Name:Abraham Goodness Olapade|
Institution:Federal polytechnic Nasarawa
Dept:Chemical Engineering Technology
In this digital era, the education sector is undergoing a
massive transformation. Students and universities across
the world are not relying on the age-old, uni-dimensional,
chalk and board methods of learning anymore. Instead,
they have started to embrace a variety of online tools in
order to facilitate, simplify and contextualize the entire
learning process like bringing in e-learning in higher
Not only students and trainees use e-learning. Today, even
primary school children have smartphones, which means
that electronic learning begins with our little ones. In the
meantime, e-learningofferings have progressed so far that
learners feel almost like they are in the classroom. We will
explain what e-learning means and give you an overview of
the advantages and disadvantages.
That’s what e-learning means
E-Learning is the abbreviation for “Electronic Learning“. It
means electronic or self-determined learning. E-learning
includes all types of learning that use electronic and digital
media for all forms of learning materials. In addition, they
often include platforms on which teachers and learners can
communicate with each other online. This is often done
through chats or message boards. For example, if a course
is broadcast live, it is called a webinar.
Advantages of E-learning to Physical Learning
1. It’s cheaper: Your users can learn with any device that is
connected to the Internet. There’s no need to rent a
building or pay for expensive utility bills that are required to
provide students with a learning facility. In addition,
students and teachers will no longer commute to class,
thereby saving them money as well!
2. It takes less time: Not only does eliminating the need to
commute save money, but it also saves everyone time.
Moreover, the teacher or trainer doesn’t need to give the
same class repeatedly to different groups of students. He
or she only needs to prepare the content once and then
share it with different groups at anytime necessary.
3. It allows for self-paced learning:Students or trainees can
take courses from their own devices anytime and
anywhere. So, those who don’t have time for traditional
classes can learn online when they have the time.
4. It’s modern: Most people today prefer to consume
content using the Internet. The very fact that you are
reading this article online is proof of that! We now use the
Internet to read the news, watch our favorite TV shows,
chat with friends, book appointments, shop, and so much
more. Considering all of the convenience the Internet has
added to our daily lives, why should education remain
strictly traditional instead of utilizing the advantages
provided by the Internet?
Combining education with work or other activities can be
often challenging for many. One of the factors that has
brought so much appeal to learning methods influenced by
technology is the mobility involved.
**Fuller,C.,2009,Advantages and disadvantages of E-learning