Technology moves towards innovation at a rapid pace, especially now that we are in the digital age. Every single day, one can expect the development of a fresh idea designed to make our lives easier. As we go forward into the permeating technology innovations, it’s inevitable that traditional education will soon utilize it for the betterment of the students’ learning.
While traditional education continues to pave its way towards academic developments, the cultural shift has enabled technology to provide another means for learning. Although there had been prior skepticism regarding online learning’s attempt at reproduction of the traditional, a recent study made by the Babson Survey Research Group revealed that 74% of academic leaders from the United States of America believe that online courses could provide the same or even better learning outcomes.
In the international educational community, especially in the west, various institutions have adopted online learning as a viable option for students who wanted additional knowledge on a wide variety of courses.
But what can online education boast over the traditional means of learning?
Online education has its doors open for any person willing to be taught and trained more on a preferred course. This education reinvention may be considered geared towards employees whose schedule changes briskly, according to his or her job’s demands. Through online courses, they can acquire their desired diploma if they persevere enough to put their studies as a major priority during their free time. The students of online courses are masters of their own time: as long as they continuously go back to their chosen online education platform, a degree is already at their reach.
Whilst enrolled in an online course, one can obtain access to learning resources and their progress assessment. Every single lesson in a required subject is laid out for the student to come back to whenever he or she is free to peruse through them. This gives the student the advantage of being in the right mood to study and to take in as much information as he or she can.
Although students are unable to be physically present for their classes, online learning facilitates the use of forums or message boards to establish a discussion or communication between the instructor and the learner. Some people remain doubtful of the effectiveness of learning via the use of internet because of the lack of face-to-face interaction that traditional education has always been promoting. But the establishment of the aforementioned message boards and forums often used by online users brought together by similar interests would encourage the students to create connections through sharing information. This would also be a way to prevent constant repetition of usual queries about a lesson among the students as they could browse the message boards for the answers imparted previously by other students and instructors.
In online education, the only vital instrument a student is required to possess is a decent internet connection and any device that can gain access to the internet. This day and age considers gadgets such as laptops, desktop computers and smartphones as necessities for everyday communication so it’s highly likely for everyone to opt for online classes if their time does not allow the traditional way of learning.
In the constantly evolving world, keeping up with the fast-paced digital age is a must. We must incessantly aim for progress in every aspect, including education, so as to compete with the rest of the world. Education as an important tool to success may now prove to be accessible through the use of the widespread internet. With this, anyone can learn, anytime and anywhere.