With the pandemic taking over the world, people are still looking for new ways that will allow them to be together while staying apart. FaceTiming, food deliveries, or working out at home – all of those are a part of today’s world, half-real, half-virtual. But one has to work and study, too – no wonder that remote work and e-learning are developing fast.
Of course, not everyone loves it. Many students worldwide are waiting for traditional classes to start, teachers are struggling with technology, and some think that e-learning is simply overrated. However, it can actually help you accomplish a lot, especially in the current tricky times. It provides numerous benefits – and in this article, we discuss the most significant ones.
Ready to learn and grow without leaving your home? Read on!
- It’s Accessible
You don’t need much to study at home – a computer and a headset will be enough. It’s easy and time-saving, as you don’t have to wake up early to commute to school. If you’re not an early bird, you can simply get out of bed five minutes before the lessons start and make yourself some coffee. It’s also affordable – you can make notes on virtually anything, including your phone or computer, and if you need any piece of technology, you don’t have to invest much – it’s pretty easy to find the best headphones under $50, for example.
E-learning is also extremely convenient – you can have lunch while listening to a lecture (if you don’t have to turn your microphone and camera on, of course) and have your beauty sleep during the long break.
It also makes education more accessible for people with disabilities, chronic diseases, and students of older age, who are more susceptible to infections and viruses.
- It’s Cheaper
Cost reduction is one of the most important benefits of e-learning. For schools, especially the smaller ones, it’s cheaper to go online, as there’s no need to book classrooms (when the school doesn’t own a building) or keep the facility running, or prepare teaching materials, such as print-outs or textbooks. Students and teachers don’t have to pay for any means of transportation to go to school or buy meals in the school cafeteria.
For companies, e-learning is also a significantly cheaper option, as hiring an expert for in-house training can be extremely expensive. With online learning, the company only pays for software or online courses.
- It Doesn’t Limit You
E-learning doesn’t know many limitations: neither when it comes to distance and space nor regarding the amount of time on your hands.
First of all, more students can enrol in an online class than in a traditional one, so it might be easier for you to get into a course you will actually enjoy or benefit from. In case of digital courses, you can sign up for anything you want, and you will probably be able to squeeze in more studying hours; plus, you can learn from virtually any place in the world as long as you have an internet connection. So, whether you’re an international student who dreams of spending holidays at home or a teacher who wants to go to a holiday home, you are free to do so thanks to e-learning.
Moreover, you’re not limited by your available amount of time. If you want to boost your career, you can take an online course and adjust it to your needs and capabilities. Sometimes, there’s even no need for you to consult your professors, as many digital classes are designed for individual learning. This way, you can study whenever you have time.
- It Makes Learning More Fun
E-learning means innovative apps and software, which allow and improve online classes. And those things have a whole variety of tools to make studying more fun and effective: quizzes, presentations, online assignments, watching movies or educational videos, and so on. You’re limited only by your imagination.
- It Increases Productivity
One of the greatest benefits of e-learning is that it increases productivity. How? you may ask. First of all, apart from some exceptions, most students take their online classes in a familiar environment; they don’t have to think about getting to school, buying lunch, or forgetting to take an assignment. This means that it’s easier to focus on the vital tasks.
Secondly, thanks to e-learning, everyone studies at their own pace, having more free time to rest and relax than before. Because of that, students who need more time to comprehend the newly gained knowledge actually have that. On the other hand, in case of fully flexible classes, people with different chronotypes and other issues can study when they’re the most productive, which will improve their results.
To Sum Up
Every type of learning has its benefits; however, in the times of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s more important than ever to take care of yourself and other people and follow the rules, e.g., abide by social distancing guidelines. Fortunately, with today’s technology, you don’t have to worry about working or studying, as there’s a solution to any problem. E-learning is one of the best ways available right now to get an education without leaving your home. While many people still struggle or think it’s overrated, it actually has some perks.
Unlike traditional classes, e-learning doesn’t limit you to any place or timespan and is more accessible for everyone. It can also be more fun than traditional lessons, thanks to various e-learning tools, hence it increases your productivity and makes studying more effective.
So, especially if you have no choice at the moment, you might try to discover some of these advantages. Who knows, maybe you will become an e-learner type?
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