In the recent past, many online learning platforms have been founded and seem to be making a good in their business. Career focused pupils have started enrolling themselves in a specific course related to their career. So what are the reasons for this increasing trend and why you too should be inclined towards Online Learning. Here are some 5 reasons to opt for Online E-Learning Platforms.
Reason 1: Distance Learning
Students seeking good education tend to go away from their homes and settle in a different city/region for the extend of their education. E-Learning nullifies that to a very large extent. A student can access learning with the basic help of internet and a smart device. Online learning has made it easy for a person living in a small town in Far East to get education from a good university in Stamford which is due west.
Reason 2: Learning at self pace
Every individual has his/her own grasping power upon the subject he is being taught. It makes no sense expecting all students to take same amount of time to achieve the same objectives. When a faculty delivers a lecture to the students in a class, some students grasp instantly, some require a second time explanation and some may require more than that. A faculty tends to go on with the lecture to stay on with his schedule of covering the syllabus which has to be completed.
That’s where online education can come to the rescue of the slow grasping students. E-Learning allows the students to learn at their own pace. There are a lot of recorded videos available for the students so that they can go through them whenever they require. A student can focus on a particular topic he needs to understand better and learn only about that topic.
“College is a place where a professor’s lecture notes go straight to the student’s lecture notes, without passing through the brains of either” – Mark Twain.
Reason 3: Content of the courses
The fixed syllabus that are taught at the institutes/universities are updated once in 4-5 years. Technology now-a-days is improving at a very fast pace and the universities fail to update their curriculum. Whereas, the online learning platforms have tie ups with the industries and know exactly the need for the companies. They design the courses as per the company requirements, which gives them the edge over traditional means of education. Also, traditional classroom education adhere to the syllabus that has to be covered. The faculty seldom go out of scope and teach the students.
Reason 4: Interaction
The challenge before Online Learning was to know whether or not the student is engaged with the topic or has been zoned out and resting. Interactive and more engaging study makes the student to stay on the topic and not wander off. Online Learning with the help of AI is now able to keep the students engaged by putting in questions related to the topic in between the learning sessions. The lesson does not move forward unless the question is answered. This also eliminates the problem of students trying to gain a shortcut between their lessons.
The main challenge in online learning is the 1 to 1 interaction of the student with the teacher. Online Learning has yet not been able to provide instant interaction with its users, there are mostly AI bots that interact with the students. But as an alternative to the interactions, a question and answer space is set up in the platform. This Q&A space is accessible to all the students taking that course and the faculty concerned. As the learning is accessed worldwide, a student can expect a response on his query within 30 minutes of this posting.
Reason 5: Pocket Friendly
The cost of education in a university has grown incredibly in the last 4-5 years. An Engineering Degree Course in India costs 12 lakhs in the span of 4 years excluding the expenses that the student has to bear daily to be at that place at the scheduled time. Most students even skip these classes as they find the faculty or the lectures uninteresting.
Online Learning targets only a specific course to be taken and hence costs less. It also provides a content that is up to date, interesting and engaging with the pupil. A student can access the learning with the help of an internet connection on a smart phone which has become cheaper and easily accessible now. The student doesn’t have to be on a particular place at a specific time. Saving time, money and energy gives them an extra motivation to study.