The Covid pandemic has disrupted education across the world forcing schools and colleges to go online. Since last year students, teachers and parents have been doing their best to adapt to this new normal. Experts say e-learning can lead to anxiety and fatigue among children. Educational consultant designed some e-learning, that looks something like virtual instructor infront of a virtual whiteboard delivering virtual bullet-points. When we thought of using virtual reality in education, this isn’t what we had in mind, unfortunately this what e-learning looks like today and no one’s learning anything from it. Think about how absurd that is, how did we get here? Well, our earliest instincts around educations are actually based on storytelling. We know this from our archeological data, people telling other peoples stories, people teaching other people using human stories. It’s how we learned and hoe we communicate. When we fast-forward 40,000 years, we now have beautiful, scalable, mobile enabled e-learning that can use to teach people on opposite ends of the world the same thing at the same time. But somewhere between the caves and clicking , we got so focused on building this technology that we forgot about the one and only thing that matters in education- the people.
e-learning can be used to teach everyone everywhere with good hygiene practices to stop the spread of disease. e-learning can be used to teach everywhere sustainable living practices to combat the climate crisis. These are global problems that require global solutions. e-learning should be making a contribution to them but it isn’t because we have forgotten about the people and the way we actually learn. If there is one thing that everyone can do is to start refocusing your efforts on people and to start doing e-learning that works and start telling stories again, the science says it actually works. We know that scenario and story based learning can accelerate our time to expertise on a given task. It does that because stories simulate the way we learn through experience and it is more engaging than quiz e-learning.
Why story based learning?
The reason why is that, stories create empathy and this in turn creates personal meaning and finally we know that scenario or story based learning is the best way to teach complex skills like problem-solving and creativity. Precisely the skills that the workforces of today and tomorrow need to solve our biggest problems. Students can easily grab the point of the content. It can be understood while the teachers sharing their experience through the story telling. When the students are learning through e-learning, they go through a dilemma that leads to depression, anxiety and so on. This majorly affects their education and life.
Students learning through online can cause mood change, eye defect as they spend the most of the time looking the electronic devices, fatigue, etc. e-learning not only kills the education but also the students, it often leads to mental trauma. It’s more likely to change our behavior, it’s the one based on the human story, we need to start telling human stories again. It’s not going to be easy which means you can’t cutting and pasting content into an e-learning module. We can get back to empowering people.