The usage of technology platforms like Google Classroom, MS Teams, and Zoom has facilitated massive growth and scaling of education. Technology like MOOC (Massive Open Ware Online Courses) launched by MIT in the USA have paved the way for the simultaneous provision of education to hundreds of thousands of students globally. These technologies are now widely used by educational and business institutions globally for education and training purposes.
NEIEA has opted for Google Classroom. It is an online platform developed by Google to facilitate communication, collaboration, and assignment management between teachers and students. It aims to streamline the process of creating, distributing, and grading assignments in a digital environment. It operates primarily as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a virtual classroom.
Google Classroom can support online learning by providing a central hub for teachers to organize and deliver materials, resources, and assignments. It allows students to access course materials, submit assignments digitally, and engage in discussions with peers and teachers regardless of their physical location.
Discourse-oriented pedagogy when combined with digital curriculum development and assessment tools like Google Docs and Google Forms, it can enhance the learning experience in several ways:
Digital Curriculum in Google Docs
Google Docs enables seamless collaboration among educators and instructional designers, fostering dynamic and agile curriculum development through real-time editing and continuous improvement based on feedback and evolving educational needs.
Interactive Learning Materials
Discourse-oriented pedagogy integrates interactive learning materials in the digital curriculum, promoting active student engagement through discussions and exploration of diverse content types.
Collaborative Learning Opportunities
Google Docs facilitates collaborative writing, enhancing discourse-oriented pedagogy by promoting joint problem analysis, solution discussions, and co-creation of knowledge, fostering improved teamwork and communication skills among students.
Real-Time Feedback and Assessment
Google Forms functions as an assessment tool, enabling instructors to create quizzes and surveys for gauging students’ understanding, progress, and feedback, while providing real-time feedback to address individual needs and improve teaching approaches.
Incorporating online tools like Jamboard, MathSpad, and Equatio enhances discourse-oriented pedagogy and digital curriculum development. Jamboard fosters collaboration, geometrical construction, and conceptual mapping, while MathSpad encourages hands-on exploration and visualization in geometry. Equatio simplifies mathematical representation, enhances accessibility, and facilitates efficient feedback and assessment, providing an interactive, engaging, and inclusive learning environment..