All around the world, educational institutions are adapting to online learning platforms to continue with the process of educating students. The new normal is now online learning. For many educational institutes, this is an entirely new way of education that they have had to adopt. In recent months, the demand for online learning has risen significantly, and it will continue doing so in the future. Here at Ashley B’s we have realized that despite many challenges at the start of the pandemic there are numerous benefits with online schooling now that we should embrace and appreciate!
Learning in a more focused environment
The traditional brick and mortar classroom definitely cannot be tailored to every student’s preferred learning environment requirements. Though intended to be a neutral space, it poses distractions for many and their learning capabilities. These distractions can range from the physical space, to peer interactions. Online school individualizes the learning environment, as the student and parent now can design the best suited environment. Peer interaction is also better managed, as the online platform leaves little room for irrelevant socialization during teaching sessions. Furthermore, individual attention between the teacher and the student is encouraged.
Convenience of remote learning
For many students going to school meant waking up at ungodly hours in a rush to beat the morning traffic, and after a full day, having to sit in hours of traffic to get home, and exhaustedly prepare to repeat the cycle the next day. Ultimately, a lot of valuable time is wasted with this routine. Online school, however, lends for greater convenience. An internet connection grants the student access to the classroom, therefore, no time is invested in commuting. The student as a result is more rested and prepared for class, enhancing their focus and productivity. More time is also distributed to remedial work sessions, allowing the students to put more emphasis on their weak areas.
More parent involvement
As the home becomes the classroom, parents are inevitably becoming involved in their children’s learning. They now have a first- hand view of their children’s attitude towards their work, their learning capabilities, their progress, and their weaknesses. This way they are of better assistance when it comes to improving their children’s learning experience. Furthermore, they can work hand in hand with the teachers to help their children achieve their optimal potential. There is also improved student attendance as there are fewer chances of students missing out on lessons.
Online education is far more affordable as compared to physical learning. This is because online learning eliminates the cost points of student transportation, student meals, and most importantly, real estate. Additionally, all the course or study materials are available online, thus creating a paperless learning environment which is more affordable, while also being beneficial to the environment.
Greater access to learning opportunities and creativity in learning
With Ashley B’s Learning Academy being a great example, the online platform provides the most remote student with access to quality education best suited to their learning capabilities.
Also, the online platform has forced educators to become more creative in their teaching methods. A number of tools such as videos, PDFs, podcasts games and interactive tools can be used as part of their lesson plans. By extending the lesson plan beyond traditional textbooks teachers are able to become more efficient educators which certainly enhances the student’s overall learning experience.
Suits A Variety of Learning Styles
Every student has a different learning journey and a different learning style. Some students are visual learners, while some students prefer to learn through audio. Similarly, some students thrive in the classroom, and other students are solo learners who get distracted by large groups.
The online learning system, with its range of options and resources, can be personalized in many ways. It is the best way to create a perfect learning environment suited to the needs of each student.