Even prior to the notorious coronavirus pandemic, Research and Markets forecasted that the online education market to grow up to $350 Billion by 2025. However, since the outbreak of the virus when lockdowns were put in place around the world, people have been prompted to revise their online presence and further digitalize a lot of processes.
One of the processes that have been affected the most is learning. Educational establishments around the globe have been forced to quickly take their studies online and develop alternative methods to deliver high-quality education to all the students enrolled.
However, the concept of online learning is not intrinsic to the pandemic world exclusively. Over the past decade, more and more eLearning resources have been gaining in popularity with more and more people joining the most popular eLearning platforms. The rate at which this industry growth can be a clear indicator of a global revolution in the making! But can eLearning really be that groundbreaking? Let’s have a closer look at this question
1. It Is Accessible and Easy to Use for All
A couple of decades ago, access to the Internet used to be a luxury not a lot of people could afford. Today, however, it is more of a norm rather than anything else. We can hardly imagine our lives without being connected to the web at all times.
Indeed, more than half of the world’s population, 62% to be specific, has access to the Internet. As of July 2020, almost 4.57 billion people were active internet users, encompassing 59 per cent of the global population. Most internet traffic comes from the countries of Asia, Europe and Africa. However, the number of internet users increases around the world, making the world even more connected. This implies that the majority of people (especially younger people) can access the digital plane.
At the same time, this, unfortunately, is not the case with learning. While there are more children and adolescents today enrolled in pre-primary, primary and secondary education than ever before, not for all of them schooling equates to learning. There are a lot of reasons why students around the world might not be getting the education they deserve. The key ones are as follows:
- Students live in a remote rural area located far from any educational establishment
- Low-quality educational establishments in the neighborhood
- Lack of teachers to accommodate all the students, etc.
With eLearning, however, the situation is different! If you are studying online, you do not have to settle down for the courses you can physically attend (unfortunately, not all of us are lucky enough to live in the areas with the best schools and universities around). Instead, you can access any course you wish. There is a wide range of courses from the best educational establishments around the world. Regardless of what you are interested in, you can find a suitable option that would satisfy your needs.
On top of that, if you are involved in the e-learning process, you can access your classes from the comfort of your home (or basically anywhere else in the world) without having to commute. It can save you a lot of time and money that you could invest in something more productive.
2. It Is Flexible and Open to Customization
Another benefit of eLearning that makes it significantly more favorable than traditional education is the fact that you are not obliged to be in a specific place to study. Traditional learning is very strict and does not provide much room for customization, you have to follow a rigid schedule, which does not always feel motivational.
eLearning helps to make sure you are always attending your classes at the time that is most suitable to you personally. Traditional learning implies set times available for attending classes, while eLearning is customizable and, therefore, is significantly more flexible.
You can adjust the pace of the process in such a way it would accommodate your current situation. Not only will that help you immensely with setting your work-life-study balance straight, but also help you improve your time management skills.
eLearning is different from traditional learning in a way that it helps you to be more responsible and manage your life yourself as opposed to relying on the system to make all the decisions yourself. As a result, we get a generation of professionals that have a solid set of soft skills on top of hard skills they obtain from learning online.
Besides, as a student studying online, you can opt for the learning format that you find the most efficient. The world of digital provides a wide range of opportunities and helps to adapt the materials to fit the needs of particular groups of individuals based on their style of learning. Regardless of whether you are more of a visual or an audial learner, eLearning has a solution for both!
3.It Is More Cost-Effective Compared to Traditional Learning
Online learning allows for a more cost-effective education. Being physically in class immediately implies additional costs such as the cost of the room, heating and other commodities associated with the physical presence of students at the educational establishment are included in tuition fees. At the same time, the overall cost of education online is significantly lower because all of the aforementioned attributes are extracted.
On top of that, online education often allows you to pay in several instalments which means better budget management. And last but definitely not at least, you can also benefit from not having to pay extra for class materials that are often available for free when studying online.
4. It Can Boost Collaborative Efforts of Individuals in Education
Too often, collaborative projects are nearly impossible (or at least very painful) to execute because you need to gather everyone at one place and get them to discuss the project. On a number of occasions, collaboration participants end up not having a constructive discussion as not everyone is comfortable communicating in large groups. Either they are too shy, or just cannot get a chance to put a word in, these problems can be easily solved with online learning.
Almost all eLearning software offers at least one communication feature to its users either in a form of a live chat or a voice chat. That way, everything can be ‘on paper’ and accessible to everyone on the team.
5. It Enhances Productivity of Both Students and Teachers Involved In the Learning Process
eLearning implies a closer bond between the students and their professors/teachers. If you are studying online, you get an allocated time to reach out to your tutor and discuss any issues you could be facing at the moment.
Considering the fact you can decide on the learning environment yourself when learning digitally, you can easily choose the setting that works best for you.
Overall, due to both the pandemic and the ever-changing realities of the modern world, eLearning is becoming more and more aligned with the values of modern people. The current situation has made it a necessity to requalify most education establishment into eLearning providers, and it looks like this approach will continue even post the outbreak.
About the Author: Karl Murphy is a professional journalist from Des Moines, Iowa. After obtaining his Master's degree, he's launched his career and over its course, Karl was contributing to the popular publications for men. He's passionate about eSports, so now he develops his blog csgo-bettingsites.com.