eLearning | In the Midnight Hour

eLearning, Education 2.0While I could plead the case for online learning from multiple angles, there is one that I haven’t yet found mentioned in an article, blog post or tweet. Anyone who has ever struggled to understand a concept with an approaching deadline (i.e. assessment, project due date) cannot adequately express the gut wrenching anxiety and frustration with which it is accompanied. The feeling of helplessness is overwhelming, I assure you. One unfaltering feature of a strong online course is its 24/7 availability. The basic quality of accessibility alone can minimize if not eliminate such trepidations. Of course, the material has to offer what traditional notes cannot:

 

  • Supplementary notes
  • Practice assessments
  • Samples of applications
  • Numerous examples
  • Videos
  • Audio
  • eMail
  • Diagrams, graphs, charts, drawings, and other such visualizations
  • Options for dialogue with other members as well as instructors
  • Discussion boards
  • Links to useful resources

These just begin to skim the surface of the possibilities and opportunities that exist to assist students around the clock. There is never enough time to cover the curriculum, enrich the content, differentiate instruction, and offer extra assistance to ensure that each student received the best education possible in the traditional setting. Using a Learning Management System (LMS) to enrich, enhance and support the existing methods and procedures gives each individual control of his or her own pace and desired depth of knowledge. It offers each learner time, and that is priceless.

 

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