Work based learning:
1) The tools and technologies in the WBL environment will reflect the learners real world experience. Learners can try collaborative approaches with their real team. Real time/life problems will present themselves and the opportunity will be there for learners to overcome in realistic and relevant ways. Confidence will increase by using new techologies and tools in real scenarios. Digital literacy learning in the workplace will promote active learning. The WBL environment is well known to the learner making them feel safe and secure. The WBL environment may help to alleviate any negative views of education. Being in the learner’s place of work may help to overcome fear of technology, they are in a familiar environment with work mates. The tutor coming into the learner’s work environment may also help to foster a positive relationship based on mutual respect.
Digital technology is often on-site and internet connectivity is consistant. The classroom offers a safe environment for learners to explore new tools and technologies. Availability of a whiteboard can increase the number of presentation opportunities (tutor can use Prezi, PPT etc), teacher has more opporttunity for multi sensory presentation. The classroom is a great place to practice (BYOD) ‘bring your own device’ where the learners can use their own equipment in a safe and secure environment. Delivering DL in the classroom offers the opportunity for learners to make the most of the internet enabling them to conduct online research. Being in the classroom also provides the tutor with more opportunities to enhance the learning experience of the learners. The only constraint that is identifiable is that the classroom may present some learners with a challenge as it may remind them of negative educational experiences from their school days if they had a poor experience of traditional education.
Outdoors/organised field trip:
Teaching DL opportunites outdoors presents more challenges in terms of using technology. Lack of connectivity to the internet may lessen teaching opportunities. Having said that, the mobile technology that is available today will lend itself to the learning experience. The availability of tablets and smart phones provides plenty of opportunities for DL learning. Working outdoors with learners will present the tutor with a great opportunity to get creative with the learners, for example, with the possibility of having no internet or phone signal, how will the learners work collaborativly? Taking the learning experience outdoors offers an opportunity to have fun! With the availability of tablets, the teacher (or indeed the learners) can come up with treasure trails using tools such as Aurasma. The success with teaching DL outdoors will most certainly be in the planning and preparation of the sessions, in particular with regards the technology, elements that would not be an issue in the classroom must be considered (power, connectivity, lights etc).