EVOLUTION OF LEARNING METHODOLOGIES FOR A SMARTER WORLD
‘All work and no play, makes Jack a dull boy’. But, then that has been the background story of our traditional education systems from all times and all around. Each child, in accordance with their country rules and education system, is set to enter their schools. They then, give a massive period of 12-20 years of their lives learning in this very system, exiting at youth and beyond. The sole method of imparting education, especially in our country, for the longest time period have been lectured by teachers and therein, notes written down from the blackboards and textbooks. Let us try to examine in detail this journey of learning methodologies until this level and its future henceforth.
It all began with the human inherent requirement to transfer their acquired and learned knowledge to their peers and coming generations. The early man tried to transfer this knowledge through prehistoric signs and symbols (unearthed by archaeologists) engraved on cave-walls for storing and longevity of learning. But, this was a very impractical and unapproachable means of learning. The major issues were:
- Unapproachable: Learner had to go to the cave for learning.
- Differential Understanding: Different individual perceived different meanings of the same symbols due to the lack of a common communication platform.
Thus, learning and its transfer methodologies had to further evolve. This led to the usage of clay tablets and leaves for learning transfer with ease.
The difference in understanding levels led to the development of various scripts and then the languages in various civilizations. Our ‘Vedas’ and ‘Puranas’, written by the ‘Rishis’ and the ‘Yogis’, were developed in this era itself. Paper was invented by the Chinese in 105 A.D., which became the preferred mode of transfer of education and continued being so for centuries to come. Learning became accessible and approachable, but:
Efficiency of education was very low as the technique in itself was very boring and required years of hard work.
Further, human development led to the advent of the era of Human Liberties and Industrial Revolution. Power of the machines was analyzed, which, further led to the development of the most important machine of all times, COMPUTER. All learning slowly began being typed for ease of transfer and being accompanied by corresponding images too for better understanding. Learning could now be transferred across the globe with a click of fingers. This is called e-learning. E-learning is basically, learning imparted by utilizing electronic technologies to access educational curriculum outside of a traditional classroom.
E-learning text has now given ways to Brain Simulating Interactive Modules (BILS) that are being touted by the innovators as the penultimate level in education imparting-methodologies. It enables the creation of a world of images and videos for the learner that he may explore at his will, time, space and liking. They consist of very interactive storyboards that ensure learning reaches the mind of the learner directly, yet interestingly. The learner learns, applies and tests his knowledge, all through innovative designing of application development. He is made to enter the learning and be a part of it. All this and much more can be experienced through virtual-Reality technology based BILS modules developed by Hellosaarthi Technologies in India. Learning has been made accessible, approachable and cent percent efficient, all enabled through click of fingers or movement of the eye. From cave walls to thin air, learning and its transfer methodologies has transformed human, their development and their living as well.