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Benefits: eLearning v Classroom

People are beginning to realise the huge benefits of e-learning, no rushed or disrupted classes and an exemplary learning environment that is better suited to students seeking fast track success and top results.

With online learning students no longer need to tip toe along with the general pace of a traditional teacher within a classroom setting. 

Online Learning Offers Students A More Flexible Approach To Education

Online learning allows the student to excel at a pace better suited to their individual needs. As a result, online tuition is rapidly growing as we all adjust to a new norm and face the challenges of an ever changing society. 

Christine Greenhow, an associate professor of Educational Technology in the College of Education and the 2018 Recipient of MSU’s Teacher-Scholar Award, stated that:

“Online learning can be as good or even better than in-person classroom learning. Research has shown that students in online learning performed better than those receiving face-to-face instruction, but it has to be done right. The best online learning combines elements where students go at their own pace, on their own time, and are set up to think deeply and critically about subject matter combined with elements where students go online at the same time and interact with other students, their teacher and content.” 

Online education has emerged as the finest and most resilient method of learning in 2020. One in every four students are enrolling for online courses.  It is not a new phenomenon, in fact students have been learning online since 2002.

Let’s discuss the advantages and disadvantages of online learning and how as parents we can look for the positives and work to alleviate some of the lesser negatives. 

The debate between online learning versus traditional classroom based teaching grows every year as increasingly more families choose to home school their children. 

Technological advancements allow for online collaboration with other students therefore the social elements of online learning continues to grow as students enter ‘virtual classrooms’ and ‘Workshop classes’. Therefore the social elements and how we learn from others are still prevalent through online learning platforms. 

An Online Education Provides a Streamlined Approach To Learning

Parents can enhance the social interaction of their children with the numerous extra-curricular clubs in their community yet knowingly provide the best education possible through on-line learning, where lessons are devised with the students individual needs, compared to overcrowded classrooms and the limited time students receive from teachers. 

There is ample evidence to suggest that students learn just as much online within a shorter time frame and the social interaction we want our children to have more of can be obtained from after school clubs, on the sports pitch, in an orchestra, drama clubs and alike but EDUCATION starts at home. 

With virtual learning, parents get to choose what best suits their families educational needs and with the threat of possible further budget cuts to help recoup the costs of the pandemics lockdown, our children could possibly face further disruption and upset in the traditional classroom setting. 

An online education provides a more streamlined approach to learning that will allow students thrive and succeed in areas they may have struggled in before.

In short, online learning provides students with a more bespoke, robust and uninterrupted educational environment.