e-Learning in a new era: Time, Money and Flexibility
e-Learning is dynamic in its ability to provide education easily, and in so doing, bypasses a lot of physical and financial barriers which inhibit learners and potential learners from accessing quality education.
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Current international developments are moving the world of business into uncharted territories in ways that are unprecedented in the modern era. At this point, it is easy to say that we have never been here before. As such, the need to be able to accurately predict the market is greater than it has ever been before. Nowhere is this more important than in the realm of education. The excess of factors associated with this sphere has just been added to by elements that bring with them several unknowns.
Presently, many of us are working from home. What this means for production still needs to be seen. In a way, it can be seen as a trial run for various mobile/electronic-based models of doing business and opens the dialogue for more flexible time management for businesses as well as employees. In the educational sphere, it is already established. Studying from home (or anywhere outside the classroom) is a dynamic that exists on an international level, and is particularly successful in many areas.
With the lockdown being experienced globally, there is no better time to do an online course and use this time constructively. There are various online courses available, which can help to further skills and knowledge.
The benefits of e-Learning are apparent not just for learners/students, but also for educational institutions that provide the service. An important factor that is addressed is the factor of time management. Students no longer need to be in a specific place at a specific time. Uploaded lectures can be watched at any point in time. The convenience of this cannot be overstated. Many people work 9-5 jobs that don't allow them the time to attend to traditional educational advancement. e-Learning provides people with educational access outside of traditional working hours. This flexibility not only benefits the learner, but also creates resilience from an economic perspective, and is thus beneficial for the educational provider.
Unlike traditional methods of education, once the lecture is uploaded, it stays uploaded. It doesn't simply exist in the past. Learners can therefore not only access the lecture at any point in time, but they can also watch the lecture as many times as they like, with the ability to skip through parts they already understand and pay more careful attention to the parts with which they struggle.
Another important benefit is the cost-effectiveness of e-Learning for both the learner as well as the education provider. For the provider, there is no need for large venues to be maintained, and costs involved in looking after learners' physical needs are also mitigated. For learners, the costs of accommodation, travel, and learning materials such as textbooks, are reduced, or in many circumstances, completely erased.
The main takeaway from the above points is that e-Learning is dynamic in its ability to provide education easily, and in so doing, bypasses a lot of physical and financial barriers which inhibit learners and potential learners from accessing quality education.
The main key to addressing the factors of 'time' and 'money' for both learners and educational institutions is flexibility. In a new age of uncertainty as well as technological development, inflexible dynamics will perish, while those that can adapt stand the greatest chance of thriving.
Skills development in an online space, which is interactive and allows for skills practice through activities is a versatile way to replicate the classroom experience. Our online learning platform, Omni Stack hosts a variety of online skills development solutions.
Take a moment to consider how you will set yourself apart, by taking charge of your learning by going online today and visiting our website!
Contributor: Greg Beyer
Researcher at Omni Academy for Education, Training and Development
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