As eLearning practitioners, it can be easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of new innovation, encouraging us to envision life where the classroom is based within our own homes.
The reality of how the Internet has changed not only how we buy products, but also how we communicate, is becoming clearer, opening new doors and opportunities for the future – and learning is just one aspect of this.
And, in a way, as technology becomes more ingrained into our daily lives, it starts to become easier to imagine how those films about artificial intelligence ruling the world could become actual possibilities.
But forget sci-fi for a second – particularly in these uncertain times, as schools close across the world to battle the onset of coronavirus, suddenly online learning has become a key way to keep pupils engaged in their schoolwork and even preparing for exams.
In a global way, for the first time, people are being forced to take a step back from active society and account for their own education, with the boundaries of eLearning being pushed like never before.
But are we ready for it?
Today’s eLearning platforms offer more interaction than ever – a real opportunity to liaise directly with teachers, ask questions with other students in forums, play memory games, watch videos and give direct feedback on subjects, all rolled into one easy-to-use package.
The distinction compared to traditional online learning is that we have seen a move away from a generic, one-size-fits-all approach to one that can make eLearning more personalised, creating a more effective and engaging educational environment.
However, while eLearning can be accessed remotely from any location, if you work from a cloud-based system, the tools still need to be in place – which can largely rely on access to resources.
This means that, for those students who don’t own computers or tablets, they will still need to have access to a classroom, or even a library, where they can use technological resources in order to complete the online learning.
And, particularly for children, the classroom is actually an opportunity for them to interact with other people and learn those key social skills that will enable them to build relationships and an understanding of how to interact with the rest of the world in years to come.
So, could eLearning rule the world?
Despite the fact that a classroom is still a key role in children’s education today, that doesn’t mean there won’t be a vital place for eLearning in the future.
For adults, there has been a real move towards virtual learning simply because it allows them to study new subjects and work full-time jobs at the same time, giving them the opportunity to change career without the financial implications of giving up work.
It’s also opened the door for companies to encourage employees to learn key new skills, which will help them land promotions or become more efficient within their current roles, while still showing up to work.
And, perhaps, when it comes to schools, the real key will be in merging the two methods to work harmoniously together – offering students the chance to learn in new, innovative ways no matter where they are in the world, while still offering a social learning solution.
Whether eLearning will rule the world one day is yet to be determined, but its growing importance in modern society is one thing that can’t be disputed.
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