Essential And A Lot More Than Alternative – The New Outlook Of Online Learning

Online learning was usually identified with an ‘alternative’ tag until the need of active learning became the compendium of the advanced learner’s creed in upgrading their career for brighter future. And due to this from less than the half of this decade the popularity of digital learning has skyrocketed so much so that now majority of the learners are enrolling to take at least one online course as part of their degree programme.

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What are the reasons behind the growing popularity of online learning?

Education analysts play up several contributing influences that might be the key to the reason behind the ever-rising trendiness of learning online. Let’s explore the facts and stats to the fullest extent.

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This is what Jhansi Mary, the lead analyst at Technavio for education technology research, has to say on the reason behind the growing popularity of learning online.

“The availability of basic infrastructure and technical support to staff and students,” she says, “is critical to the successful implementation of online learning and teaching in institutions. The majority of institutes in Europe use online repositories, digital courseware, learning management tools to develop content, manage course material, and upload them on the student portals. Provision and usage of email accounts, Wi-Fi access, availability of computer labs and online libraries are very common.”

The traditional learning institutes are focusing on mingling with eLearning to regain its authenticity and relevance catering active learning. In doing so they are empowering students with rendering moulded study system and providing advanced learning tools and facilities like distributing campus licenses for software, quality resources for course programme and online course prospectus.

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Implementation of online learning and its popularity largely depends on the use of proper technology that is required for a digital approach to learning. Recent survey shows, a good amount of traditional institutes are implementing a part of their course programmes online. And the next year will also experience a sudden 70 percent upsurge.

The uprising of MOOCS

Most of the traditional learning institutes are ready to cope with online learning because of MOOCS – massive open online courses. MOOCS are catering free degree courses. Other online learning institutes are offering low-cost digital degrees and what is more those degrees are accredited and valued by the employers all over the world. In this scenario, traditional learning institutes are ready to interlace with digital learning to keep traditional learning from being passé.

Government initiatives

Authorities all over the world are venturing on dynamism to back up and multiply the acceptance of online learning in traditional institutes. As an example, to increase the collective human and economic development the government of Slovenia initiated Opening Up Slovenia in 2013 – an open and online education that help catering active learning.

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Blended or Hybrid learning environment

Blended – as the term denotes – is a further upgradation of online learning which encompasses everything that is in traditional and online learning. A learner can acclimatised easily in their known physical classroom and still can experience the innovative approach of online learning. According to several surveys hybrid or blended learning is by far the most popular mode of learning among the students.

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Although there are many educationalists who still believe that tradition learning is the best choice as it builds a healthy student-teacher-learning bond. That being said physical classrooms are unable to pay heed to the ‘shy students’ or non-participants who need to be the centre of attraction in a classroom. On the other hand, online learning is giving them the space to be ‘voiced’ by raising their hand virtually and participating intuitively. This is where online learning outperformed traditional mode of learning.

What ‘s your take on online learning? Do you think this new approach of learning is going to shed its ‘alternative’ tag and be the most essential mode of learning? Do share with us.

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