The ongoing global pandemic has revealed a myriad of challenges towards humanity. Curbing the issue of discontinuation of learning being just a tip of the iceberg. Digital applications like skype and zoom have come in handy and usability issues have been highlighted by pupils, students, educationists not to mention employers and employees alike working from home.
OnePlus recently launched their latest brand in the month of April at a low-key ceremony observing social distancing. The final presentation was done via video link, and various employees from different parts of the globe took to the screen doing their respective bit of their work in what was a demonstration of the precedented new norm.
On one end of the spectrum, a 7 year old launched a furious rant about zoom citing the fact that it is not the same feeling as sitting in class. Parents lacking pedagogic skills necessary for home-schooling. Most importantly, most lectures at higher learning institutions last for about 45-50 minutes due to the fact that this is the longest amount of time required for the brain to concentrate deeply before requiring a break.
Many employees, educationists and students alike may engage in discussions that can easily exceed this and as a result, there have been several complaints of excess fatigue from e-learning and working from home as compared to the previous norm. All these are factors we have observed vigorously before coming to the conclusion ‘that the show must go on.’
Our e-learning platform will address the issues that are currently facing us including but not limited to the Governments issuing ban on gatherings, social distance among others. This leaves us with no choice but to result in to making our courses available online.
We believe that this will benefit learners with these restrictions on movements to equally benefit in developing professionally at the comfort of their homes. Virtual learning comes with several benefits which we could not overlook. They include:-
The Most Important Benefits Of eLearning for learners.
Today’s learners want relevant, mobile, self-paced, and personalized content. This need is fulfilled with the online mode of learning; here, students can learn at their own comfort and requirement. Let’s have an analytical look at the advantages of online learning.
1. Online Learning Accommodates Everyone’s Needs
The online method of learning is best suited for everyone. This digital revolution has led to remarkable changes in how the content is accessed, consumed, discussed, and shared. Online educational courses can be taken up by office goers and housewives too, at the time that suits them. Depending on their availability and comfort, many people choose to learn at weekends or evenings.
2. Lectures Can Be Taken Any Number Of Times
Unlike classroom teaching, with online learning you can access the content an unlimited number of times. This is especially required at the time of revision when preparing for an exam. In classroom form of learning, if you cannot attend the lecture, then you have to prepare for that topic on your own; in eLearning, you can attend the lectures whenever you want with ease.
3. Offers Access to Updated Content
Our contents are always updated to fit the modern world and requirements in the market and is accessible whenever you want it.
4. Quick Delivery of Lessons
E-Learning is a way to provide quick delivery of lessons. As compared to traditional classroom teaching method, this mode has relatively quick delivery cycles. This indicates that the time required to learn is reduced to 25%-60% of what is required in traditional learning.
Lessons starts quickly and also wrapped up in a single learning session. This enables training programs to easily roll out within a few weeks, or sometime even days.
Learners can define their own speed of learning instead of following the speed of the whole group.
Saves time as a student does not need to travel to the training venue. You can learn at the comfort of your own place.
Learners can choose to study specific and relevant areas of the learning material without focusing on each and every area. For example, they can skip certain areas they do not want to learn.
E-Learning helps in creating and communicating new training, policies, concepts, and ideas. E-learning is very quick way of learning.
E-learning enables educators to get a higher degree of coverage to communicate the message in a consistent way for the target audience. This ensures that all learners receive the same type of training with this learning mode.
7. Reduced Costs
Our courses are cost effective as compared to traditional forms of learning. The reason for this price reduction is because learning through this mode happens quickly and easily. A lot of training time is reduced with respect to trainers, travel, course materials, and accommodation.
This cost effectiveness also helps in enhancing the profitability of an organization. Also, when you are studying at your own place, you are relieved from paying for travel expenses (e.g. accommodation) when training happens in another city or external learning materials.
E-learning has a positive influence on an organization’s profitability. It makes it easy to grasp the content and digest it:
- It results in improved scores on certifications, tests, or other types of evaluation.
- Higher number of learners who pass
- Enhanced ability to learn and implement the new processes or knowledge at the workplace.
- Help in retaining information for a longer time.
9. Less Impact on Environment
As eLearning is a paperless way of learning, it protects the environment to a lot of extent. As per a study done on e-learning courses, it has been found that virtual-based learning programs consumed around 90% less power and generated 85% less amount of CO2 emissions as compared to traditional class-based educational courses. With e-learning, there is no need to cut trees for obtaining paper. Thus, e-learning is a highly eco-friendly way of learning.
Due to the wide set of benefits it gives to learners. E-learning has become quite popular and appreciated among students all over the world.
By Belphine Adongo- CSE, ICT