What is Online Learning?
Have you ever wondered what online education entails? In South Africa, online learning has become quite popular amongst the working class as it allows you to learn a new skill set and still work a nine to five job. Whatsmore, online learning is also accessible almost anywhere. All you need is an internet connection.

Online learning involves enrolling in a course on the internet and learning through online videos and assignments. Online education has grown popular over the last couple of years, as it allows students to study at home and in their own time.

With this sudden shift away from the classroom in many parts of the globe, some wonder whether the adoption of online learning will continue to persist post-pandemic and how such a shift would impact the worldwide education market.

The Advantages of Online Learning:

  • Online learning is convenient.
  • It is more affordable to study online courses.
  • You can study from anywhere in the world, as long as you have a stable internet connection.
  • You can earn while you learn—no need to quit your job to further your studies.
  • It saves you time and money—no need to commute or spend extra money travelling to a campus.

You can study at your own pace.

What Does This Mean for the Future of Learning?

While some believe that the unplanned and rapid move to online learning will result in a poor user experience that is unconducive to sustained growth, others believe that a new hybrid model of education will emerge, with significant benefits.

The Challenges of Online Learning

There are, however, challenges to overcome. Some students without reliable internet access and/or technology struggle to participate in digital learning; this gap is seen between countries and between countries’ income brackets.

Is Learning Online as Effective?

For those who do have access to the right technology, there is evidence that learning online can be more effective in several ways. Some research shows that students retain 25-60% more material when learning online than only 8-10% in a classroom. This is primarily because the students learn faster online; e-learning requires 40-60% less time than in a traditional classroom. Students can learn at their own pace, going back and re-reading, skipping, or accelerating through concepts as they choose.

What has been made clear through this pandemic is the importance of disseminating knowledge across borders, companies, and all parts of society. If online learning technology can play a role here, it is incumbent upon all of us to explore its full potential.

Choose the right online course for your goals, lifestyle, and budget.
Take advantage of the ability to access world-class learning anytime, anywhere, while maintaining work, family, and other commitments. Below you can browse through a few of our courses.

Author: SAC Online

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