What Does the Future Hold?

 Online Learning vs. Traditional Learning

Online Learning vs. Traditional Learning: What does the future hold? There are many benefits to be derived from Online Learning, such as flexibility, convenience, affordability, increased confidence and ability to pace yourself. In contrast, Traditional Learning typically involves long hours spent sitting in a classroom, often with a group of other students. It can also be extremely uncomfortable due to cramped spaces, limited distractions and non-continuous attention.

Traditional Learning involves study time dedicated to the individual, usually one on one. You spend that time exploring and thinking. You have little or no time to research other important topics or anything else that will normally come to your mind during this time. Traditional Learning typically offers only one style of learning: the textbook.

The best way to avoid this problem is to allow your students to develop their own independent thought patterns and practice “college” style independent study. Most traditional learning now days is completely dependent upon the teacher providing cues for when you should return to study. When that practice is interrupted, or the lesson is moved, learning takes a back seat to something more important. Students become frustrated and they often lose interest. It can become demoralizing and stressful. You can even begin to dislike your teaching partner, because each student will view the class as his/her own separate assignment.

Today, with the advent of Online Learning, students can learn at their own pace. You determine the pace at which they complete the coursework. You eliminate the need for classroom discussion, group projects and one on one instruction. You, the instructor, allow your students to take the course at their own pace, and you enjoy the added advantage of having more complete, quality content available to review and learn from.

Online learning offers the advantages of allowing you to meet your present day needs, rather than trying to re-invent the wheel in traditional classrooms. You can keep your current curriculum. You can include as many engaging topics that you know your students are interested in and feel will be of value to them. You can easily customize modules and study materials so that they best fit your students needs. Your students can take courses from any computer with an Internet connection, at any time.

Traditional classrooms can become stale. A topic may not be discussed for several years, before being covered again. If that same topic were to be covered again, it may not hold as much interest for students or understand it. With Online Learning, you are allowed to cover any and all topics that you feel are of value to your students.

Online Learning allows you to teach students at a different level of experience. Students that come to your classes do not have the same prior experiences and knowledge that you have already acquired. They come to class because they want to learn a new subject area, and you can teach them all the skills they need to perform on their own. This allows youto spend more time on teaching the material, and less time correcting bad habits, or trying to bring a student back to a previous level.

In the end, you must decide whether you wish to be the traditional classroom teacher, or become part of the growing number of people who are choosing to study online. Both are valid options, and there are benefits to each. If you choose to teach traditional schooling, make sure that your classes are challenging. It is important to stay connected with your students, to help them retain the information you have taught, and to teach them in an entertaining manner. If you teach online, you will be able to use the latest technology to connect with your students through blogs, chat rooms, online forums, email and instant messaging. You may even choose to purchase some of the top online training courses, which will allow you to broaden your knowledge as well as build your career.

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