Why an Educator should rather use Learning instead of Education
Back when I started teaching in 2008 as a French and Spanish language tutor, I would have never imagined that in my early 30 I would still be in the field. But I’m teaching till now.
Most people don’t understand the difference between Education and Learning. For me, education is passing the knowledge from top to bottom whereas, in learning, the teacher and learner can learn from each other. Education is the process of giving knowledge, values, skills, and attitudes, which can be beneficial to an individual. On the other hand, learning is the process of gaining knowledge, values, and abilities.
From the start of the universe, Education has played a prominent role, but education in Ancient Rome progressed from an informal, familial system of education in the early republic to a based on tuition system during the late Republic and the Empire.
Today everyone is a learner. There are lots of ways to learn even without going to an institution, even without spending money from your pockets. MOOC, Khan Academy and Coursera are mentionable.
MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Courses. MOOC gives a course of study which is available over the Internet free of cost to a large number of people. MOOC provides an affordable and flexible way to learn new skills, pursue interests and deliver quality educational experiences at scale. Whether you’re interested in learning for yourself, advancing your career or leveraging online courses to educate your workforce, edX can help.
Khan Academy is a non-profit educational organization established in 2006 by educator Mr. Salman Khan with a goal what is to create an accessible place to educate people. Khan Academy offers exercises for practicing, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard what empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. They tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Their math missions guide learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, they adopt technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps. They’ve also partnered with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to offer specialized content. To visit them, go to https://www.khanacademy.org/
Coursera is considered an institution for-profit; It is an educational technology company that provides massive open online courses. Every course on Coursera is taught by top instructors from the world’s best universities and educational institutions. Courses include recorded video lectures, auto-graded and peer-reviewed assignments, and community discussion forums. When you complete a course, you’ll receive a shareable electronic Course Certificate. Anyone who wants to gain education from Coursera can just go to https://www.coursera.org/
Distance learning is a method of studying in which lectures broadcast or classes are conducted by correspondence or over the Internet, without the student’s needing to attend a school or college. Also called distance education. When I started teaching in 2008, I physically go to my student place or school. In 2017, it is no longer the case, most of my students live outside of Canada, and I’m using distance learning to teach them.