An increasing number of today’s teachers are supplementing their in-class lessons with online assignments and activities. As e-learning technologies continue to develop, teachers have greater access to a variety of online learning content, academic resources and tools, giving them the opportunity to shape a more engaging and interactive learning environment for their students.
Ease of use for teachersIn the past, implementing e-learning technologies in the classroom came with its own share of difficulties. Teachers could encounter problems manually uploading student information or troubleshooting unwieldy learning software. Valuable time could be spent struggling with bulky and unaccommodating e-learning programs instead of developing lesson plans, building presentations and/or answering student questions. Given the improvements of more modern and accessible learning technologies, today’s teachers can save time by easily automating administrative tasks, share rich content and interactive media across the Internet, and tailor individual learning paths, ultimately connecting their students in new and exciting ways.
Learning does not have to take place in a traditional classroom anymore. In fact, e-learning programs have changed the way educators can deliver content to their students. E-learning enables a student’s full immersion in the course material by giving them the opportunity to engage in the material on portable devices, such as laptops or smart phones. By harnessing the capabilities of these modern, everyday technologies, students can access content anytime, anywhere. For example, students can download podcasts or their latest lecture of American History on-the-go. While at home, they can review the lecture in another format, such as a PowerPoint presentation. If the student has further questions, an e-learning program gives students the chance to communicate directly with the teacher or other students within a specific virtual learning environment.
A two-way learning model
For a long time, teachers have recognized the merits of participation and collaboration within the classroom. Today’s e-learning programs take this to the next level. Students have many different ways of interacting with the course material, most of which are incredibly convenient. From video and audio programs to forums and online chats, there are options for every learning style. Not every student learns information the same way, so the ability to offer varied choices is an important step to ensuring the success of all students. Now, students and teachers can truly develop tailored learning paths, which take an individual student’s specific needs into account.
In all, online learning is effective for all parties: teachers and students alike get to make the most of their time.