Today, e-learning has become a valuable tool in education courses, especially for students who not only prefer to learn at home, but need to have access to course materials while on the go. While, e-learning has proved itself in mainstream education and training to be reliable and effective in providing online education and professional training, e-learning solutions still have room for improvement.
The Fraunhofer Academy – a facility of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft for external training and continuing education programmes – has come up with a new learning application called the "iAcademy". The "iAcademy" is an application that permits users to upload a number of course materials. "´Blended learning´ is one of the hot topics in learning and continuing education," says Dr. Roman Götter, managing director of the Fraunhofer Academy, which brought the application to market jointly with partner Ziemann.IT in November 2012. "The term signifies a form of learning that links together the advantages of conventional in-person events and virtual learning. Through this application, interested parties can take advantage of the digital curriculum in a way that´s even more independent of place or time. Just download once, and you can upload the course materials anytime, anywhere."
In addition to the new version of the "iAcademy" applications, the Fraunhofer Academy also exhibited five new learning programmes for the IT field at CeBIT, a high-tech event showcasing the latest digital IT and telecommunications solutions. These programmes included: Roberta Teacher Training, which uses robots to convey natural sciences material, technology and computer and information sciences to schoolchildren in an exciting and practical manner. Visitors at the exhibit were able to test and programme Roberta, the learning robot, live.
This new wave of online learning programmes and educational games is helping to make teaching and learning more appealing. Rather than associating school with boring essays and dusty blackboards, pupils are finding ways to learn whilst having fun, in the online world with which they are already familiar.
All in all, e-learning is an innovative tool that can provide quality, convenience and cost effective training and education for anyone wishing to further advance their knowledge, skills, and proficiency.