E-learning is currently huge buzzwords in education, as the tidal wave of the internet and the digital revolution, already firmly ensconced in our homes and businesses, marches voraciously on into our classrooms and universities. From class blogs and school e-twinning schemes to scholastic ‘apps’ and online courses, education is going electronic. Online learning is on the rise. According to a 2013 report by the Babson Survey Research Group, over 6.7 million postsecondary students were enrolled in at least one online class in 2011, compared to only 1.6 million in 2002, and higher-education institutions continue to refine and enhance their online curriculum. In 2002, about 72 percent of these schools offered some form of online learning, and that number has steadily increased to nearly 87 percent in 2012. Colleges also have emphasized the creation of fully online degree programs, and 62 percent of the schools surveyed now award degrees entirely through distance education. Before anyone called it eLearning, in late 1997, learning guru Elliott Masie said, “Online learningis the use of network technology to design, deliver,select,administer, and extend learning.” In 1998, written, “eLearning is learning on Internet Time, the convergence of learning and networks. eLearning is a vision of what corporate training can become. eLearning is to traditional training as eBusiness is to business as usual.” In 1999, Cisco told us, “eLearning is Internet-enabled learning. Components can include content delivery in multiple formats, management of the learning experience, and a networked community of learners, content developers and experts.” e-Learning is learning with a computer where you learn in a learning environment, connected with your teacher with a learning environment. Mostly an e-Learning course is a self study course. For those who have yet to experience the e-learning revolution, there is a treasure trove of rich benefits and exciting advances just waiting to be discovered, but some believe that there are also major pitfalls that must be carefully avoided.
E-learning has a lot of advantages that will benefit everyone no matter if they are young or old. One of these advantages is that e-learning is very flexible. This is because unlike public school or private learning institutions, e-learning can be done anytime and anywhere at your own convenience. You can do it when you are at home, or you can do it when you are at work. You can also either do it from home or when you are on a vacation. This is very different from public schools or private learning institutions which have a set time and complete timetable for which students are compulsory to obey in order to attend classes. Using e-learning, students are given the freedom to learn at their own convenience and at a pace that is right for them (Ferriman 2013). Another reason why e-learning is convenient is because of it can be conducted from home or anywhere. One of the key advantages of choosing e-learning over classroom learning is convenience as students can learn whilst they are at home, in the library or on vacation (webanywhere 2013). Therefore, it benefits people who are too busy with other personal matters or are having problems like home distance, bad physical condition or work. For these people, e-learning can help them carry out their studies whenever they are free. A good example is those who are having part time jobs. These people can use their WiFi connection to connect to the internet, log on to the e-learning website, and conduct a short e-learning session during their break time or after they are done with work. Not only that, one good thing for these part time workers is that WiFi usually can be found at the local library, hospital, cafes, public areas or at home. These are all places that people normally frequent or work at so it is actually very easy for anyone to find a suitable place to connect to the internet using the WiFi and and conduct...
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Advantages and Disadvantages of eLearning online
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