There was a time when education used to take place more conventionally. A classroom, a teacher, students with their bags, books and stationery. The classes were held for a specific number of hours at a certain location, after which the onus of understanding or learning lay entirely on the student. Any doubts at home could be cleared only the next day at school.
Cut to the present day scenario. E-learning has changed the way that knowledge is being disbursed and attained. The traditional method had the students seeing only a particular perspective on topics. With E-learning, the classroom is global with teachers lending global views and insights to the issues being discussed. The students can understand and appreciate how certain topics affect people from different regions or countries.
Bringing Global Resources Together
Since it’s possible to link numerous resources in several formats for aiding teaching, the assimilation of the topic becomes easier. The resourcefulness of e-learning has no match. Any number of study material or books for reference can be made available to the students from any part of the globe. It saves both time and effort of going to the library and looking up those books, some of which may not be available or contain outdated information.
Similarly, videos of experiments being performed or visual sights of topics being discussed, make it easier to comprehend, assimilate and remember. Therefore, e-learning provides a learner orient environment for both the students and teachers alike. Another important aspect is that e-learning offers updated content which ensures that the teachers and students are in sync with the times.
A Cognitive Sense Enhancer
E-learning builds the confidence of the students by relieving peer pressure. Students can accomplish difficult tasks at their own pace with no pressure from the teachers or peers to finish it in the stipulated time. This helps in boosting the confidence of the students and reducing performance anxiety, hesitation or apprehensions that some students face in the company of peers. It is a boon for students who cannot attend school because of medical problems. To be able to study and be up to date with the topics covered in school fascinating for every child and being unable to go to school because of medical conditions or illnesses should not hamper a child’s growth and knowledge.
With the rise in environmental issues, e-learning does its bit in having a lesser impact on the environment and thus, adding another feather to its cap. E-learning methods consume 90% less power and generate about 85% lesser CO2 emissions as against the traditional methods of learning. There is little need to worry about recycling and resources needed to accomplish it as well. With the reduced usage of paper, the number of trees being felled for paper manufacture also reduces to quite an extent. Thus, with the extensive set of benefits that students can derive from e-learning, it is becoming quite popular and is being appreciated by the students the world over.