Teaching and learning styles have stayed remarkably same over the last century – teachers talk, students listen (and/or take notes), in a specially designed place called classroom.
However, over last 10 years or so, fueled by Internet, Mobile, and other disruptive innovations, teaching and learning behaviors have been changing:
- Classrooms and teachers are moving online (see virtual schools).
- Teaching is becoming scalable (see MOOC).
- Teaching approach is being flipped (see flipped classroom)
- Learning approaches are being experimented with (see problem-based learning, School in the cloud)
One of the most important behavioral changes (largely facilitated by digitization and device ubiquity) will be this: Learning Objective will become the focus, and the format of the content – eBook, web site, a video, a native app – become secondary. This is because various content formats are just 1 click away, and if I want to learn about “Newton’s first law of motion”, I will choose the format that is best suited for the need (maybe I like to read, or I learn best by watching videos, or doing a simulated experiment) and not bother about whether it is a book or not.