Online education has become widely used within the last 10 years by children as young as pre-school age. It’s being implemented into basic curricula throughout the nation, from elementary schools to college campuses. The future of online learning is right now.
Teaching has evolved through the years, and more teachers are finding ways to successfully add to their current curriculum by using learning management systems, and more electronic educational tools and applications. As long as a teacher has the proper funding and permission from their school boards they are more likely to jump on the online learning train.
Many teachers believe that online tools help to engage students and also help to improve performance. Teachers and instructors have a better way of presenting a syllabus and course discussions by using online webinars, easy quiz forms, and even a centralized class forum and grading system.
In 2010, education spent almost 2 billion in computer software for classroom usage. By using a learning management system (LMS) some schools now have the ability to better serve their students through an integrated web-based platform of online education courses. Everything is all there from educational records, documentation of teacher appraisals, and even personalized content per student.
There are many important benefits of a learning management system that even college campuses are implementing. Systems can be up and running with little installation and training. There are webinars, assessments, and discussion forums that a student can take advantage of with an easy self-registration process.
It may not be a surprising statistic but 4 out of 5 students own a computer or other electronic device that they use for education purposes. As long as there are online courses being developed and offered, more and more students will see the benefit. Elementary up to college, students are embracing the technological age by using that technology to sharpen their communication, creativity, and problem-solving skills.
Course work and assignments are just as challenging as in class, but there needs to be a positive commitment to stay on task and do what’s required, even if they are not in a classroom setting. Kids are more likely to speak up with questions or comments in an online discussion because there is a more laid back learning environment and no judging from other students.
There are many colleges and private schools that have implemented online learning programs. Even charter schools and homeschoolers now have access to more professional resources and curriculum too. Anyone can call themselves a student now because of the many educational opportunities out there. You can sign up and take classes from anywhere. Online education used to be seen as a second-rate choice, but now it’s a mainstream, respectable option full of endless subjects and breakout career prospects.
Chad Calimpong has been recognized locally and nationally for his photography and video documentaries. He enjoys cooking, baking, and has a passion for technology and computers. He currently resides in Austin, Texas with his wife and two cats. At the time, he is researching more about educational technology and would recommend visiting the Dell site here for more information.