Learning Technologies

In recent years, technology has become integrated into teaching at universities as well as at grade schools all over the world, but mostly in the developed world. From usage of digital media, electronic teaching aids, and the Internet, technology is being used to improve student learning, to train teachers, and to enable distance- and e-learning. Thus, knowledge and training have become more accessible than ever before.In response, many universities have created in-house Learning Technologies Centres to support teaching. Examples of technologies that are being used worldwide, or are emerging, include Course Management Systems, clickers (response pads), interactive whiteboards, platforms for remote learning, course recording and archiving tools, virtual worlds, blogs, and social networking. When considering the use of these technologies in Bhutanese education, one must understand and recognize technological and cultural aspects that require careful consideration and adaptation. 

Hence, the evaluation and integration of learning technologies in Bhutan requires three components: expertise and experience in educational technologies, an understanding of existing technological constraints, and Bhutanese values such as GNH, social and environmental harmony. Judicious use of technology in education can create a bed for excellence, curiosity, innovation, and understanding.