What is E-Learning?
We define E-Learning as courses that are specially delivered via the internet to somewhere other than the classroom where the professor is teaching. It is an interactive in which you can also talk and ask questions with your teachers, professors or other students in your class. E-Learning is learning employing electronic technologies to acquire educational curriculum outside of a traditional classroom. In most cases, it refers to a course, program or degree delivered completely online. Technology has advanced so much that the geographical gap is bridged with the use of tools that make you feel as if you are inside the classroom. E-learning offers the ability to share material in all kinds of formats such as videos, slideshows, word documents and PDFs.
Advantages of E-Learning
Learning in a classroom is more personal and interactive, but there are a lot of benefits to enrolling in an online course. Some of them are as follows:
- Due to its convenience and flexibility, the resources are available from anywhere and at any time.
- Web-based learning promotes active and independent learning.
- As you have access to the net 24 x 7, you can train yourself anytime and from anywhere also.
- The video instructions that are provided for audio and video learning can be rewound and seen and heard again and again if you do not happen to understand the topic first time around.
Elements of Online Courses
When creating an online course, a number of criteria must be met to ensure that students receive the benefits they signed up for.
- Consistent instructor presence: the value of feedback:
The role of the instructor is very important in the elearning process because it’s in his hands to encourage, inspire and ensure students don’t feel like they have embarked on the learning trip alone, and also because it
will ensure that students will be tracked and given proper feedback which is very important throughout the learning process.
- Content that is up to par:
The most important thing to keep a student satisfied is the material. The role of the curriculum is to set the tone for an organization to design a successful course and offer both teachers and learners a set of guidelines. So while a system must be well designed and efficient, the quality
of the content must be on par.
- Tested delivery methods:
As with any other website, application or product, compatibility is always a delicate matter. We need to always be sure that the material we post for learners to use is compatible with all the possible web browsers or
platforms being used. To avoid discouraging learners, keeping it simple is preferable to overextending ourselves and possibly hitting an incompatibility roadblock.
- Online tests and quizzes:
Despite the fact that e-learning lacks the element of physical presence, tests and quizzes are still an essential part of the educational process. Through online tests and quizzes an instructor is able to track the progress of students and assess the effectiveness of the curriculum, while at the same time students have the ability to track their own progress and improve on their skills accordingly.
How to make E-Learning effective ??
Here are some tips that can help you create a highly effective e-learning course regardless of the material or curriculum:
- Know your subject material well.
- Online courses provided should appeal to all learning styles.
- Facilitate Contact
- Platform should be easy to navigate and fully functional
- Course documents should be available to every student enrolled
- Set and communicate clear goals