"Good teaching is good teaching, no matter how it's done." The old adage still rings true, and online learning brings with it new dimensions and possibilities in education. Online learning is the delivery of individualised, comprehensive, dynamic learning content in real time, aiding the development of communities of knowledge, linking learners and practitioners with experts. Some of the unique features of online learning are listed below.
Learning is self-paced and gives students a chance to speed up or slow down as necessary.
Learning is self-directed, allowing students to choose content and tools appropriate to their differing interests, needs, and skill levels.
It is designed around the learner making it an effective method to reach learners.
Geographical barriers are eliminated, opening up broader education options. 24/7 accessibility makes it easier for you to schedule your learning.
On-demand access means learning can happen precisely when needed.
Travel time and associated costs (parking, fuel, vehicle maintenance) are reduced or eliminated.
Overall student costs are frequently less (tuition, residence, food, child care).
Fosters greater student interaction and collaboration than traditional eLearning.
Fosters greater student/mentor contact than traditional eLearning.
Enhances computer and Internet skills.
Draws upon hundreds of years of established pedagogical principles.