Importance of Audiovisual in Teaching- B.Ed

Importance of Audiovisual in Teaching

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Schools have made tremendous progress with the increasing use of audio-visual aids, but there is still much more that can be done to improve the teaching-learning process. While the term “audio-visual” has been used for many years, it wasn’t until recent technological advances that the concept came into focus. The emergence of smartphones and mobile devices such as iPads and smartphones, along with new tools for computer and hardware programming, has added an entirely new level of accessibility and ease for teachers and students to interact in an online or on-site manner. Furthermore, various ways that people communicate, whether it be through their phone or by mail, also make them less likely to miss out on what’s happening in one another’s houses.

The educational technology community has come up with a plethora of solutions and resources to help increase student achievement. One of these solutions is distance learning. Distance learning refers to the educational mode (lectures, simulations, discussions) that are given to students at one location and then, after the lesson is completed, are brought back to the initial location where the information was taught. This way of education provides the benefits of traditional distance learning while not having to spend time away from your classroom, but at the same time, you don’t have to physically go to any place. There is, however, a downside to distance learning. As opposed to other instructional modes like textbooks or lectures, distance learning in-person classes are often shorter or less frequent than traditional classroom settings.

However, there are several advantages of distance learning. First and foremost is the fact that distance learning does enable teachers and students from different cities or countries to participate in classes in the same setting. It is quite common for people from different parts of the world to travel to attend a class in person. However, distance learning enables people from one area to be able to interact with the teacher or the students from another area. More so, distance learning takes the pressure off the teacher as they can now allow the students and themselves some flexibility with terms and conditions of the lesson, which is the norm when you’re using a textbook. For example, a teacher working with very young children will likely feel comfortable giving them tasks that require a particular skill that is lacking in them. Nowadays, with distance learning comes more autonomy and choice than in traditional classrooms, which may not even allow students to know they are participating in a class. Secondly, distance learning enables teachers and students to work together towards a shared goal, for example, creating a collaborative book club, group projects, or studying in small groups. Students may even be able to solve problems as part of the course and become active collaborators within their schools and communities. Together with this, distance learning gives rise to greater cross-cultural cooperation, which may eventually lead to improved outcomes across multiple fields or disciplines. Lastly, distance learning allows teachers and students from diverse areas to be seen by others outside their own communities, resulting in better understanding and respect for one another and for communities beyond.

However, despite all the positives associated with distance learning, there are some drawbacks too. Firstly, due to the increased independence and autonomy of the students, they are more prone to get bored with the subject matter. Even those who have the most intelligent minds usually start getting bored in situations with small groups or who just want to play games. So, it is important that students are provided with the right amount of assignments to keep them engaged. Also, in distance learning, the learning material is somewhat abstract and sometimes challenging, and difficult to follow. For example, if you teach an elementary science curriculum to middle school students or introduce math concepts to high school students, both types of students may not be interested. It may take longer for them to follow along or grasp the concepts and knowledge. Thus, it is very important that the language used, content, and activities selected for the teaching process of your class are aligned with the overall goals and objectives of the learning session or lecture.

What do we know for sure?

There are so many things you can do to make your distance learning sessions unique and different. You can vary the frequency of the lessons by changing the length of the session, depending on your needs. You can involve interesting stories, activities, or questions that push your class members to think and bring them back for questioning. You can incorporate interactive lessons with live feedback and group discussion. If you incorporate video conferencing into your teaching practice, you can also create presentations made up entirely of short videos and add slides to help your audience digest the information. Additionally, instead of merely delivering lectures, you can also offer e-lectures and give students a choice and freedom. On top of that, you can mix and match courses to suit the needs of your class, giving each student the ability to choose their own topics and subjects.

While distance learning is not for everyone, there are some cases where there is no other available medium by which a teacher or students can learn. These include low literacy levels, poor lighting, poor technology and an internet connection, lack of mobility, limited home or hotel rooms, and limited access to computers or telephones. The good thing about distance learning is that it enables everyone to feel like they are participating from anywhere in the world, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that there’s not someone else with which to share their experiences as well. Learning is never easy, and it requires us to reach our full potential. Still, we can always find something new to try and share our views with the world, as long as we remain willing to pay the price.