Guest Post By Bella Roy, Valenture Institute
With the fast advancement in innovation and progression in learning frameworks, E-learning is being adapted by the majority .In 2015 the global eLearning market was worth an impressive $107 billion. However, Research and Markets believe that as the eLearning sector is booming it will reach a staggering total market value of $325 billion by 2025.It makes use of electronic resources and it was acknowledged wholeheartedly by the people because of its various beneficial aspects. It’s not just restricted to things like online classes, or self studied documents. It can be anything as long as it’s being taught through electronics.
Typically, E-learning is conducted on the internet, where students can access their learning materials online at any place and time. For educational purpose e-learning takes place in the form of online courses, online degrees or online programs. There have been various online websites, youtube channels and virtual schools playing vital role in the digital learning process. Even top ranked universities are providing their courses online either hosted by some third party e-learning platform or by their own on campus virtual learning section. This can enable students from around the globe to earn certifications and most importantly to learn and acquire knowledge from highly prestigious ,top ranked institutes.
Let’s discuss few main roles of e-learning enlightening how it has revolutionized the conventional learning process of past,
Wide variety of available options for learners:
This is one of the best thing that e-learning offers. Every person may look for different type of content in terms of language , teaching style, in few cases some software requirement, cost and many more. E-learning provides huge diversity in all these aspects that attracts a lot of learners resulting in huge growth of this learning process .
E-learning saves time :
With online learning, your learners can access content anywhere and anytime. They don’t need to take time out from their jobs to attend classes. Since there is no role of maintaining discipline or other such issues that can happen for actual physical classes, all the time is well consumed for sharing of knowledge only.
The research has demonstrated that self-paced learning leads to increased student satisfaction and reduced stress, resulting in improved learning outcomes for everyone involved. Some of the advantages of self-paced learning include efficiency, effectiveness, convenience, scalability, and reusability.
Cost Effective Learning :
According to research carried out by Hall and Rosenberg (2001), e-learning reduces learning time by at least 25% to 60% in comparison to traditional classroom learning.
When organizing a classroom-based course, there are many fees included in the price. For the provider there are trainer fees, location fees and documentation fees. For the attendee, there are travel fees and other costs that need to be taken into consideration.
If we look at a model such as e-learning, all of these fees can be cut out of the mix allowing the learner to focus on what is most important, actually learning the information provided.
Easy accessibility to the Content:
‘You have missed a lecture’, this thing is long gone. In e-learning system you are not bound to absorb everything you year in one shot. A learner can hear and visualize the content as many times as he/she wishes to. Be it for revision or for in-depth study this thing is really beneficial for students.
Online skilled based workshops :
There are a lot of workshops conducted globally through the internet that tries to accommodate a maximum number of attendees since no physical space is required. Online training can be delivered and deployed quickly, enabling participants to acquire new skills and information almost immediately. They won’t have to rely on printed materials and bringing other stuff with them. Users simply upload the eLearning modules and can get the information right away.
The training sessions are getting refined with time ,making it more engaging, fun, high-energy, and most importantly, helps them learn important professional skills.
More efficient Collaboration:
For researchers it’s really easy to collaborate with fellow researchers by sharing their work or part of work and look for the contributions. Recently a lot of research based software have made the separate option for collaboration e.g one of the most important repository GitHub offers this options. Meanwhile for students it’s much easier to group-study ,initiate discussions and file sharing.
Discussion Forums for better understanding:
On a discussion forum, people answer the questions being asked. Someone might ask a question and the other person responds to that question by adding and sharing their own ideas. This can continue for half a dozen—or for a hundred—answers, this increases the clarity of the answer.
The goal of discussion forums is to discuss issues with regards to a certain aspect of a topic. People get a lot of help from fellow community on that online site getting faster and easier solutions to any query.
E-books for faster research and study:
Apart from the fact that students no longer have to carry physical textbooks around, digital textbooks provide other advantages. Digital books allow for fast text searching with links or a quick word search. Having a library of digital books on a mobile device is more practical than carrying physical books around.
By enhancing the communication and technical skills of online students, online learning contributes to the betterment of our society. Digital learning helps create smarter civilizations that master technological change and keep up with the development of the disciplines of their choice.