Online learning | facts | benefits
Raymond Kurzweil, an American author, inventor and a ’ futurist ’ once states that by the 20th century, paper books and documents will be rarely used.
It is safe to say that the amount his many predictions ’ extinction of books’ didn’t hold stock but a more modified way of learning came into existence.
Online learning first emerged in the USA when the University of Illinois created a program for its students to connect over the internet and complete their course. Subsequently, the idea was taken up by Apple II in the form of an educational game called the Lemonade stand. The notion became popular as fast as the advent of social media in our lives that by 2009 around 187% of students were indulged in online learning and 5.5 million were taking these courses around the world.
The most benignant quality of online learning is convenience. One can stay at home or any place of their choice and learn via the internet.
The diversity in courses available online is commendable. There are chances that a course may or may not be taught in a classroom but it is highly unlikely that it would not be available online.
It works in reverse psychology as there is no pressure of meeting deadlines or attending lectures on time, it instills a sense of responsibility to complete the course on time.
Believe it or not but online lessons include more frequent assessments and evaluate the progress made as compared to the conventional mode of learning.
Online courses are inexpensive. It reduces our costs at almost every level. One doesn’t have to worry about the cost things like vehicles or books.
Another factor is that any student can learn at their own pace. Whereas in a classroom only some can study at a fast pace while others are left playing catch up.
It’s a well-known fact that pictures and videos provide additional retention to our brain rather than text. Hence, learning online also serves our memory.
A Babson / college board conducted a study on online learning and concluded that 77% of the academic leaders believed online learning to be equal or even superior to that of a physical classroom.
As we move towards the 22nd century, more and more stress is laid on the use of the internet.
Remember the times when as soon as we reached someplace other than our homes, the first thing we would ask for was not water but with a smidge of embarrassment, their wifi passwords? That according to us was the time we thought we couldn’t survive without the internet. And now when it is more accessible than ever, our lives practically seem impossible without it, hence depends on it.
There is a downside to ‘ that ‘ much use of the internet. It reduces interaction to the level that a person only is confined to his room, home, and world. There is the least interaction which also leaves no room for healthy competition. It provides no new challenges or opinions of others. But still it’s complete eradication seems outlandish.
Evolution is funny that way. From the times when education was imparted below trees, in open areas to classrooms and then finally our homes, we’ve come a long way.
Can we really let the technological developments modify our lives more than it already has?