Integrated Education

Integrated Education and Self-paced Learning

  • Ayushi Singh
    Ayushi Singh

Every child is awarded unique abilities and skills. These skills shape their personalities and help them become a better person. In addition, the traits also differentiate children from one another. So we cannot expect every student to behave or act in a specified way. Not all students learn and remember information in the same way. Moreover, they have different learning paces; but conventional schooling does not take into account these differences. As a result, students need to adjust to the learning pace of the entire classroom. Such adjustments may lead to:

  • Piling up of questions in student’s minds
  • Inattentiveness in the classroom
  • The disparity in learning outcomes

However, these disparities can be removed by adopting an integrated education system. The integrated education system can solve the challenges of a traditional classroom.

How can an integrated education system solve the challenges of offline learning?

An integrated education system allows students from different backgrounds to learn and grow together. It focuses on the learning pace of the individual student. That is why an integrated education system promotes equality. Moreover, it also solves the issues of offline learning. Some ways to deal with the challenges of traditional classrooms are:

  • Learning beyond classroom walls

Through features like teacher-student chats and discussions, students can ask their queries to their teachers in real-time. They do not have to wait for the upcoming lecture to resolve their doubts. The chats and discussions feature is also helpful for students during revision time. They can understand complex topics within minutes by connecting with their teachers. Once their queries are answered, they can move on to the next topic.

In physical classrooms, students may feel intimidated when asking questions. However, such feelings can be eliminated by leveraging online tools. Moreover, students have the benefit of watching recording sessions. If they cannot understand a topic in the classroom, they can take help from the recorded lessons.

Students can learn beyond the classroom walls through an integrated education system. Some ed-tech tools that aid integrated education are:

  1. Live and recorded lessons

2. Quizzes and online tests

3. Online assignments

4. Chats and discussions

5. Digital content sharing

These features are crucial to providing a holistic learning experience to students.

  • Use of engaging elements to make learning easy

Textbooks and written notes are the prime sources of learning in a traditional classroom. However, these sources do not work well in an online learning setup. As a result, teachers require new ways to engage students in an online classroom. Audio-visual content and other multimedia formats make online learning interactive for students. However, these benefits are achievable when ed-tech tools support multimedia and digital content sharing. The digital content sharing feature of Teachmint simplifies the teaching process. Moreover, it makes learning engaging and interesting.

The goal of ed-tech tools should be to eliminate the fear of a subject from students’ minds. This can only be possible when students enjoy learning. Features like chats and discussion forums keep students connected and help them enjoy learning.

  • Student progress tracker

Every child has an individual learning curve. Moreover, the learning pace differs vastly. So tracking the learning process becomes crucial. However, accurate tracking of students' performance becomes challenging in traditional classrooms. LMS helps teachers track student progress by providing a dashboard for institute administrators. Teachers and principals can use this tool to track how their students are performing academically. In case of a lag in performance, teachers can suggest corrective measures.

LMS ensures that teachers easily monitor classroom performance. The integrated education system helps teachers track students' progress in each subject. Moreover, they can also check and manage attendance. The attendance tracking feature keeps a tab on students present in a classroom on a particular day.

What are the benefits of an integrated education system?

An integrated education system offers immense benefits to learners. Some of them include:

  • It has detailed lesson plans to ensure the curriculum is not compromised. Moreover, a detailed lesson plan keeps students engaged as they get an opportunity to learn new skills.
  • Parents can keep a record of their child’s classroom performance. Moreover, they learn about the attendance record of their children.
  • An integrated education platform recognizes the importance of the learning curve. That is why the platform helps teachers understand the lag in students’ performance.

School administrators and other stakeholders can keep an eye on academic performance using an integrated education system.

What happens when students learn at their own pace?

When students are left to learn at their own pace, they widen their learning horizons. Moreover, they try to delve deeper into the subjects. As a result, they develop an interest in learning new skills and subjects. Giving students a choice to foster their learning also makes them independent. Some of the benefits of self-paced learning for students include:

  • Making choices

When students are given a choice to manage their pace of learning, they become active participants. It also enhances their engagement levels and helps them understand the topics more clearly.

  • Learning from mistakes

When students are in charge of their learning, they may make mistakes during the learning process. However, such errors help them learn. Moreover, self-learning also encourages students to take accountability for their actions. Furthermore, they can monitor their progress during an activity or project.

  • Engaging in reflection

Reflecting on the learning process is vital to understanding what you have gained. Integrated education helps students to spend some time on self-reflection.

Students may ask the following questions to themselves:

  • What aspect of learning did they enjoy the most? Did it help them in any way? How?
  • What aspects of learning were least effective? How can it be improved?
  • What actions can improve your performance? How can you use feedback for improved learning?
  • What did you learn from the given assignments? Was it helpful?

Self-reflection also helps teachers to improve the curriculum and lesson plan for students.

  • Being in charge of their future

Self-learning makes students responsible for their actions. Moreover, it fills a sense of belongingness in them. Students also feel valued and respected when they make decisions and become in charge of their future.

Taking accountability for your actions makes you empowered. In nutshell, we can say that an integrated education system promotes accountability, equality, and inclusion.