E-learning: How important is it for education and lifelong learning?
E-learning is a distance learning method in which the process is not performed in physical space but through modern technologies, such as the internet and telecommunications. This learning practise may seem very common to us now, but it was not until about 2000 when it began to appear timidly as an option in universities. The Open University of England was one of the first, if not the first, to decide to adopt this practice. Of course, the road had already been paved since the 1980s (perhaps even earlier) when there were already options for distance learning through videotaped lessons or sending the material by mail.
But the internet has revolutionized the field of education, as we now have at our disposal a variety of applications and ways of connecting, which builds a communication infrastructure necessary for this type of learning. The e-learning process consists of two main categories of systems: Modern education, in which there is a simultaneous presence of students and instructors, the lesson is done in real-time, through applications and networks, where it essentially provides the ability to conference by phone or camera.
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The second, and now more widespread, the category is asynchronous education, which does not require the simultaneous presence of trainees and trainers. There is usually a set time frame with deadlines, within which students have the flexibility to complete some parts of the program (assignments, presentations, tests, research).
E-learning is undoubtedly considered the most technologically advanced method of distance learning. Many try to equate it with traditional methods of teaching and education. However, these attempts are useless, as each practice has its own advantages and disadvantages. E-learning is now a precious learning tool, but it has some special features that should be taken into account by both the instructors who design the content of a program and the learners who choose to participate in it. Let's explore some of the most exciting features of e-learning:
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