The phenomenon of online learning has grown considerably over the years, and it is commonly dubbed as “the future of education”. It was not too long ago when the students heavily relied on enrolling in a school and visiting the learning center during inflexible hours — which prevented them from taking part in everyday activities.
The scope of online learning or, e-learning has evolved over time, and it is estimated to reach and surpass its peak in the upcoming years. The e-learning market is valued at $166.5 billion, and it is most likely to grow up to $300 billion in the years to come. A majority of employed students resort to online learning to get their education as well as develop their careers. Also, a number of top-notch industry professionals choose to turn to an online course to upgrade their qualifications and skills set in the long run.
What makes online learning the future of education?
E-learning is definitely the future of education at multi-tier levels; however, its significance is most prominent in the field of higher education. The concept of distance learning has been cultivated for some time now, and it has enabled students and professionals to enroll in interactive e-learning lessons on the internet. Traditional classroom learning is not for everyone — especially for learners who have to work from 9 to 5 or students who wish to study in a foreign institute, away from their home country.
What makes online learning the future of education is that it will become a resourceful way to help students learn remotely. If a student has no other choice but to participate in distance learning then it often requires them to seek out a personalized approach in order to pursue further education. It enables them to reach out to a broader network of professional teachers and peers, as well as giving them a chance to save time commuting.
In addition to cultivating an excellent opportunity for students, online learning platforms also make an excellent source of employment for teachers across the globe. It invites teachers from all over the world to work on a common platform for a common cause, and it helps them with supplementing their income. It also allows them to work flexible hours. For instance, if a teacher is trying to earn extra money then they could have a regular job during the day, and they can do e-lessons in the evening.
E-learning is an exclusive way to alleviate geographical boundaries that keep a student from pursuing his/her further education. Students have no restriction concerning a timetable, and they can access the lessons according to suitable hours. A student can indulge in mobile learning via online lectures, video lectures, online quizzes and it would be graded by a professional teacher.
The population of non-traditional teaching and learning modules has been proliferated via distance learning. Also, the majority of workplaces demand its employees to build their qualifications and skills set through the course of their career to become eligible for a promotion. If an individual considers participating in an online class then, he/she could prosper their advancement chances in their line of work.
In addition to everything else, distance learning makes an excellent learning tool for remotely positioned students as well as the students who cannot attend a school due to some physical disabilities.
The reign of online learning is taking over traditional learning, and a number of traditional schools and institutes have also integrated a number of e-learning tools into their learning modules to provide course materials to its students.
Benefits of e-learning or online learning:
The number of benefits garnered by online learning or e-learning is more likely to outnumber the benefits of attending a traditional classroom. Let’s have a look at a few of the benefits of taking e-learning lessons:
- Flexible timing
With online lessons, a student can enroll a class according to the timings that suit him/her the best. Also, a student has access to taking multiple lessons at a time. For instance, if you are struggling with understanding a question or a problem, you can rewind and review your online lectures at any time. You wouldn’t get the same luxury with traditional classroom teaching, where the teacher only repeats it once or twice.
- Freedom to travel
You do not necessarily have to sit at your computer to access your e-learning classes—you can access the lessons from your smartphone so you could learn on the go. If you are traveling to another part of the world, you can stay connected and learn by accessing e-learning lessons from your smartphone. You can take notes, watch to videos and continue your learning as you go.
- Reasonable fees
The fees of public and private schools have escalated considerably over the years—it shouldn’t be a problem if the costs are covered by the government. However, if you are required to pay for the fees from your personal savings then, it may not be affordable for everyone.
Education should be absolutely affordable and accessible—which is why online classes provide lessons at an affordable rate. A student has the liberty to select a course that offers the lowest fees possible. Also, a student can take as many or as few courses to cater to his/her learning needs.
- It is open to everyone
There is no prerequisite to taking online classes—you are simply required to register, pay, and get started with the learning process. You are not expected to meet a particular age criterion to get learning, as online learning is open for everyone.
Whether you are a student or a professional, you can enroll in an online class to cater to your learning needs. You can enroll in a course or program that claims to provide exactly what you are looking for. You can skip the basics, and immediately delve into what you need to learn in order to upgrade your skills and knowledge base.
- It facilitates distance learning
If you are unable to join your face-to-face classes due to health problems or any other challenge—you can consider joining a platform that offers an online course to its students. You can learn at the comfort of your home but, most importantly, it allows you to learn without compromising your education. You can log in to your platform, download the course material, and learn the content of the course material to satiate your desire to acquire new knowledge and to grow on so many levels.
- Top experts easily available
My absolute favorite reason – you can choose who to learn from without any limitations. Whatever you want to learn about, there are always experts somewhere who have all the necessary knowledge and skills to teach you. Online means you can learn from the best – no compromises. On the other hand, we need to be careful with such an overwhelming choice of teachers. We need to ask ourselves all the right questions so we don’t end up learning from someone who cannot give us what we want and need. So, before you go and invest in online learning, ask yourself this question “Can this person get me where I want to be?”
To conclude, online learning is here to stay. It is not a question of “if” anymore, but actually, it is more “how soon” all of us will have a course or two enrolled whether for professional reasons or for pleasure.
So, we may as well join the game while it’s still early.
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