As time passes, the growth of knowledge imposed new requirements for a better use of asset and the emergence of Information Technology (IT) provides tools for a new era of learning, namely the E-Learning.
One of the reasons people find e-learning particularly effective for retention is that learners can revisit the courses as much as they want at any time for refresher purposes, students can choose the best time for them to take the online course, according to their timeline and commitments.
E-learning can be just as effective for the following reasons;
- Content is appropriate for online delivery.
- The course is designed well (includes context, challenge, activity, and feedback).
- A solid communication plan is in place.
- Supervisory support is present for e-learning in the work environment.
Today we see that more than 90 percent of students access internet, with 50 percent accessing Web daily, and nearly 60 percent of all school courses using internet resources and E-learning has the power to make learning more accessible for users around the world, in education, it brings learning opportunities to previously disadvantaged groups, in business, it helps unite and train an increasingly global workforce.
Users are able to access content from anywhere and at any time online and can learn any time of day whenever it’s most convenient for them, something classroom and in-office learning can’t compete with. Learners can also start a session on one device (say a smartphone during a commute) and resume it on another (say a tablet at home in the evening), making it easier to fit learning into busy lives. Learning takes place in a variety of different places, both physical and virtual and learners now have increasingly wish to combine the options, choosing when and where they study and learn.
For education providers, preparation and integration of materials and services have now become a challenge, because it fundamentally changes the learning environment. Although, innovative e-learning tools can be overwhelming but it is essential. Browsing the latest tech trends in a variety of industries will help you develop a powerful e-learning strategy. Automation and responsiveness are considered “must-have” e-learning tools, and gamification is also among a number of buzzwords making waves in e-learning.
E-Learning goes beyond the limitations imposed by time and space (such is typical in traditional educational systems) to provide learning opportunities for all members of the general public. E-Learning also can enable one to enjoy high quality academic programs. Moreover, since e-Learning is based on self-regulated learning, universities should evolve to become learner-centered educational entities, further contributing to the continued innovation
As technology continues to push e-learning forward, education, training, and professional development will reach wider audiences and impact more learners. The future of e-learning will come in the form of automation and automated course authoring tools. These innovative tools have led to lower development times and cost. Automation also helps trainers determine how students learn; leading to new strategies to better fit their preferences.
Students who work full time and have tight work schedules, who have young children, or are disabled, or for whatever reason are unable to attend regular classes at a specific time and location, often require and really appreciate a flexible time and location course. But to be successful, such courses require self-motivated and independent learners. Many students were also mothers and who had to look after their families. Thus it was determined that a flexi-time e-Learning course would enable the delivery of the course material at students’ work place, home, cyber café, or at campus, making it easy and convenient for primary level teachers who now must carry out lifelong learning concurrently with their normal workload and personal obligations.
One way to informally share an e-learning course is to put it on a web server, then send participants the link and have them view the course. You don’t really have a systematic way of knowing whether learners have completed the course, but sometimes that’s not necessary. Computers can make aspects of learning more convenient, but they do not eliminate the need for human intervention. The presumption that e-Learning would automate every aspect of learning sounds unnatural and is unnatural
Sharing an e-learning course formally means there’s a need to track and record learner results. Most organizations that have a need for formal distribution of e-learning have specific systems and standards in place for this.
An e-Learning package not only provides a marriage of Internet, digital technology, and learning, it also motivates student/ learner to learning effectively.
Article by Blessing Bassey