The education sector is one that seems to always be evolving and expanding. Historically, education was all about the traditional learning and teaching methods: sitting in a classroom, taking tests at set times in set locations, and having study spaces that were aimed at providing adequate focusing room for all students. As time has moved us on, however, and we have moved more towards an active centring around all things technology and digitalisation, traditional education has become less relevant for all students.
This is not to say that traditional education no longer serves a function at all. That is not true, nor is it ever likely to be. What this means is that we are now living in an environment that is more technologically-capable than ever. The result of this reality is that most – if not all – industries have had to, or are in the process of having to, re-evaluate their standing and reorganise their structures and methods. Traditional education will always have its place; after all, it has survived many generations for a reason. But the development and further implementation of online education seeks to make the entire education sector stronger. And it has. It will continue to do so.
Online education is consistently making its way further and further into the sector, and there is not much to be surprised about with this fact. From learning English online in accordance with one’s personal schedules and even completing the entirety of a degree, online platforms offer many opportunities to learn new skills or enhance existing ones.There are three big reasons that online education continues, even now, to prove itself as a force of academic nature in motion.
Online education is, more than anything else, convenient. Students who study traditionally are often put in the position of having to adhere to quite strict time constraints. These time constraints include anything from lecture note taking, tutorial configuration, and assessment completion (including both assignments and examinations). Online education allows students to have the freedom that comes with being able to more proactively choose when exactly they study.
Online learning continues to expand because the enrolments continue to rise. The reason for the continued interest is quite simple: the flexibility. Online education is as flexible as it is convenient. Traditional education demands that students go to class at specific times – no exceptions, study during specific periods, and complete assessment grades in specific rooms. Online education takes all those aspects of academic excellence and packages them in a flexible little box of being able to choose when, if, and how students study.
Traditional education models literally have no room for personalisation. Students are expected to sit in the same classroom, take the exact same tests, write assignments to the same topics, and learn at the same pace. This mindset is simply not possible for all learners to be able to excel at, and online education gives students the chance to take their learning at their own pace, rather than struggling to keep up with the students who learn differently and subsequently ending up with gaps in the information they do obtain.