From MOOCs to on-demand courses, something’s changed online learning. Here’s a look at how the future of online learning is shaping up.
What Is The Trend For Online Learning
Sure, online learning is new. That’s how its become an accreditation-worthy opportunity for many students. However, just because it’s been around for over a decade and boasts over half a million students doesn’t mean it’s been an easy transition. One of the more prevalent challenges of online learning is accepting feedback that might not be heard or understood in person. To address these issues, Education Tech News recently asked Jed Papageorgiou, vice president of ETS North America, whether online learning faces any major shortcomings. Here’s what he had to say:
Online Learning Has Its Downsides
There will always be a learning industry that provides education outside of the traditional classroom. In fact, it’s that foundation that the online learning industry can share. “It’s all about context. ETS has always been about global mobility of learners, connecting through the internet, but it’s not difficult to teach what you do outside the classroom,” says Papageorgiou.
On the other hand, educating a student online is absolutely different from teaching them in the traditional sense. “How we deliver a class in real life is very different from how we deliver it in an online format. However, as a learning company, we develop a certain set of tools and processes,” Papageorgiou says.
Online learning can be difficult because of its broken process for feedback. Papageorgiou explains that many online learning companies sometimes don’t expect users to make replies or comments to their questions or problems. “If we had people make comments [real comments on a question], it might have been a really valuable thing for the student to do.” Papageorgiou says.
Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter are key learning platforms
Another benefit that online learning can have is that a student is more likely to get involved in the learning process because he or she doesn’t need to go to the classroom. Students with apps like InstaBetter or InstaAddy can post questions on whatever platform they happen to be online, and get immediate replies. For example, MacPherson says, “If you’re trying to write a paper, and it’s an important one, how are you supposed to do that if you’re talking to 30 students on your phone? People can meet anyone anywhere.”
The advantages of this feature may not have been anticipated when it was first envisioned. It was a revolutionary idea – how were people supposed to study? It’s a good question. While there’s a theoretical concern about taking student participation in their own hands, it has brought an immense amount of value to online learning.
Instagram, on the other hand, is vital for teaching because photos make students more attentive. “Students see what you’re looking at, when you learn, how you learn, and if a pattern shows up. It can be very motivating for a learner. It’s a great way to break down learning content into specifics,” says Papageorgiou.
Instagram allows schools to engage directly with their students. “It’s the real world” is a quality point that certainly can’t be taken for granted. It shows your audience how passionate you are about your company or educational institution and your level of professionalism.
Particularly in today’s fast-paced world, you simply can’t afford to be all business. Even a marketing firm cannot close the deal without being in contact with its clients. You can’t afford to be apart from customers. You can’t afford to be separated from your customers on a social media platform. Online learning helps to bridge the gap between you and your customers by utilizing their favorite channels, and then eventually, giving them instant feedback. When your students can’t help but participate in the process, what could possibly be wrong with that?