Online Education

by V.A.Ponmelil (All rights reserved by the author)

Online Education is a flexible learning through educational web sites such as those offering learning scenarios, worksheets and interactive exercises.

There are many technologies used in online education and some of them are given below.

  • Screen Casts
  • Palm Pilots
  • Mp3 Players
  • Hypermedia
  • Multimedia CD-roms
  • Web sites
  • Discussion Boards
  • Collaborative Software
  • E-mail
  • Blogs
  • Wikis
  • Text Chat
  • Computer Aided Assessment
  • Educational Animation
  • Simulations
  • Games
  • Learning Management Software
  • Forums
  • FAQ
  • Web Conferencing

Advantages of Online Education

  • Reduces time for training
  • Reduces the training cost
  • Increases time and productivity on the job
  • Increases business skill sets
  • Provides unlimited scheduling alternatives
  • Defines career paths
  • Offers multiple learning tools
  • Provides flexibility
  • Provides at the convenience of the users
  • Helps learning at own pace
  • Provides greater adaptability to learner's needs
  • Helps to communicate with other co-learners
  • Offers variety of learning experiences
  • Uses multimedia and non-verbal presentation
  • Provides video and audio learning tools

The only one major disadvantage of online education is that it lacks face to face interactions with the teacher.

 

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