Why We Need Online Learning and Teaching
We are in the 21st century where everything is transforming online. The online world is quite vast that opens up tons of opportunities for individuals. As we are surrounded by online technologies, every sector is trying their best to implement such technologies in their day-to-day activities and keep up with the digital world. One of the sectors that have been highly dominated by technology this year (2020) is education. More and more students are opting for social learning network as they can learn with ease. Online education has especially been significant since the year 2020 due to the nationwide coronavirus pandemic. All the schools, colleges and educational institutions were guided to carry out online teaching and learning. However, this approach gained a lot of importance as many students opted for online learning and teachers for online teaching. This has resulted in a large number of Edtech companies to come up with learning and teaching platforms so that both teachers and students can benefit from this approach. Teachers make use of an online teaching platform that allows them to collaborate with learners, teach them, create courses and study materials and so on. On the other hand, students use an online learning platform to collaborate with teachers, learn from a variety of courses, get access to study materials related to their educational interests and so on. According to the estimation of many online reports, it is found that the e-learning market has taken a major hit especially from this year i.e. 2020. Many online learning and teaching platforms have seen a rise in registrations on their platforms from teachers and students. The e-learning market is also expected to grow at a higher rate till the year 2025. However, here a question arises i.e. why do we need online teaching and learning? Well, there are many benefits that are associated with this approach which we shall discuss below. Online Teaching and Learning Platforms Provide Flexibility of Time & Location This is one of the most important benefits of the online approach. Here, students can access their courses and other study materials whenever they want to without any time limit. This gives them the pace and control over their learning. On the other hand, they can take up their online classes at any place as long as they possess an internet connection and a smartphone/laptop/tablet. Location is not a constraint anymore for students who have other commitments apart from studies. The same share of benefits is applied to teachers as well. They get ample time to create their courses and publish them whenever they want to. They can teach anytime meaning an online approach can be so much flexible that teachers can even teach part-time or on an hourly basis using an online teaching platform. They can sync their timezones to conduct the classes with their students who stay in different parts of the country and can feasibly teach at the comfort of their homes Create & Learn from Various forms of Study Materials In an online approach, teachers can create various study materials according to the need of their students. In this process, they get their hands on creating study materials online using online teaching software and techniques. This tends to improve their technical skills as well. On the other hand, students get to learn from a variety of different study materials that are not monotonous as compared to the traditional approach. The information that these study materials contain is also updated frequently and are innovative and engaging as a whole. Increased Class Participation among students Online learning can be a dilemma for many students who have the habit of learning with their teachers and peers in the actual classroom. Encouraging these students to participate in the online class can be challenging. However, with the use of an online learning platform, teachers can encourage students to participate in their online classes. Refer to the following activities that increase student participation. - Fun and engaging study materials - Making groups in online portals where students can clear their doubts with peers - who are prepping for the same interest - Organizing various educational activities - Quick doubt clearing sessions from teachers - Timely feedback for assignments and class tests. Reduced Administrative Burden on Teachers With the use of online teaching software, teachers can now easily evaluate their students and carry out other administrative tasks. The same is not possible in a traditional approach. Here teachers have to keep an eye on the entire class, teach a class of 50-60 students, check bundles of test papers and assignments, etc. We can definitely say that an online approach is efficient as it reduces their burden by 10 times as that of a traditional approach. Less Financial Burdens on Teachers & Students Online learning and teaching are very budget-friendly as there is a minimum cost involved in this. Students can learn at a very low cost as they have to pay one-time course fees only. This is very beneficial as in a traditional approach, students have to pay a heavy amount of money that includes campus fees, study material fees, extra-curricular activities fees and much more. Students who are not financially stable face a lot of stress while paying this amount of money. On the other hand, teachers can save money which is spent on travel expenses. They can also earn a good amount of money by teaching online on a part-time basis. Today, digital skills have gained a lot of importance. The traditional approach cannot fulfill all the needs of teachers and learners. They lack many things like personalized learning, the convenience of time and location, interactive study materials, less administration work, fees, etc. With the ease of technology, now we can do things easily at our fingertips. Similarly, teachers and students should take the advantage of teaching and learning online as it will make things more clear and easy for them. Conclusion we would say that the educational industry must harness technology and education. Today as technology progresses, the educational sector must implement online education as a main form of learning. It gives both teachers and students an edge over their learning and teaching. Teachers can make the most of teaching platforms while students can make use of a social learning network to proceed with their learning in a hassle-free way.