How Tech Is Saving School Through eLearning (infographic)

Distance learning has become increasingly pertinent to educators and popular with students. Many organizations already offer mobile learning with almost 100% of educators saying that they see interactive video as indispensable to their future curriculums. Teachers are frequently interested in integrating more augmented and virtual reality video into the classroom, and there has never been a better time than now.

Students find that when learning inside a virtual classroom there are fewer distractions and are more engaged. They also find the flexibility of distance learning convenient being able to work with their busy schedules. The outlook has optimism high with a predicted $300 billion market for eLearning by 2025. Further, the Coronavirus has thrown a curveball to traditional education, instigating an unprecedented jump towards online learning.

Aside from all the great benefits of eLearning, predictive analytics is thought by most educators to be the game-changer. With large data banks available, institutions can determine what content has maximized levels of engagement and effectiveness. Artificial Intelligence has been integral in creating customized learning experiences for multiple learning types, and aids in the design of learning programs that increase training efficiency.

eLearning is notably favored by college students stating that the adaptability to their schedule and ease of balancing school and work is what they find attractive. A majority of students believe that online education helps with soft skills such as critical thinking, time management, attention to detail, writing skills, and teamwork. Another great perk for students is that they can learn five times more material per hour as compared to conventional methods.

This makes up one of the top reasons, a quicker path to a degree, college students choose online programs. The biggest reason by far is affordability, with 60% of undergraduates and even 46% of graduates, citing that as a motivation to learn online. Other considerations were the reputation of the university and the quality of the faculty.

However, an inconceivable advocate for eLearning has propelled efforts to integrate long-distance learning. The pandemic caused by the Coronavirus has instigated worldwide school closures. Educators are now tirelessly working to continue teaching online. As of early March more than 862 million students had to leave their schools to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

eLearning has afforded schools the ability to be more flexible and resilient. And now teachers can expand the use of online learning tools. However, there is a lack of sufficient infrastructure, with nearly 18% of school-age children without access to the internet from home. Worse yet, a whopping 44% of low-income households don’t even own a computer.

On the bright side Spectrum and Comcast are offering free access to affected students. Brighter yet still, computers may not be a necessity. 56% of online learners used a smartphone or tablet for coursework. And 71% of low-income households owned at least a smartphone.1

In the face of a global crisis there isn’t a scarcity of eLearning platforms and tools for us to choose from. Here’s how to find the best online learning options for you. Do your research by looking at
  • Online reviews
  • Program completion rates
  • Ask about others’ experiences
  • Review what credits are transferable and to where
In the U.S. a regional accreditation from 1 of 7 organizations signifies a higher standard than national accreditation.

Don’t forget to take advantage of free access to eLearning platforms. Jove, a virtual science bent learning platform, has opened its stem video library to the public. BrainPop offers interactive lessons featuring English, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Scholastic also has daily courses for pre-K through 6th grade. Whatever the challenge, eLearning seems to be the future for education, and the future is now.

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