Evaluating Visual, Auditory, Reading, and Kinaesthetic Learning Modalities to Improve Law Student’s E-Learning Experience Following Covid-19
Innovative technological advancement, especially in the field of educational information communication technologies (ICT), has influenced the application of traditional teaching and learning methods in higher education. Social distancing and the prohibition of large gatherings, resulting from the Sars-CoV-2 virus, lead to universities having to rethink traditional teaching and learning practices as they turned towards e-teaching. The research explores the most effective teaching methods in the context of e-learning by adopting the Visual (V), Aural (A), Read/Write (R), and Kinaesthetic (K) model (VARK model) best suited for e-teaching and learning practices in the law department at a historically disadvantaged higher education institution.
The research evaluates the pedagogical knowledge drawn from the social constructivist learning theory, in gaining a better understanding of how students absorb, process, and retain knowledge within a virtual teaching environment. The research follows a qualitative research method and comprises a desktop analysis. Thematic analysis was used to identify common themes in identifying benefits and challenges surrounding e-teaching and learning practices, specifically in the legal sphere.
Graduate teaching hinges mostly on the knowledge and skill of academics to have the ability to design and create curricula that are responsive to the needs of the student and society. Applying the VARK model and adopting ICT tools made available by learning management systems allows students to select the modality most suited for their learning style which ultimately enhances their learning experience.
It is evident that by identifying the best-suited modality or multimodal activities, the use of e-learning has the potential to change the law student’s learning experience as well as pave the way for higher education institutions to adopt new and innovative teaching methods required for the 21st century.