It’s no secret that the developments in modern technology revolutionised the way we work, learn and communicate.
If there’s a thing we can learn from current events, it’s from the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 has single-handedly changed the way we work and the way we view education in schools, tertiary institutions and universities moving forward.
We all know that education is the key to a highly-skilled society and is the gateway to securing Australia’s economic future.
This pandemic has highlighted the importance of technology and the future of education. Combine the two and you get online learning.
Most of us have heard of online learning at this point. Online learning or e-learning is an education that takes place over the internet.
Online learning aims to ensure career-long professional learning regardless of location.
And in a changing world, online learning ensures students are equipped with the skills to cope in a world reliant on technology.
If you’re thinking about upskilling, pivoting mid-career or diversifying your skills, online learning is the perfect way to go about it.
Below are 5 benefits to studying online and thriving in uncertain times.
1. Web-Based Learning Enhances the Student Experience
Web-based learning is, for the most part, conducted through webinar software and offer playback from live recordings.
Webinars are challenging traditional face-to-face classroom learning and are gaining popularity for several reasons.
First – they enhance the student’s learning experience because it allows screen-sharing, chats and file sharing.
Second – it’s convenient because you can pause a video to catch up on note-taking as well as deal with interruptions.
And third – emailing your tutor provides a direct line of contact. This type of communication is accessible and convenient, therefore, enhancing the learning experience.
2. Personal Development is the Best Investment
The desire to gain knowledge and learn new skills allows us to adapt or become more competitive in the marketplace.
When you regularly invest in yourself through courses, you’re showing prospective employers that you’re committed to learning.
Not only that but it adds confidence and personal satisfaction.
The best part of online learning is that you save on petrol, parking and child care costs associated when travelling to a campus. Money that could be put to use in future courses perhaps.
3. Real World Skills: Prior Learning Recognition
Just because a course is online, it doesn’t mean your current skills, knowledge or experience gained in the real world is not recognised.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment-only process that assesses the competency of an individual whereby competency may have been acquired through formal, non-formal and/or informal learning. This assessment process seeks to determine the extent to which an individual meets the requirements.
The purpose of this is to ensure that you, the student, has evidence of prior learning to eliminate the need to study a particular unit or course again.
4. Self-Paced Learning For Busy Lifestyles
Self-paced learning allows students to organise their study time around their work, family and other commitments.
Recorded webinars and written content make it easy for students to access anywhere, anytime.
This is ideal for those with inconsistent or rotating schedules such as shift workers, carers or those who travel often.
Another reason why online learning is favoured by students, employers and tutors alike.
5. Environmentally-Friendly and a Cost-Effective Way To Study
Online learning addresses the challenges of a traditional classroom. Textbooks have been replaced with PDFs, weblinks and webinars.
Such mediums are much easier to update and it can be done in real-time. And in a world where people are becoming more eco-conscious, online courses are environmentally-friendly.
Not to mention that it’s cost-effective for intuitions. Fewer overheads make a difference to your bottom line at the end of the day.
Up-to-date content means that the courses are relevant which provides a level of reassurance knowing the knowledge you gain is applicable.
They say the best type of investment is one you can make on yourself. Whether it’s for personal or professional reasons, online learning is the best method for upskilling and remaining competitive.
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