The following article has been inspired by the thoughts of Mr. Mayank Srivastava. He is the Founder of Experts’ Global, one of the world’s leading EdTech firms in the field of GMAT prep and MBA admission consulting.
There are some things that the traditional education institute is still best suited to teach, here e-learning can only ever be an aid. However, in contexts where the purpose of education is to master a specific skill set e-learning pulls out ahead.
In situations such as, learning a programming language or preparing for a competitive exam, students find that e-learning has a number of advantages that traditional learning does not match.
These are still the early days of e-learning but it should not come as a surprise if the near future found e-learning platforms surpassing traditional education systems. Here are some of the advantages that they offer.
No two students are exactly alike. Each one has their own learning capacity and speed. E-learning platforms let students study at a speed that is comfortable for them.
No matter how much attention an educator tries to give, to the student, a traditional classroom setup cannot promise such freedom to a student.
Good e-learning options can split the lessons in an increasing order of difficulty and speed, and offer additional conceptual or practice material to students who need it.
Greater Time Efficiency
The clearest advantage of e-learning platforms is that they let the student study from their own setup, rather than traveling to a class. This saves the students a lot of time on commuting and preparing for classes. This time can be reinvested into additional study and practice.
By necessity, traditional educational systems offer learning sessions on an inflexible schedule. With e-learning systems, the students can study at any time of the day or night and go through the learning sessions as many times as they need. This flexibility is especially useful for working professional, who often struggle to find time to study.
Economy in Application
E-learning systems need a great deal of investment, but only in the development of the educational literature and technology piece.
Once the product is ready, e-learning systems require much less effort to run than traditional learning systems. In traditional learning systems, fresh effort and resources must be applied to each and every learning session.
With e-learning systems; educators can take their knowledge to the whole world, via the internet. In this, they offer the educators a truly endless opportunity to scale up.
This is something that has proven quite attractive to many high potential educators, as they tend to be intelligent people who know how to take advantage of new opportunities. This is very good for e-learning, overall, as the strength of any learning system is the quality of its educators.
The Integration of Artificial Intelligence
With the help of machine learning (a type of artificial intelligence), EdTech tools can identify patterns in the student’s behavior and personalize a learning solution to suit their learning needs.
This concept still needs a lot of work but soon we shall see artificial intelligence solutions applied to EdTech, in a truly massive way. It will serve to make these e-learning platforms better learning resources and better teaching tools!