THE LEARNING SHIFT: Why interactive learning tutorials are the new textbooks
CONTENTStudents need current content and practices that focus on the need-to-know for a nurse generalist today and reduces the nice-to-know. With a more tailored scope, students can dive deeper into what they’re learning for better absorption and retention.
Textbooks contribute to the oversaturation of content hindering students and are often outdated the moment they're available for purchase.
LEARNING STYLESWe all know that most students just don’t read. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation reports that the serious-minded, success-focused Generation Z has been steeped in technology since kindergarten. These students’ expectation, then, is for teaching to follow suit.
Textbooks lack engaging components and students don’t have the time required to absorb a textbook.
THE LEARNING SHIFTA shift from textbooks to interactive, online content offers a two-way learning experience where students engage along the way with tutorials packed with multimedia like videos, animations, interactive diagrams, definitions with pronunciations, educational application games, quizzes, virtual scenario challenges, collaboration with classmates, and more. Plus, with online engagement, educators can track student preparedness for class and growth throughout the course or curriculum.
BETTER TEST SCORES
- Double-digit improvements
One study showed online lessons with interactive features improved science test scores by an average of 16.7% compared with 5.7% of students using textbooks.1
- Aid for struggling students
Underachieving students have seen improvements of up to 18% in science scores, closing the gap with peers, when using screen-based solutions.1
- Better performance & higher satisfaction
A study illustrated the effectiveness of fully interactive, multimedia-based e-learning through better student performance and higher levels of satisfaction.2
- Augmented erudition
MENTAL & MOTIVATIONAL ADVANTAGES
- Deeper learning
Research shows the greater engagement with interactive media leads to higher cognitive absorption of content. Plus, specific attributes — physical interaction, interface assessment, absorption, and digital outreach — were proven predictors of attitudinal and learning outcomes.4
- Improved critical thinking
Screen-based multimedia learning materials have proven to be “valid, practical, and effective.”5
- Faster achievement of learning objectives
Tech-based instruction can reduce the time students take to reach a learning objective — by as much as 80%.6
- Increased motivation
Teachers report interactive tutorials increase students’ motivation to learn.7
- Higher enjoyment
Students using interactive modules voluntarily revisit and recomplete assignments at an increased level compared to those using traditional textbooks.8
- Bigger, better, bolder
Interactive learning has proven to motivate students to learn, made learning more exciting, increased students’ attention toward instruction, was more efficient, and increased students’ interest in the class.9
- Immediate feedback on learning
Active learning requires agile teaching, which requires information. Digital learning tutorials, however, with integrated questions, provide immediate feedback on what students have achieved and where they need more assistance.10
- Small vs. major adjustments in teaching
Screen-based modules allow for synchronous assessment; educators can see students’ comprehension in real time, allowing them to make small lesson adjustments as students begin to veer off course rather than taking an assessment just before a major exam and suddenly making significant corrections.10
- Controlled access
Educators report enjoying the ability to release learning in sections, week by week, so students can’t skip ahead and must master what’s in front of them before they can move on.11
Students can learn material at their own pace, rerunning simulations multiple times to help them internalize principles being demonstrated.12
- More challenged tactile learners
Interactive technology benefits a wide variety of learner types. Kinaesthetic learners, in particular, gain from multi-modal options.12
- Superior self-assessment
Screen-based learning provides multiple options for self-assessment, such as via sample problems with step-by-step solutions or interactive checkpoint problems that supply hints when requested.12
- Fun + feedback
Students learning medication-dosage calculations said interactive media was more enjoyable and interesting than textbooks and provided sufficient feedback.13
- Overcoming boredom
Students across four countries preferred the dynamic presentations, effective animation, comic effects, and interactive media of digital learning resources.14
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105 Reasons the switch to digital textbooks is long overdue. [Web log post]. 2019, February. Retrieved from https://tophat.com/blog/digital-interactive-textbooks-future/.
11What to do if students don’t read the textbook. [Web log post]. 2018, November. Retrieved from https://tophat.com/blog/students-dont-read-textbook/.
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