E-Learning: A Step Ahead
E-learning has advanced the learning methods and assisted numerous students of all ages as well as tutors and professors to succeed in a better understanding of various topics. E-learning further provides equal opportunities by eliminating distances and inclusion barriers. Within a few years only, traditional educational systems have radically changed with the introduction of technology and the Internet as assistive learning tools. This affected and finally altered the process in which teaching is broadcasted (tutors) and received (students).
Even if there are various approaches and studies on how to reach a higher level of personalization related to the receivers, the need to approach the precise needs is imperative. A successful approach needs to consider both intellectual and the emotional factors, provide exact information and offer a personalized learning path per subject.
E-learning represents the upward impulse for teaching and learning for the future that will assure that students evolve and benefit from their educational experience for their lives. Everything that does not evolve in our universe degrades over time. The economy, culture and prosperity of a country are bound to the level of evolution of its children and students.
- From a learning perspective, many instructors have reached the conclusion that the new media and interactive tools that are currently available facilitate the treatment of examples and cases in a way that would not have been viable using traditional means.
- From a teaching perspective, irrespective of the complexity of the subject matter, interactive tools contribute to the explanation of difficult concepts, and help students in self-assessment. The incorporation of e-learning methods in teaching forces the instructor to rethink many aspects of his/her teaching methods as it is imperative to have a clear structure, to formulate clear goals in the eLearning modules for them to be accepted and to be effective.
- From a social perspective, despite a disagreement amongst professors, it has widely been argued by scholars that learning is socially constructed. The role of the lecturer is to ensure that the discussion focus on the academic topic under scrutiny instead of incoherent chatter.
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