Conventional Practices of Formal Learning No Longer Apply to the Masses: Informal Hands-on Learning Induces Notable Results

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Conventional Practices of Formal Learning No Longer Apply to the Masses: Informal Hands-On Learning Induces Notable Results

Should colleges and universities remodel their current formal lecture system to better cater to students? Should we view education as a humanistic experience or as a consumer product? Does attending a lecture (formal) fair more informative or uninformative to its counterpart – participatory/online interactive learning (informal)? Formal is a word that all individuals have encountered at some point in their life. Whether it be taking a formal approach to something or dressing in formal attire, one can deduce that the word is associated with something that is meant to be perceived as appropriate. The Standard College Dictionary, Canadian Edition defines formal as, “Of, pertaining to, or based on established methods, models, or forms; conventional” (“Formal” def. 1). The problem with conventionalities is that they hinder one’s true potential, often making it difficult for an individual to develop practical hands-on competencies. Yes, formal training is paramount in today’s society and most likely will be for as long as educational institutions remain, but more emphasis needs to be put on enriching and empowering students in their specific talent areas. A more hands-on approach to education – allowing students to interact and experiment in real world scenarios – would prove most vital, enjoyable, and beneficial to students’ success than that of remaining inert within a lecture hall. The following will observe both methods of learning and unlock strategies to better adhere to the future success of students.
Since the first educational institution opened its doors in 1088 (University of Bologna), universities and colleges alike have been known to champion their curriculums around methods of formal learning. They did this (and still do) with the…...

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