The Importance of E-Learning

Pete Schauer

Marketing Director

The original education model was fairly straightforward. Students sat in a classroom and were led by an instructor. There was no reason to change this model of learning until the internet happened. As more people had internet in their homes, new possibilities opened up for education. Physically attending class was no longer a necessity, as students could learn by watching videos, reading online material and communicating with peers and instructors via messaging platforms.

Today, e-learning has completely transformed the way students learn. As technology has evolved, students can be “inside” the classroom even if they’re hundreds of miles away. Even for students who can make it to campus, e-learning may still be the preferred way to learn. It’s simpler, easier and more effective because students can learn in a comfortable environment, at their own pace.

Let’s learn more about the importance of e-learning and why it’s relevant to today’s students.

It accommodates everyone’s needs.

Online content gives students the flexibility to consume information in a way that best suits them. Some people prefer to learn by reading and taking notes, while others enjoy visual content and instructional videos.

The fact that this content can be accessed at any time is also beneficial. Aside from personal learning preferences, students often have other responsibilities to take care of. E-learning gives people the freedom to study at night or on weekends.

Lectures can be accessed any number of times.

Unless a student is recording the lecture, they can only listen to it once. This can lead to misunderstandings and misinformation. With e-learning, lectures can be accessed an infinite number of times. This ensures that students get the right information and can prepare accordingly for exams.

Less time is spent learning.

Interestingly, the time required for e-learning is 25%-60% less than what is required in traditional learning. For students whose full-time job isn’t school, this is a major benefit. They can work and take care of other responsibilities while still getting a great education. Some of the reasons why e-learning is more efficient are:

  • Lessons begin quickly and wrap up in one session.

  • Learners can go at their own speed instead of following the group.

  • No travel is involved to get to the classroom.

  • Students can skip certain parts of the lecture and focus on what they want to learn.

Online content is flexible and can be scaled.

Textbooks grow outdated and need to be repurchased. Online content, on the other hand, can be easily updated with new information and ideas. When an update is made, it reaches all students at the same time, so content is consistent and reliable. This ensures that all students receive the same type of training.

E-learning brings a high quality of education into people’s homes where they can work at their own pace. It can be used at all levels, including high school, college and corporate training. It’s no wonder why this style of learning is appreciated by students and learners all over the world!  

 
About the Author: Pete Schauer

Born and raised at the Jersey Shore, Pete Schauer is the Marketing Director at SEMGeeks. He holds a M.A. in Digital Communications from William Paterson University and has 8+ years in the digital space with companies such as Bleacher Report and Social Media Today in addition to SEMGeeks. His background includes creative and professional writing as well as strategic digital marketing communications and management.

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