13 May 2019

CATCHING UP WITH E-LEARNING TECHNOLOGICAL REVOLUTION

It can only be a positive development for global education to harness the power of technology, share information, and provide solutions to the barriers currently limiting the readership of academic texts. Teaching and lecturing have been said to be two of the few professions that have not evolved since the beginning. In most schools, colleges or universities we could take a teacher or lecturer from a classroom of the 18th century and beam him or her into a classroom of the 21st century and he would be able to teach. Online learning has this revolution’s potential that include e-learning, web conferencing, online lectures, mixed learning, mobile learning, gamification, social learning, and the production of crowd-sourced knowledge, to name but a few.

Today’s e-learning solutions are now coming up with better and new tools and apps that are highly suitable for the social child, encouraging collaboration among students, as well as helping them to gain a better and broader perspective on their study. Courses are structured differently now and we see stronger and more beneficial social connections both in and outside the virtual classroom. This is, of course, the kind of collaborative atmosphere needed and far more important than anything else at the moment. It works as a realistic approach that is essential to prepare students for problems in the real world and eventual working life.

Learning is mobile, making it easier for students to access learning materials from anywhere on the go at any time. For an entire learning philosophy, the thinking behind making academic texts available online, otherwise known as Open Access, is crucial. There are several reasons why online education is popular:

1. Internet explosion–nearly 40 percent of the world’s population has internet access. With this expansion of internet access, more and more people are connecting to convenient and cost-effective MOOCs.
2. Advanced technologies–Innovations such as cloud, social media and web analytics provide the necessary infrastructure for successful MOOCs.
3. Benefits for corporations and educational institutes–The cost of running a course is drastically lower with internet-based training than traditional instructor-led training.
4. Eco-friendliness –Recent studies by the Open University of Britain have shown that e-learning consumes 90% less energy than traditional courses. The volume per student of CO2 emissions is reduced by up to 85 %.
5. Productivity–I think online teachers’ performance is often better.

Developing economies can ensure that they use technology to enhance education, and the first step in these economies would be to fix and upgrade trainers and teachers’ infrastructure and facilities. Technology used to enhance teacher awareness can then propel the number of children receiving good education, some of which can be achieved through online courses. The second would be to combine traditional classroom education in order to increase the outcome with these online methods. In order to catch up with more privileged children, children who do not have access to the internet and online education need to be catered for.

E-learning benefits are easily explained:

• Students can read up on the online information,

• Students can practice whenever they want,

• It is cost-effective and saves time for teachers and students alike.

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