eLearning is here to stay, embrace it!
When the concept of eLearning emerged in the 1970s, it was quickly dismissed as one of the many fads that come and go in education. However, one doesn’t have to scroll very far to see that eLearning has not only stood the test of time, but it’s also here to stay. If you were once sceptical about eLearning or have managed to keep it at arm’s length, then this enlightening blog post is for you.
First off though, let’s be clear – when we talk about eLearning, we are referring to the use of digital technology in the delivery, acquisition and retention of information. This teaching-learning process takes several forms, including flipped learning, online learning and the use of a Classroom Performance System (CPS).
With this approach, classwork is taken out of the classroom and homework is brought into the classroom. Instructors typically record lectures or presentations that cover the material students need to know, and in turn, learners review the content, make notes outside of the formal classroom setting, then arrive prepared to apply their knowledge by answering questions and solving problems in the classroom. This means that teachers won’t have to mark a pile of homework each week since they will be working through the answers with their students in class. Moreover, prior engagement with the material and in-class support would reduce students’ likelihood of getting stuck, frustrated and eventually giving up. It’s a win-win.
I must say that I am a huge fan of flipped learning, which is one of the most effective forms of eLearning in academia. In an article published in 2015, Andy Bailey (CMO at EF Education First Corporate Solutions) made reference to the remarkable success achieved at Michigan’s Clintondale High School in 2011 after an all-flipped curriculum had been introduced. More specifically, the percentage of students failing classes decreased from 30% to under 10%. Lee and Recker (2013) have also pointed out that flipped learning in the workplace can potentially reduce travel costs, opportunity costs, as well as increase return on training time for employees if they solve real problems in the training environment.
Online learning is another form of eLearning. Many institutions enable students to submit assignments and take tests online. Some establishments are fully web-based, which means that learners don’t have to set foot in the actual classroom. Moreover, in an attempt to foster networking and collaboration, online learning platforms afford learners the opportunity to participate in online discussions.
Classroom Performance System
While some classrooms incorporate digital technology, others are designed around it. A Classroom Performance System (CPS) provides a completely digital learning environment that includes a projector for displaying videos and web-content and a digital chalkboard for the instructor. In response, students complete tests and quizzes using digital response pads rather than submitting actual scripts.
eLearning is about providing students with tools to learn creatively and efficiently in this modern world. Hence here at eLearning Kings, we empower. Our sole responsibility is to ensure that learners and educators harness the full power of technology in the teaching-learning process.
eLearning is here to stay, embrace it today!