.
“Professor Pouyaanen says there are plenty of lessons to be learned from the past.”
The internet changed everything, but it changed how we did things in a way that’s quite different from how we do things now,” he explained.”
When the internet was first introduced, you could have a very strong community, but the internet changed that, the whole community was very, very, different from the way it is now.
“There’s a lot of things we need to do to ensure that we are getting our digital literacy right, because there’s going to be a lot more digital literacy to come.”
The online university system is now more popular than ever.
The online learning model, which was pioneered in the US, has now taken off in Australia and is used in schools in more than 70 countries.
The model is based on the idea that people can learn online at their own pace and that teachers are empowered to deliver the content at their chosen pace.
Professor Poupyanen said teachers were increasingly seeing the benefits of using the online model and teachers were beginning to embrace the model.
“You have teachers who have been teaching for years and they’re starting to realise, ‘OK, we need some tools and this is going to really make it easier for us to get a better education,’ ” he said