Online Learning: the Now and the Future

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Online Learning: The Now and the Future
“In the years ahead, the Internet will have an even more profound effect on the way we work, live and learn. By enabling instantaneous and seamless communication and commerce around the globe, from almost any device imaginable, this technology will be one of the key cultural and economic forces of the early 21st century” (Gates). Over the last decade internet has become a focal point of people’s lives in modern societies all over the world. Almost every second of our lives is connected online to some form of media, whether it is E-mails, social networking or news. If we spend so much time online, why not spend that time learning as well? The answer is we have. According to Canadian Council of Learning, “50% of online activity of a home internet user, aged 16 years or older, is dedicated to education, training or school work” (27). A big reason for this online activity is due to the availability of online learning in Colleges and Universities all over Canada. This advancing technology assists to create, deliver and facilitate learning- anytime and anywhere. To have continued success, online learning must continually focus on its flexibility and interactivity.

The flexibility of online learning is one of its greatest benefits. Most courses are specifically created in a manner that allows students to complete work at their own pace and convenience, whenever they have enough time to spare. Unlike conventional classrooms where the teacher stands in front of students, where attendance is mandatory, students in online courses are no longer reliant on fixed time tables and classrooms. They can access the course anytime anywhere. Students can work on their assignments and lectures at home or at work. It doesn’t matter if they live close to the campus or far away, as long as they have access to the internet. According to Karen Swan, “In today’s world, working people and people with families especially just don’t have...
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