If you must sign up for e-learning, make sure you are aware of all it requires from you and, most importantly, what you get out of it
Never have online classes or distance learning programmes been so much in demand. With education going practically virtual, students all over the world are signing up for all kinds of educational courses to stay ahead of their game. But is distance learning for everyone? How does one make it work to one’s benefit? Here are eight different ways you can make distance learning work for you.
1. A successful approach
The effectiveness of a learning programme is often controlled by the time required for it and the cost involved. Does it match your expected outcome? Before approaching a course, find out the educational plan, details about the organisation and, of course, the culture of the institution.
2. Courses powered by videos
Courses paired with audio-visual recordings add to the value of any programme. They should never be ignored as they are an advantage to both educators and students. Videos help students get a better perspective of what’s being taught and feel engaged. They can also access the videos later stage as reference. Plus, web-based learnings always contribute to the competency of a student.
3. The power of communication
Correspondence between staff and other students is one of the best ways to make a long-distance programme effective. Using media channels, messages, virtual meetings etc help giving students and instructors interact with each other on a more personal level.
4. Execute Virtual Reality (VR)
Virtual Reality (VR) is slowly making its way into educational programmes in our country. Normally, the cerebrum is equipped to recall 10 per cent of what students read, 20 per cent of what they hear and about 90 per cent of what they experience. VR can be used in conducting virtual field trips, giving students a wider experience, and in creating specific content for a subject.
5. Adaptable lesson plans
A flexible lesson plan, where you can learn at your own pace, is always a benefit. Instead of looking at outdated standards, where the pressure is always on the student to learn multiple things at the same time, it makes more practical sense to look at one thing at a time, absorb and learn.
6. A competent team
Regardless of how great the e-learning framework is, it needs to be executed by a team of efficient instructors. Not only do they need to know their subject well, but they also need to be equipped to impart specific lessons in a systematic fashion. At the same time, the instructors should be approachable and minismise the gap between the student and him or herself.
7. Result-oriented assessments
An assessment every now and then is a must. After all, it’s important for the student to understand where they are when it comes to a specific lesson. E-courses are no different. Result-based appraisals not only help teachers understand the progress of a student but also gives the student the opportunity to improve oneself if necessary.
8. How much does it cost?
One of the most important factors to consider, even before signing up for a programme is the cost. How much does the entire course cost? Do you need to pay for each module separately? Knowing all the specifics and making adequate arrangements to fund the course always helps.
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