Everything is online these days. The revolution of Information Technology has extended its reach in higher education to offer a new and possibly even better way of learning. Until the recent COVID-19 outbreak, most organizations were still testing the waters with e-learning. But with the worldwide imposed lockdown, has e-learning stepped up to ensure higher education students would not miss out.
In fact, moving forward, this new trend in higher education looks as promising and bright as ever. Let’s look at some of the ways e-learning is remaking higher education and making education accessible to anyone, anywhere.
E-learning Helps Students to Learn Better
Students today have a different attitude towards learning. Recent studies reveal that attention spans decrease from Millennials with 12 seconds to Gen Z with just 8 seconds. So, traditional learning would have no impact on them at all and would actually be a waste of everyone’s time.
With e-learning, though, students are able to retain 5x more information for each learning hour. In general, e-learning allows students the freedom to learn effectively with their own methods instead of forcing them to conform to traditional methods.
E-learning Allows Everyone to Learn
When e-learning is available in higher education, everyone can partake no matter how busy their lives may be. Since the course material is shared, accessed, consumed, and discussed online, anyone who wants to learn can do it at their own time. No matter if you are a busy housewife or if you work during the daytime, if you have the will to study, e-learning can help you get a certificate at the end of your course. Without e-learning, many worthy candidates might have to give up higher education, as they do not have time to attend physical classes.
E-learning Gives You Up-to-date Content
Having everything online means there is a level of synchronization. Learners have a platform where they can access all course materials and stay up to date with their fellow classmates. Say, for example, you’re behind on a lecture – you can easily access the latest material at a time of your convenience.
Lessons Are Faster Yet More Effective
With e-learning, lessons can be delivered in 25% to 60% less time than traditional classes. Students can access course material anywhere they, are which lessens traveling time to and from classes. Training programs can also be rolled out in a shorter time frame because lessons can be wrapped up in a single lesson.
Learn at Your Own Pace
In a normal classroom setting, the lesson is only given once and you are expected to remember all you’ve learned throughout the lesson. With e-learning, you can access the content as many times as you want, so you can learn at your own pace. If a student happens to miss a class for whatever reason, they also won’t have to worry because they can still catch up.
E-learning is cost-effective for both students and academic organizations. When they don’t have to pay for a large school facility, schools can save a lot of money. As for students, without having to travel from one place to another, they save a lot on transportation costs.
Overall, e-learning benefits everyone. With its flexibility, more people can learn despite busy schedules. It also makes learning more accessible. What’s more, students can study at their own pace. For academic organizations, it’s a feasible way of making learning accessible to everyone. Moving forward, e-learning will play an even bigger role in higher education.