Students of today are much different than previous generations. They are digital natives with the ability to utilize technology in unprecedented ways. Their minds think and learn differently, so it is crucial that educational techniques deliver information in innovative ways. Online learning is the answer, and the impact goes far beyond just the student body. Parents, teachers, and schools will all benefit as society embraces technology and online learning takes center stage.
Benefits to Students
Integrating online learning in the classroom utilizes videos, activities, discussion boards, and more to provide an active learning experience. From an educational viewpoint, this enhances student’s ability to critically think and engage with material, in turn reducing the time necessary to learn new skills and information. Students will also have access to information in and out of the classroom, allowing them to view grades and utilize additional resources.
Additionally, a collaborative environment is also encouraged with online learning, providing students and teachers the opportunity to exchange ideas freely through blogs, chats, message boards, and more.
Benefits to Parents
With online learning, parents become a part of the classroom experience by gaining access to course curriculum, as well as their child’s progress reports and grades. This promotes parent engagement in their child’s education.
In traditional learning there is often a barrier between parents and teachers which can lead to miscommunication regarding the expectations of students. E-Learning eliminates this by allowing parents and teachers to communicate in real-time through an easy-to-use online platform.
Benefits to Teachers
The role of teachers in a blended learning environment is no different than the traditional classroom setting, except the channels by which the curriculum is delivered like videos, wikis, blogs, discussion boards, and more. With interactive learning, teachers will see a more engaged group of students, and will have data to better gauge what students know in order to tailor learning around the unique needs of each classroom and individual students. E-Learning also enhances the efficiency of curriculums by maintaining lessons in one centralized location.