Digital learning is an education that takes place on the Internet. It is sometimes referred to as “learning” and other words. However, online learning is only one form of distance learning. The umbrella term for all learning that takes place over a distance, not in a conventional manner.
In the school. Distance learning has a long tradition, and there are a variety of forms available today.
Some of them are:
Email Courses: conducted via mail with no contact whatsoever;
Telecourses: where the material is broadcasted on radio or television;
Mobile Learning: using technologies such as smart phones, PDAs and visual-audio players, such as an IPad;
In the previous decades, the teachers had to build their “virtual classrooms” from scratch, which always contributed to bad performance. Now, a whole market has arisen to do this for us. The Course Management System (CMS) technology is used by nearly all colleges today. CMS allows teachers to plan and execute their classes within a scalable structure that contains a variety of courses.
9 Advantages of Online School
The greatest benefit of an online program is that the classroom and mentor (theoretically) are available 24 hours each day, 7 days a week. Your only reason for skipping a lecture is not to get online! Otherwise, it’s all up to you. You can get notifications, access information, check homework, practice questionnaires, discuss questions, talk with classmates, and study any time you like. Other than those due dates, you make your own timetable for meeting the course requirements.
2. Financial benefits
Although you might think that purchasing a computer and paying for Internet access is costly, imagine what fuel and parking will cost you every month if you were on campus. Remember the price of dining out or eating at home. Remember the cost of child care, pet care or some other type of care you need to undertake when you’re away from home. Remember the expense of skipping work in order to make classes or not to be considered for advancement when you cannot take classes to advance your educational degree. These are rather real advantages of getting access to home-based schooling.
3. Discipline, discipline, discipline…
Perhaps the strongest enemy of online classes is procrastination. Any of us, including the coaches, have set aside the things we need to do before the very last minute. When it comes to school, the last minute is the toughest possible time to think. Perhaps the lesson is learned the hard way in the form of a bad result in a test or project. Yet at the end of the day, you excel and you know the value of doing stuff on schedule or well ahead of time. Self-realization is behind your progress in an online course. No one’s watching over your shoulder to tell you to go online and report. There’s no one here to force you to ask questions or post answers. Your motivation to study in an online program comes within you. It’s something that we call student-centered or productive learning. The online student assumes full responsibility for the course of his or her studies and evolves into a person for whom learning and achievement are highly regarded. In short, your success is up to you!
4. Online courses encourage life-long learning
Almost all of the time, most of what we learn in a lecture is forgotten after a week or two of the completion of the semester. Getting the spark of curiosity and learning how to search knowledge online means that what you read is still accessible to you. If you’re interested in a certain subject, maybe because of something you see, read or hear about, or maybe because one of your kids or friends has a question, you can get online and check it out. You would have developed the skills to find, process, summarize, and address questions that comes your way.
5. Real-world abilities
Upon graduation, you will be able to add e-mail and online browsing as technical skills on your resume. That gives you a definite edge over someone who doesn’t have that kind of expertise. Learning how to get knowledge through the Internet would open up a world of opportunities for your personal and professional life. Job opportunities can be found online, education admissions can be made online, travel arrangements can be made online, auto dealer prices can be found online, a discount shop can be found online, fantastic works of art and literature can be accessed online, people from around the world can be found online, sports and movies can be watched online, and so on. The options are almost infinite.
6. Meeting people from all over the world
Many of us really don’t take enough time to get to know our fellow classmates, particularly in the big classes. We might be too distracted, or we might just be shy. The online course offers a chance to get to know other students through bulletin forums, discussion forums and message boards. I had students form research groups online, meeting at a nearby library or coffee shop. And if you’re just chatting online, it offers you a form of contact with other students and others that’s just not realistic in the time-limited on-campus classroom.
7. Individual attention
Since you have a clear e-mail pipeline to the teacher, you will get answers to your questions immediately. Most students are not comfortable posing questions in class for fear of being foolish. The Internet (fingers crossed) is removing the terror (as long as you feel comfortable with the instructor). You think about an issue a lot after class or when you’re learning. Rather than having to remember to inquire or forget about it, you may send an e-mail to the teacher. Your potential to learn is increased.
8. Worldwide networking
No technical innovation in human history has linked citizens of the world like the Internet. Although there is still a vast difference between those who have access to the Internet and those who do not, the very fact that all of us can interact across the globe points to the value of this medium. Many times the websites you visit in a course would be located in another country. What better way to find out about Michelangelo’s work than to go to Italy (virtually, of course)? What better way to read about the Amazon rainforest or the past of China or the traditions of islanders in the South Pacific than to visit these locations online?
And if you join in global learning days or other online activities, you might also be able to meet and make friends with someone in another state. It’s a small planet, after all.
9. Solidifying family bondings
Online students also notice that their families, peers and/or boys-girl-friends get involved in the course. A student will also learn with a special person present. Children may take an interest in the online world. Parents can look over the shoulder of an online student when browsing the web. In general, everybody in the family is interested in studying. Getting the help of your loved ones would make you more likely to excel.
Would you study online for your undergraduate studies? What about a Master’s?