Online Learning - The best of both worlds
Yes, as far as we know, there are only two – the real one and the virtual one.
There is, of course, the Third World, though this is still largely connected to the real one, and the virtual one.
And where are we when we’re in a ‘world of our own’?
Okay, online learning or, as it’s often called ‘Eee!‘ Learning is a vast, many and varied cyber school for today’s busy student. If you haven’t already used or considered this spectacularly flexible learning platform, it’s never too late to start; eLearning is here, there and everywhere, and it’s here, there and everywhere to stay.
Why learn online?
Well, let’s say you want to do a diploma in business and management in and around a 9 to 5 job. There’s an evening class on offer three nights a week half an hour from where you work. All good, except there’s no point in going home for 15 minutes and then going straight out again. So you wait in town, do the class and get home at 9. Fine if you can deal with it.
There’s also an online course offering the same basic end result. The whole thing’s in downloadable modules so you can watch them over breakfast, in your lunch break or in bed if you want.
Which would you choose? While some courses are straight modules, most offer other more interactive components. Here are a few of the better options.
It’s a silly name for a far from silly approach. Here’s how it works in précis: your instructor records the lectures as video or audio modules/lectures and you assimilate these at your leisure. When you’re good and ready, you attend live online ‘classes’ where you can ask questions and clear confusion in real time with the very same teacher.
Some of your work is in a good, old fashioned classroom; the rest is online. With a hybrid course, you get real people instructing you when it suits them and virtual ones filling in the gaps when it suits you.
This one is 100% class-based with a real teacher using a combination of traditional teaching and online aids, be they interactive or otherwise. If the whole point of learning online is to avoid a fixed regimen of classes and commuting, move right along.
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Fancy studying the fundamentals of online education? Or how about e-learning and digital cultures or even Gamification? These are just a sample of the online courses available at no charge. A lot of these courses are designed for existing or aspiring online professionals as ways to hone skills and utilise those skills for the enhancement of the internet as a whole. Or so it seems and many are provided by universities and education trusts, so get ‘em while they’re hot. They are free with no strings attached so you can float off through cyberspace the moment you’re ready to launch.