Discovery learning is one of the methods or techniques that support constructive education as this promotes self-directed learning. In this learning, the students actively involve themselves in learning about things on their own. This type of learning is practised in schools and colleges where the teachers ask the students to search and find information. As a result, the students are engaged, and their curiosity about finding the unknown increases.
According to Kolb’s experiential learning theory, some people learn by doing things. The learners are responsible for their learning. Discovery learning is a technique that is suitable for these types of experiential learners.
eLearning is also one of the formal learning methods, but this learning happens with the help of electronic resources such as the internet. eLearning is where the students can learn on their own. On taking a closer look at this, it could be seen that eLearning is where the students are responsible for their learning. Read about this somewhere? Yes, read the first paragraph again.
Discovery learning is a concept that serves as a base for eLearning. Discovery learning thus makes sense in eLearning. This eLearning was initially not recognised as a valuable tool for knowledge sharing, but, currently, the pandemic has facilitated the growth of this eLearning. Every student has experienced eLearning.
Still wondering how discovery learning is related to eLearning. Some examples would help clarify this.
For instance, in a classroom or an eLearning environment, a tutor might ask the students to search for information that is not available in their course textbooks. This is where the students are pushed towards discovery learning. The students are accustomed to using online for obtaining information. As a result, they search for information using the internet because finding it online is much easier than searching for information from a book (eLearning). Also, finding information online saves time.
Appropriate content should be available to satisfy the educational needs of the students. On considering the above scenario where the students search for information online, content plays a vital role in imparting knowledge by providing right content. Hence, content thereby facilitates discovery learning.
Discovery learning is not process-oriented, it is content-oriented. Different methods are used to promote discovery learning, such as assigning case studies, simulation, problem-based scenarios, group work and many more. Content is king regardless of the type of learning being used or the method used for facilitating discovery learning.
In a school or college environment, providing timely feedback on discovery learning is important for aiding in the development and growth of the students.
Discovery learning is important, and it is more closely related to eLearning. There are numerous ways in which discovery learning is incorporated into eLearning. People should acknowledge that discovery learning could be successful by empowering experiential learners to seek knowledge or information by themselves by using eLearning. Promoting discovery learning in students would trigger their interest and motivate them to learn and be more engaged with a subject.