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Online Learning And Its Effectiveness: A Thoughtful Insight

If you are keen enough to know what makes a full-time professional choreographer opt in her life-long desire to be a journalist then you need to pay heed in her career graph. You will see that apart from teaching more than 100 students she manages to participate in her online studies.

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Or take a look at the kid next to you in the bus zeroing in on his smartphone. It’s quite possible that he is continuing his lesson on the way to music class.

This is the what 21st-century education looks like. Education 2.0, as Bill Gates coined the term, etymologically means a learning that is transmuted through the course of time for greater good. Online learning is the upgraded version of traditional learning which is infused with technology and a broader perception. A perception that promises the learners quality and relevant education.

A breakthrough in educational ecosystem.

The initiation of online learning in the realm of traditional learning reveals the inadequacy of the orthodox way of passing on knowledge. The hard fact is that traditional learning schools are failing to provide career-oriented education to the advanced learners. On the other hand UK online business schools are paving its way to the educational ecosystem with ease. You need to dig deeper to get the full fathom of it.

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An opportunity to take control. Online learning arms the learners with the power to direct their own studies. They have the leeway to manage their study whenever they want wherever they want. On top of that learning online makes the students more responsible as in this mode of education the role of educators are minimal.

Learning by sharing. Collaborative learning is another salient feature of online learning where students are introduced to online discussions boards to ask a question, give answers and share thoughts. Instructors often leverage the power of social media networks as an intuitive learning platform.

Learning on the go. It’s about making education available to all. It’s about letting technology infuse with the learning process. Ever since modern technology started to make its way in almost everything we can think of education got its interactive touch to become à la mode across the world. Learning, in this approach, is delivered through smart-phone via internet. As a result, learners are never out of touch of their studies whether they are travelling or out for a vacation.

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Gamification of learning. This is relatively new in the domain of online learning where the sole intention of making learning ‘playable’ is to enhance the young learner’s engagement in study. Study says education games make the kids more attentive towards their lessons.

Augmented Reality. Instead of following the traditional method of following and taking notes of the lectures in the physical classroom online learning harness the power of technology and initiates the use of Augmented Reality (AR) the most advanced form of ed-tech where students experience real-life ambience with sound, 3D visual, graphics and GPS data. Google Glass and Occulus Rift the perfect example of advanced technology that is used to render a thrilling experience to the students which eventually results in a better understanding of complex study area.

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Big-data or Student Analytics. No one can deny the importance of roll-call in a physical classroom. But it is of no use if the attendance report does not reveal the engagement stat – like how many students actually are interested in a particular course or are they having problem understanding a specific lesson? The instigation and utilisation of Student Analytics to keep a check on learner’s commitment in his study is a big leap towards making the core of learning procedure more effectual. Analytics perform as a monitoring device by which instructors can single out student related issues or monitor their involvement in studies.

Micro-learning. Micro-learning is all about making learning less round-about, less elaborate and easy to comprehend. The amount of concentrated time of a learner without becoming distracted is ridiculously less than one minute. So, to hold their concentration on learning for a longer time the process of breaking the study content into smaller parts is necessary. And online learning is dedicated to implementing Micro-learning or Bite-sized learning for better student engagement.

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All these methods are amalgamated with education to maximise the participation rate among the students with their study. And all these methods are proven to be effective.

Lawrence N. Gold, director of higher education at the American Federation of Teachers says that

“Online learning and blended learning are growing components of higher education and, employed properly”.

Marc Loudon, professor of medicinal chemistry at Purdue University, who once had had reservations about the potency of online approach of learning says – after realising the success of e-learning – that

“Students are highly engaged when they work online because they get instant feedback.” He added that “The degree of benefit surprised me—I hate to admit it. The study convinced me of something that I didn’t believe would happen.”

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