The first time when the concept of e-learning (virtual classroom) was introduced in contrast to the brick- and – mortar classroom settings, many people were skeptical and suspicious about its capabilities of delivering quality education to learners across all age groups.
As a result, in no time the e-learning model worked wonders for all the types of learners in the virtual world. It gave them the freedom to study from anywhere, anytime and access resources without any restrictions.
However, for many people out there, it is still something “alien” that they view with excitement and curiosity mixed with trepidation.
As it is obvious with any nascent tool or trend, e-learning too is shrouded in myths. The sooner these e-learning myths are busted, the easier it would be for people to accept and make use of these beneficial courses that provide value in their career advancement.
Let’s jump to the myths first before we go swimming through the facts. Here they are-
There are certainly many online e-learning courses which are ineffective just as there are poor classroom experiences. The reasons for this bummer could be the use of unfriendly user-interface, improper usage of colors, misleading or incomprehensive information, or poor guidance.
However, as time went by online learning kept proving itself as an effective and cost-efficient way of learning in comparison to the traditional methods. When e-learning and analytics tools are used in amalgamation, it helps instructors pinpoint problem areas in their courses. Therefore, you always have a scope of refining online courses at a rapid rate and become the befitting alternative to classroom courses.
Internet is apprehended as the fast-paced place but the reality is that it moves only as fast as your pointer finger and wrist click and switch the next button. On the other hand, traditional classroom coordinator or teacher is required to set up the speed to finish the curriculum on-time.
E-learners have an extra edge as the e-learning course facilitates them to learn the topics according to their choice and decide the time required to spend on each topic. The risk of missing out topics is eliminated, unlike in-class lessons where if you are absent, you have to ask your friends and peers for notes and assistance.
E-learning removes the spoon-feeding habits of learners and makes them responsible; thus improving their output extensively.
A learner is a learner! There is no Gen X, Gen Z, Baby Boomers, and Millenials when it comes to learning.
The shift in the technology and digital space has made it possible to create and deliver effective e-learning courses without cultural, language and geographical encumbrance. The flexibility it offers to learn 24* 7 without any restrictions on the availability of resources makes it favorable for professionals, teachers, businessmen, and students.
Especially for baby boomers who are put into bad light due to bumbling and fumbling as they try to wrap their wits around smartphones and laptops.
E-learning can help all the generations in doing their jobs hassle-free and relish digital learning experience in the comfort of their homes.
So, there is no reason to keep any generation away from e-learning benefits.
Like there are an array of educational degree programs, online programs also differ from college to college. They differ in the technology they use to deliver the courses, the length of the course, course requirements and class sizes; all varies from one online course to the other.
Online learners need to select a course, degree program or those institutes who have prior experience and recognition by external agencies such as the Online Learning Consortium or the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), European Association for Distance Learning (EADL).
Well, this is the biggest misconception that people contemplate about e-learning. But the bottom line is that e-learning courses are the most economical and cost-effective solutions present around in today’s modern era.
You can save a lot indeed! It does not matter whether you are a student, professional or running your own company. Say what? Yup, you want to re-read that line. Go ahead. We don’t judge.
E-learning allows you to stay back at your home, avoid traffic jams, and stop worrying about your security. It just wants you to learn- learn in the comfort of your place.
What you would need- A laptop, computer or even a tablet would do, and high-speed internet connection. Simple!
So, it does save time, money and of course space too!
Do you still have some prejudice regarding e-learning? Well, we hope that we were able to debunk these common myths of online education. While online learning is still blooming, it shows the great potential of transforming the learning scenario. Therefore, the right set of technology tools that bridge the gap between traditional and modern learning methods are inevitably necessary to enable digital innovation and revitalize the whole education system.