E-learning is the learning and teaching of educational courses electronically, thus the use of ‘e’ in e- learning. All you just need is a device that can connect to the Internet. This is an efficient method of learning especially for Distance Students. This also helps to break the monotony of learning in the traditional classroom.
There are interactive sessions whereby there is a pre-recorded session or a live one where you can participate. The live sessions are better as the teacher can assess your participation.
There are many benefits of e-learning to its users. They include:
It has helped in the cutting down of costs like using of hard copy materials like paper which you realize after a while, has made you spend quite a lot of money. Travel costs are also reduced as you can study anywhere, at home, in the office, no need to travel to school to be able to access it.
You can study at any time, the decision is solely up to you, but this has to come with self-discipline and a sense of responsibility whereby you should be at par with the course requirements of you as no one is there to push the individual to study. This is possible too because of the access of studying material online, no need to look for a library and borrow reading material unless necessary which is not so much likely as you can just research from the World Wide Web.
As long as you have a device with internet connection, you can be able to access online learning no matter which part of the country or the world you are in.
As we all know, many individuals learn in different ways; there are visual learners, those that have to see what is taught to understand, auditory learners, those that learn through listening. Learning tools are provided to be able to make it easy for every individual.
This helps in individuals being able to focus more on their weak point rather than repeat what they already know. They are also able to study at their own pace unlike in a traditional classroom where you have to learn according to the pace of the teacher and other students, which can be a major setback to the person
The e-learning method also has its disadvantages:
Lack of self-discipline
If an individual lacks this, they will not be motivated to study bringing about procrastination. This is where traditional classroom learning is handy whereby; you are tracked if you are falling behind in your studies.
This normally occurs when an individual is always on their computer or tablet; it brings about straining problems, poor vision and the like. It is, however, advisable to relax for at least 10 minutes an hour, walk around and even do some wrist exercises to prevent pains
Inability to access technology
This is a problem that is faced by individuals who want to take part an online course but cannot since they cannot access a device with internet connection or rather an environment that has hard access to an internet connection.
Does E-learning save time?
E-learning has come to save the time of many teachers in that they do not have to be in class to be able to teach a class, hand assignments and have assignments handed back to them. The students can easily send them via email to the teacher, who will then post the grades online where students can access them from anywhere in the world.
In as much as teachers would want that one-on-one contact with their students, it is occasionally impossible due to the teacher and the student being miles apart. They, therefore, have to use e-learning for their lessons. If the teacher does not have enough time to teach, sharing their notes, videos, and audios online and electronically saves time since the students can study at their own pleasure. The teacher can use the time they have saved to do something else or teach another class.
Impacts of E-learning
- It has brought about the feeling of self-responsibility amongst students where they have to account to themselves when they decide to study or not.
- It is also enabling students to be able not only to rely on textbook information but to expand their knowledge by researching using the World Wide Web.
- Teachers have also been able to benefit from this by allowing them to acquire various computer skills as well as students and this has enabled them to encourage students to apply their knowledge and skills. It has also helped in the communication with their students at all times.
- Students’ ability to study on their own has increased their critical thinking skills.
Ultimately, e-learning saves teachers a lot of time. It may have some negative attributes such as students becoming lazy due to lack of constant supervision, but in the end, it is a tool that if used well, is beneficial to both the teacher and the students.