Technology is growing at an alarming rate.
Did you know?
The Global eLearning Market is expected to reach a staggering value of $275.10 billion by 2022 from only $165.21 billion in 2015. According to Reuters, that is a yearly growth of 7.5%!
If you need a comparison, the Global eLearning Market is worth almost as much as New Zealand’s GDP (nominal) in 2015!
The key factors that attributes to this growth are flexibility in learning, low cost, easy accessibility and increased effectiveness by animated learning. Moreover, escalation in number of internet users and growing access to broadband along with mobile smartphones are also fuelling the market growth.
With concerns about the safety and effectiveness of e-learning, we are here address those concerns and hopefully get you to join in the e-learning bandwagon!
Here are a few tips to help you get over that anxiety:
Do your research
“We do not fear the unknown, we fear what we think we know about the unknown” – Teal Swan
A few years ago, I went backpacking across Eastern Europe. But just months before that, the idea of travelling in that region terrified me as I was fed with stories of pickpocketing, tourist scams and kidnapping.
Being the skeptic I am, I decided to Google about those countries. To my surprise, I found thousands of gorgeous photos and beautiful stories that drowned out my fears. Eastern Europe is not only scenic, it is also super affordable! Within minutes, I booked my flight out.
Unfortunately, e-learning shares many similar negative sentiments. Many people have concerns that e-learning is not as effective as traditional classrooms and deemed it a waste of money. Some even think that it is a front used to scam people! Yikes!
Stay with me, I wish to put those worries to rest. E-learning IS a great way to learn for all ages. All it takes is a bit of research to overcome your worries!
Here are some articles to validate e-learning:
This research by Will Thalheimer from Work Learning Research Inc. suggests that the learning effectiveness of e-learning and traditional classrooms are equal. Instead, what matters more is the learning method involved.
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Reach out to friends & family who are familiar with e-learning
Great! Now that you have done some research, you can move onto the next stage – reaching out to friends and family.
It is a great way to answer the many questions or overcome the initial anxiety. Success stories from someone you trust will also give you the confidence to try something new! Do ask about their experiences as well as the kind of e-learning platforms that they use. Your children can benefit from the same e-learning experience as they do!
Take the first step
The first step you can take is the willingness to give e-learning a try. At this point, you are already equipped with the knowledge you need on e-learning and some of your friends have assured you that it is safe.
If you have scrolled through Youtube tutorial videos and found it easy to learn, you would be pleased to know that e-learning provides a similar experience. Perhaps before getting your kids to try live tuition classes online, why not take the first step by trying courses on sites like Udemy for yourself?
Believe it or not, I have purchased over 10 courses on Udemy to help me with my work and I have not regretted a single one. At anytime, I can view and replay the video lessons making it incredibly convenient! teachnlearn provides the same replay function for all the live classes that your child takes on our platform, which will be great for revision.
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Unlike traditional classrooms, e-learning gives you the flexibility to organise your own time. Personally, I prefer studying at night, but if I were to go for regular classes, that would not be possible. The effectiveness of e-learning’s largely depends on one’s own initiative and consistency, which can be a disadvantage if one is not motivated.
“It takes 10,000 hours to master a skill” – Malcolm Gladwell
I am not asking you to sit through 10,000 hours of classes, although that would guarantee you master a skill. Similar to traditional classroom, anything you learn requires repetition for retention or usefulness. So, if you think that e-learning is an easy solution to mastering a subject and skill, you will be disappointed. Success only comes through discipline, repetition and hard work.