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Learning environments

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  2. 2. Learning environment,is the sum of the internal and external circumstances and influences surrounding andaffecting a persons learning.If we traveled back in time to a college classroom of, say, 1900, what would we see? Aprofessor standing at the front of the room lecturing. Students sitting in desks in rows, takingnotes on paper. Some interaction between the students and the professor—probably not somuch between students. We would see books, pencils, a chalkboard and erasers.There wouldn’t be laptops, projectors, and iPhones. No one would be surfing the web or sendinginstant messages to people in another classroom across campus or on the other side of the world.Looking at any college campus today, we would see these and other changes, many of which are theproducts of developments in technology and some that are not. In higher education today, studentsand faculty carry always connected electronic devices. The amount of information available fromthose devices dwarfs what was formerly available in any university library. Some classes meet inrooms with desks and a professor who lectures, but students today also have access to learningresources in a coffee shop, at the rec center, sitting under a tree. The introduction of informationtechnology into virtually every aspect of our lives has led educators and students to think differentlyabout where and how learning takes place. Technology has opened vast numbers of new doors intolearning; it has also helped us better understand facets of learning that have nothing to do withtechnology. It is the catalyst that compels us to look at what’s new, what isn’t new, and to try tounderstand how all of the factors work together.What would we see, then, if we traveled forward in time? As we develop an understanding of themany elements that influence learning and work to arrange those elements in ways that improvelearning, what does teaching and learning look like? Where and how does learning take place? Who isinvolved?There is a strong and growing desire to try to make sense of the remarkable changes that colleges anduniversities have undergone in the past generation and to understand IT in the wide framework ofeducational opportunities. Technology has precipitated a discussion that ultimately goes beyondtechnology, one that seeks to understand what institutions of higher education and the people inthem can do to create the circumstances for effective learning.The term environment denotes the totality of the surroundings and conditions in which something orsomeone lives or functions. A discussion about learning environments starts with a physical space, avirtual equivalent, or at least a set of organizational principles that had their origins in aconventionally space-influenced model. Whether a classroom, an island in a virtual domain, or a chat2|Page
  3. 3. room in a learning management system (LMS), this core place features connections to other placesand resources.Electronic Class room:A class room equipped of multimedia to enhance the learning process.A class in finance might, for example, include a real-time connection to a stock-trading floor.Technology can also provide an interactive, immersive experience, joining language students withnative speakers via a teleconference or sending them on a virtual walk through ancient Romanbuildings.Positive sides about this electronic class room is that : 1- It can help in understanding things in a quick way and easy way 2- It is very interesting, exciting and of great fun. 3- It is up to date all the timeNegative sides about this electronic class: 1- May be it lacks the physical interaction between students 2- They are always dealing on a virtual level 3- The teacher is not that much effective like in real class rooms.Digital Story telling :Telling a story through digital devices.Positive sides about digital story telling : 1- It can save effort and time. 2- It can provide the musical atmosphere for students. 3- It provides the correct pronunciation for words and vocabulary.Negative sides about digital story telling: 1- No interaction between students and this digital story telling 2- No teacher who knows when to stop and when to continue?? 3- No comments or more explanation during the digital storytelling, no questions raised by students!3|Page
  4. 4. E-Books :It is completely digital on a lap top or a computer reader.Positive sides about E-books : 1- You can read easily and you save the environment. 2- No need for papers , stick notes or a pencil 3- You can open it and read it from anywhere! No need to take the whole shelf of books with you.Negative sides about the E-Books: 1- No physical interaction between the book and the student 2- If there is an electric shut down you cannot read! 3- You cannot take notes or write down your notes on the books.4|Page