Understanding Different Types Of Online Education

Understanding Different Types Of Online Education

Students have been fortunate to be living in times where education and learning are a few clicks away.

Online learning has made it possible for people worldwide to learn and educate themselves on whatever they wish to. As per Business Insider, every minute, there are more than 2 Million searches on Google, which means that every minute 2 Million people are searching for something over the internet. The possibilities are endless with the web, and online education opens the door to all those fantastic opportunities.   

Since things are easily accessible now, wanting to learn anything is possible. Online courses play a huge role as they help people across regions learn from different geographies.  

Education experts differentiate online learning into multiple types based on their utility for various learners. The following pointers mention five types of online learning catering to different educational needs of varied learners.  

Self-Education

Some students love to learn things apart from academic. If students are self-motivated, curious and willing, online learning offers them many possibilities to explore their potential. The Internet gives extensive information on skills, education, art, and more. YouTube is a perfect example. People across the globe rely on YouTube content to learn anything and everything. There are various talks, videos, tutorials, guides, and almost every possible thing to learn and upskill.  

Platforms like Khan Academy, Coursera, Udemy offers a collection of courses for learners across all ages. These platforms cover multiple subject areas, related to academics as well as non-academic.  

Students who want to be more knowledgeable and different ace skills can easily use online resources to learn. However, what matters is the authenticity of the resources you refer to. Since the internet offers such amazing things for free, one needs to be careful about the accuracy and reliability of the platforms/resources they refer to. 

Supplemental ELearning 

Looking and hiring tutors for additional help during school is very common. From preschool to higher education, students do look out for supplemental instruction. The conventional hiring tutors method and going to extra tuition classes are slowly getting replaced by online courses. Many platforms offer students help by providing selective online courses in particular subject areas to learn beyond school offerings.  

This supplemental training help students learn beyond the curriculum and help students who struggle with particular subjects and need further assistance and help.  

Online certifications are also available to particular ace subjects beyond the education arena; for instance, we have seen students of secondary school grade with excellent computer knowledge, which is not a part of the school curriculum. These students are curious and hence seek out opportunities to learn from the internet. Supplemental learning can benefit anyone looking to become a subject matter expert or advance their career from the vast offering of online education and skilling.  

Online K–12 Schools 

Online k12 schools may not be prevalent now, but the trend is growing in the education industry. Elementary, middle and high school students can avail themselves of numerous online learning options. Many schools offer full-time online solutions facilitating school education at home. Though there are arguments for this, we think this could change the education game for the students with physical disabilities. Everything that is there in a conventional education model is available in the online model. Be it collaboration, communication, peer engagement, assessments or any other similar future. Online education provides it all with greater efficiency. What matters is that people using that technology should be aware of how they have to utilise these features on both ends.  

Even families who are on the move due to work would benefit from this availability. As a parent, guardian or coach of an online student, you would be amazed how much you learn when involved in a child’s education. 

Online College Courses

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) is a growing trend in the learning generation. Students right after school are willing to explore and experiment for their career options and try their hand at multiple things; MOOCs are the best option. These online classes are offered on a large scale, and students can enrol from anywhere around the globe. These courses are beneficial to students and working professionals as they can advance their career options by updating their knowledge or learning new skills to score better opportunities. Not necessarily, but some of the courses provide a certificate, diploma or degree as well.   

Without the constraints of traditional campus learning, these online courses provide flexibility, ease and self-paced learning that helps learners do multiple things at hand at their convenience. Recognised universities like Harvard also offer MOOCs. Other notable platforms are Udacity, EdX, Udemy.  

Educational Apps

The most common way to experience online learning is through various educational apps. You’ll find an app for anything that you’re looking for. Kids from preschool to adults looking for computer skills will find an app that will help you learn whatever you’re looking for. Apps are common due to their mobility, easy access from smartphones, fun experience, and the options users get. Since smartphones have become an integral part of our lives and are present with us, apps allow for adaptability to users’ lifestyle and can be utilised at one’s convenience.  

These are the different types of online learning that allow learners of all ages to fulfil their learning dreams and goals. In times like these, everything is possible. All you need is the will and a perspective to explore things. Take up a new course and learn that thing you always wanted to. Online learning is the solution to all the challenges you may have faced in your experience before. Unfamiliarity with online learning may bring specific challenges, but you will always find your way with immense help and tutorials available on the web. All you need is the will to START.

About the Author
Author: Priyanka Gupta
Priyanka is a blogger by profession and has an increasing interest to write about the edtech space. While writing she keeps in mind the educators to come up with right resources and ideas which might be relevant for them in relation to effective use of technology in their profession and institutions/classrooms.
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