What is Online Learning?
Online learning is an education that takes place over the Internet. It is often referred to as “e-learning” among other terms that takes place across distance and not in a traditional classroom.
One of the most often used term after the pandemic is the term “new normal.” The new normal in education is the increased use of online learning tools. In Fiji and all around the world, educational institutions are looking toward online learning platforms to continue with the process of educating students.
Online learning is now applicable not just to learn academics but it also extends to learning extracurricular activities for students as well. In recent weeks in Fiji, the demand for online learning has risen significantly, and it will continue doing so in the future.
What are the Advantages of Online Learning?
Online learning offers teachers an efficient way to deliver lessons to students. Online learning has a number of tools such as videos, PDFs, podcasts, and teachers can use all these tools as part of their lesson plans. By extending the lesson plan beyond traditional textbooks to include online resources, teachers are able to become more efficient educators.
2. Accessibility of time and place
Online learning allows students to attend classes from any location of their choice. It also allows schools to reach out to a more extensive network of students, instead of being restricted by geographical boundaries. Additionally, online lectures can be recorded, archived, and shared for future reference. This allows students to access the learning material at a time of their comfort. Thus, online learning offers students the accessibility of time and place in education.
Another advantage of online learning is reduced financial costs. Online education is far more affordable as compared to physical learning. This is because online learning eliminates the costs of transportation and meals for students. Additionally, all the course or study materials are available online, thus creating a paperless learning environment which is more affordable, while also being beneficial to the environment.
4. Improved student attendance
Since online classes can be taken from home or location of choice, there are fewer chances of students missing out on lessons.
5. Suits a variety of learning styles
Every student has a different learning journey and a different learning style. Some students are visual learners, while some students prefer to learn through audio. Similarly, some students thrive in the classroom, and other students are solo learners who get distracted by large groups.
The online learning system, with its range of options and resources, can be personalised in many ways. It is the best way to create a perfect learning environment suited to the needs of each student.
“Online learning is rapidly becoming one of the most cost-effective ways to educate the world’s rapidly expanding workforce.” – Jack Messman