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E-learning: Transforming Education

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How often have you experienced boredom when you had to read or study from a set of notes or a textbook? To be very honest, I have, a million times and I'm sure many others have experienced the same too. You have to admit it, with nothing but plain text and a few colourful illustrations you start to lose interest quickly because it is just a one way session and there is no interaction at the other end. Wouldn't the same content be more interesting and intuitive to grasp if it were integrated with audio, images, animation or even streaming video. So, the next time you view the same content on a tablet or a desktop, it appears more lively and keeps you engaged. This is where the concept and benefit of E-learning kicks in.

E-learning creates a rich learning experience that is repeatable by incorporating multimedia and instructional design that keeps you actively involved. This could be remarkably interesting for kids and a great education tool for parents if you want to boost your child’s interest in Academia. You never know, maybe the next step towards inspiring the future generation is the automation of education. Since majority of current trends in technology are automated we should also adapt to the flexibility of learning using electronic media and information technology. The collaboration of information technology with learning has generated several learning platforms such as Internet-based training, computer-based instructions, computer-based training, computer aided instructions and many more.

The best part about E-learning is its ability to convert a living room into a class room. It is the most viable option for people who tend to lose concentration easily. They can always repeat what they hear or see at the press of a button. E-learning has outstanding benefits for students as well as corporate companies who thrive on regular training for their employees. E-learning provides students and employees with an opportunity for self-paced learning. Here’s 12 reasons to why businesses, Schools & Universities should implement 

  • v     Unlike a practical classroom, learners don’t fall behind the smarter ones and neither would the sluggish ones deter your learning pace. Instead they could take their own time to grasp individual concepts.

  • v     It saves travel time to and from a classroom or training event.

  • v     E-learning can prove to be very beneficial since it can focus on topics learners specifically require. The rest of the topics can be skipped if the learner has previous knowledge of or if deemed unnecessary.

  • v    One of the prime advantages of E-learning is its faster delivery time than the routine classroom based teaching. British Telecom had successfully delivered E-business training to 23,000 employees in 3 months, at a cost of about £6 million, compared to £17 million and a 5 year span for customary classroom training. This agenda of E-learning could be advantageous for schools and universities that face stringent deadlines to complete the curriculum.

  • v  Another key advantage of this learning platform is its cost cutting measure. Imagine cutting down training costs and improving consistency and scalability at the same time. Imagine how much money has to be invested in different trainers, course materials, travel and accommodation etc. Millions of dollars can be saved if companies, universities and schools implement this as a primary source of learning. Dow Chemical had experienced annual savings of $34 million when they reduced their average spending from $95 per learner to just $11 per learner by employing electronic delivery (Shepherd, 2002).  

  • v    It is environment friendly since it saves trees by saving paper. Majority of e-learning courses are self-contained, presenting content online through various communication tools like email, PDF manuals, synchronous classrooms and various other web tools.

  • v   E-learning provides unrestricted real time access to individuals who want to learn at their convenient time. This gives great amount of freedom and relief to the learner and it means they don’t have to stick to a calendar routine now. The liberty of accessing learning materials anywhere, anytime is just profound when compared to bulky books accessible only within operating hours at schools, universities or libraries.

  • v    Let’s face it, real learning requires some failure.  But it is a terrifying experience to fail in a classroom full of other people.  E-learning lets you fail without fear. This encourages exploration and testing of ideas.  With the right feedback you create an amazing learning environment. Worst case, you can always start over.  Something you can’t always do in class.

  • v  Students and employees can have a great interaction with lecturers, senior staff members or even colleagues. E-learning makes this possible through remote chat rooms where group discussions can create a positive impact on professional and personal development. So be it a student assignment, a group project or lecturer consultations, E-learning always provides an opportunity to enhance your knowledge by imitating virtual classrooms or meeting rooms.

  • v    E-learning can have a lasting impact on the young generation since it helps develop knowledge of the Internet and augments one’s computer skills. Moreover it has the ability to accommodate different learning styles so children can adapt to various forms of learning and hence enrich their grasping power.

  • v  The contents of this learning platform are easy to update because any fresh material can simply be uploaded to a server which can be managed easily. CD-ROM-based programs may be slightly more expensive to update and distribute, but are still cheaper when compared to the cost of reprinting manuals and retraining instructors.

  • v    E-learning software makes it easy to manage large number of students and employees. Universities and lecturers can keep track of a student’s progression, results and even provide valuable personal feedback to them. Similarly, the software facilitates corporate training directors, HR managers and others to keep track of the course offerings, schedule or assign training for employees and simplify performance evaluation.