The benefit of being a digital learner

If there is anything that the last few years have pushed into focus it’s that learning has taken a bold direction. The concept of a digital learner, while not new, has certainly been revolutionized. Learning has been taken out of the classroom, the training workshop, and has been placed into the learners’ hands through technology.

The combination of mobile devices, learner management systems, and skilled coders has allowed teachers and educators to move their learning to digital platforms. Zoom lessons, online work and assignments, and even videos created by teachers explaining the assignment are all possible. How content can be delivered is not the only benefit in the era of digital learning.

Imagine it’s your first day at university and you aren’t sure where your class is, with the tap of a button on an app, a 3D arrow could appear directing you to your class. What if a learner wants to book a time to interact with a lecturer? No problem, lecturers can create digital calendars with meetings times for students to book. Processes like providing marks or feedback become much more responsive as learners can quickly check their progress. Facilitators can track the amount of time learners spend on different modules and react to any problem areas. Small things such as learners being able to see the checklist of books they need to read and their sections can help a learner focus on key learnings rather than miscellaneous management. The use of digital apps can help many processes be much more effective.

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With these examples, one can see how the digital learner does not only benefit from having their educational content online but also how their learning experience can be shaped.

However, as great as these benefits are we need to be aware that not every learner has the same mindset toward digital learning. Older learners today or trainees for a business can often be skeptical or against the notion of online learning and getting them to interact with a learner management solution may be detrimental to their learning.

Pearson’s has done an excellent job at showing how the digital learner is a diverse solution that digital learning can offer, but it is highly dependent on the type of learner you are dealing with. G2C Learning is aware of this difference and that is why we push to always understand the learner before implementing solutions.

FigJam Review

Web-based whiteboarding tools are not something new, popular online whiteboarding tools like Miro and Mural have been around since 2011. On April 21, 2021, Figma announced the release of FigJam the latest addition to this list of growing online whiteboarding tools.

So, what is FigJam?

FigJam provides an online space to collaboratively brainstorm creative solutions, organise and explore ideas and research with a range of tools. In this day and age where working from home and remotely from across the globe is becoming the new normal, Figma has created an intuitive yet simple space that makes it easier to bring teams together to collaborate in real-time.  

In FigJam, the infinite whiteboard is presented as a simple yet aesthetically pleasing dotted grid with a user-friendly toolbar. The simplicity of both the design and functionality of the board and the toolbar makes it quite an easy program to introduce to clients and team members.

Board and Toolbar

This space can be used for a range of purposes and some of the common purposes are:

To make it even easier, FigJam has a range of premade templates for research, team meetings, and diagrams to choose from when starting a new project. If none of those templates meet your project needs you can also explore the templates made by others in the community.

Templates

When doing a project there is a limited but intuitive list of tools in FigJam’s toolbar which include:

Figma has also taken the time to create a list of curated colours that can be used on the marker tool, text, shapes, connectors, and sticky notes. The designers ensured objects that can be written on like shapes and sticky notes are less saturated in colour to create contrast between the text and the coloured objects, helping to create better readability.

Curated Colours

To help one learn how to use all these tools and their related shortcuts there is a handy template called FigJam basics. I would recommend going through this template before starting a project as it is a simple but fun tutorial on how to use all the tools available to you. 

FugJam basics template

FigJam also provides a few methods of communication when working on your project with your team. You can post comments on each other's works and use cursor chats which create a temporary message through live typing, although I personally found the cursor chat somewhat odd to use. However, Figma has announced that sometime in the future they will be adding a built-in voice chat which will not require the use of a third-party program like Zoom.

Cursor Chat
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There are some challenges to FigJam like navigation can become tricky when the board becomes quite large, but price may probably be the biggest challenge for some. For the rest of 2021, FigJam will be free to use but from 2022 they will offer free and paid plans of $8 or $15 per editor per month. The cost of needing a license per editor could become pricey when working on projects with larger teams.

Overall, I think FigJam has the potential to help increase productivity and make it easier to bring teams together in an environment that is becoming more digital. By being a central space for team members to meet in real-time to collaborate, ideate, brainstorm, and get feedback on projects.

Resources: FigJam: https://www.figma.com/figjam/

FigJam Guide: https://help.figma.com/hc/en-us/articles/1500004362321-Guide-to-FigJam

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Client need:

Our client requested an update of their current CBL learning due to regulatory and compliance changes. In addition, they transitioned to a new learner management system of Moodle and needed to ensure compatibility. The CBL content needed to be developed in an HTML format (no flash) and to be SCORM compliant with Moodle with tracking and reporting capability.

Our solution:

G2C Learning reviewed the content of all the current CBL, video and workbooks and designed a standard template to incorporate into the compliance eLearning for launch in 2021.
A standard template and repurposing of existing content was applied to the learning design. The key objective was to design an easy to understand, simple eLearning which could be rolled-out on the new Moodle platform.

Result:

We have noticed that most learners enjoyed the transition to eLearning and would in future prefer this mode.
Another key area is that learners would like the eLearning to be more engaging, this could be in terms of design, interactivity and how key information is conveyed.