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Cyberlearning, a relatively new field of research, focuses on teaching methods that prepare learners of all ages to function in innovative technological environments. In a recent report, researchers of the Center for Innovative Research in Cyberlearning explore major trends in the field of educational technology to help educators and students understand or predict where education may be headed over the next decade.
According to the report, researchers suggests that, “students can learn challenging content with the support of emerging technologies – findings that are needed to guide the future of learning technology” (Roschelle et al.).
Results of the report share several emerging concepts, two of which indicate: first, student participation increases when they have access to touchscreen interfaces; second, student engagement increases when interfaces integrate virtual peers or coaches such as avatars or artificial Intelligence. Cyberlearning attempts to use these ideas to develop new applications that make classrooms more immersive and engaging.
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