Ruby is a teacher by profession. She has been teaching online since Covid started. Besides teaching, she enjoys gardening as another hobby.
Online learning has been in the educational domain for a while. However, as covid19 hit in 2020, online learning which others call eLearning, has skyrocketed making it almost, the only way of schooling in the new normal. For some students and teachers, eLearning presents several challenges making them detest it. On the other hand, below are some down-to-earth reasons which you might want reconsider as you think about online education.
1. Online learning allows students to learn at their own speed.
In this type of education, students are not so much pressured by time per session, because there is no bell that would ring at the end of each class period. There is no teacher who would be waiting at the door for his next class. Hence, students are not forced to submit their papers when they are not done yet with the quizzes because the next teacher will not be waiting at the door like in the physical classroom. Online learning acknowledges the fact that students' needs are peculiar and letting students learn in their own time, in their own way, at their own tempo.
2. Online learning develops independence among students.
In this method of learning, students have more freedom to explore their lessons and expand their imaginations. It helps them stretch their minds and be on their own instead of depending on someone else such as a teacher or a classmate. With this, students have to strive on their own the best they can since while they are studying, no instructor is present to explain in detail the concepts or lessons they are taking. Thus, online learning forces the students to study on their own and become more independent rather than relying on someone. Besides, “Students do not learn much just sitting in classes listening to teachers, memorizing prepackaged assignments, and spitting out answers. They must talk about what they are learning, write reflectively about it, relate it to past experiences, and apply it to their daily lives. They must make what they learn part of themselves,” assert Arthur Chickering and Stephen Ehrmann of the American Association for Higher Education.
3. Learning materials are available in your own device.
When schooling used to be limited to the four corners of a classroom, learning became a challenge for some students who did not have the privilege of having their own textbooks. They had to run to a school library to find the resources they need and get access to the information. This requires more moving and extra time. But with online learning, students have the freedom to take their lessons with them and even tailor them to their own learning styles. For example, for tactile learners, they may do walking or engage in some types of exercise while listening to the teacher’s lecture in audio from their own devices. Unlike when inside a physical classroom, students have to be glued to their seats to listen for one or mores hours to a teacher who is giving a lecture.
4. In online learning, lessons are accessible anywhere, and anytime.
With eLearning, students can choose wherever they want to access their lessons without going to a physical classroom or finding their instructors. They don’t need to go where their teachers want them to be all the time, except perhaps when some teachers would require them to have virtual classes at times. Thus, it allows students to enhance their overall efficiency by learning during their own free time, whether they are at home, on travel or even vacationing.
5. The full face-to-face class concept is still far-fetched.
It is a fact that, Covid19 cases are still rising in most parts of the globe. Further, according to data and the news that we have been reading and hearing, Covid19 pandemic is still changing its variants every now and then. Hence, the idea of having a full face-to-face class is still implausible for now. It appears that, going back to the original situation as far as education is concerned, is still a long long way to go. In short, having face-to-face classes is still so uncertain at the moment. Thus, with this seemingly unpredictable trend, online learning could be a better and wiser option for the time being. So, instead of complaining and loathing eLearning, it would be at someone's advantage to embrace online education. That is, if anyone wants to pursue a career for now, in this rapidly changing world.
6. Online learning allows learners to do multitasking while schooling.
Multitasking saves time, money and effort. When this happens, it increases someone's productivity. Online learning gives this privilege. It provides an edge to those learners who would like to study while working at the same time, because they can work during the day and study at the night. This means they can do some adjustments with their own time. Thus, then gives them more freedom to do other things besides schooling. But in the face-to-face class setting, learners need to be inside the four walls of a room and be glued to their seats for many hours from morning to afternoon.
7. Online learning is environment friendly.
"Going paperless helps to reduce C02 (carbon dioxide) emissions. Turning a single tree into 17 reams of paper results in around 110 lbs of C02 being released into the atmosphere. Additionally, trees are also ‘carbon sinks’ and every tree that is not cut down for paper usage is able to absorb C02 gasses. The average tree can absorb around a ton- 2,000 lbs- of C02 in its lifetime," claims Paperless Productivity. By choosing to be paperless, you are being kind to mother earth. You help prevent the million of trees being cut each year. You join the ranks of people who exert effort to preserve the environment. You contribute to the ecosystem’s repair and make our world a better place to live. Remember, as human beings and inhabitants of this planet earth, we have the responsibility to preserve this earth. We are tasked to take care of this planet earth. Our Creator has given us that job description from the beginning. He penned that instruction in His Word which reads, "And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it" (Genesis 2:15, KJV).
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