Sheryl Lee Rogers
Senior Manager – Digital Professional Learning & Development
Sheryl is responsible for the design, development and deployment of digital resources and environments that are at the heart of TELLAL’s methodologies.
Education in 2020 has looked a little different. Around the world schools, institutions, universities and academies have had to drastically adapt their programmes and facilitate learning continuity wherever possible. The essence of that evolution has been the move to use virtual tools and technologies to deliver learning. The role of technology is here to say, and some predict that the use of tech tools to enhance student learning beyond the traditional classroom will be the way of the future. As we enter a new frontier in tech education, it is vital that our use of technology is meaningful, and we draw on the expertise of leaders in the market to inform our purchasing decisions.
As one would expect with an influx of new software and programming options, schools without experience can be overwhelmed by the choices. Particularly in a rush to make distance learning a success, those with good intentions can find themselves saddled with technology that doesn’t suit their purpose or objectives. At TELLAL we have a proven track record in championing blended and virtual learning, which has significantly enhanced our technology expertise. We believe that ‘education drives technology’, not the other way around. The type of technology that will benefit the way we teach and train is created as a result of examining innovative educational techniques. It is a tool we use, not the framework for our output.
If you have been inundated with news and updates on the latest ‘must-have’ app or ‘game-changing’ programme, it might be time to take a beat. Virtual learning will continue to be a part of our educational system for the foreseeable future so it is important we make the right decisions. The first step is to ask if the technology suits your institution, i.e. suitable for ages, relevant to curriculum, capable of enhancing materials etc. The second step is to determine its effectiveness. Utilising technology that won’t improve learning is a big waste. That is why technology driven by education is far more useful, as it is designed to produce tangible and lasting results that actually benefit your students. It should be localised to improve engagement, smart enough to challenge and effective at strengthening retention.
At TELLAL we have long pioneered the effectiveness of Virtual Simulation Training. This innovative technology has proven itself capable of transforming the way we train and learn, adaptable to cultural nuances and highly effective in producing results. Simulation training offers mixed reality scenarios that challenge and teach through a blend of artificial and human intelligence. By immersing the student in real life environments, it not only enhances their experience, it allows for real time interactions and highly-effective evaluations. Effective in both corporate and educational settings, this type of technology is revolutionising professional training. One of the key reasons it is so effective? Its ability to be tailored and localised. TELLAL worked with Mursion INC. based in the US to ‘arabise’ our virtual simulation training so that participants could really connect and engage with the scenarios they would practice in. That type of detail not only improves the way they use the programme, it significant increases long-term retention. By using the right technology we can improve the performance of our teachers which enhances the opportunity for our students and safeguards their future development.
Technology needs to generate real results, for students and teachers, particularly in a time when the way we educate is evolving so rapidly. Education is crucial to our future stability and the progress of younger generations, which means we have a responsibility to strive for the very best, from our methodologies to our resources. If you would like to talk to one of the TELLAL team about virtual learning or simulation training, please get in touch via +971 (0)4 403 5146 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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