In the current unprecedented pandemic of Covid-19 and indeed even before, many people have been looking at the possibilities of the virtual learning world with increased fervour. Students looking to fit study around a busy schedule have found that there are many benefits to the virtual learning experience that just can’t be found in the traditional classroom setting. Read on to explore just a few reasons why you want to get involved:
A more tailored experience
Have you ever sat through a course and felt that none of the information received was actually applicable to you? With virtual training, the types of subject matter can be tailored to the specific needs of learners. This means that the course is relevant, teaching new skills and your valuable time is saved. There is also capacity for collaborative training sessions allowing learners to ask questions in a real-time environment and have the feedback and help of the other learners.
Decreased travel times and costs
Let’s face it, if you’re looking at online training it’s highly likely that your time is a valuable commodity. The majority of learners exploring the world of online learning already have commitments to work around, such as their job and family. Traditional courses require travel to and from the venue and can even require an overnight hotel stay, which provides an added expense. Learners in traditional classroom settings also incur the cost of meals and pay increased course costs due to venue hires etc. Online learning means you don’t need to be away from productive working for extended periods, or outlay additional costs. Virtual training, unlike classroom training, enables instructors and students alike from around the world to connect with far fewer overhead costs than traditional training.
The ability to present the subject matter in different formats actually means that students are more likely to retain the information being presented to them. Virtual learning caters for different learning styles and ensures that learners with any challenges to education are better able to access the assistance they require and learn at the pace they need. For more tricky subject matters, the ability to ask questions and discuss key points is invaluable.
Significantly more flexible
With virtual training, the levels of flexibility are far increased in comparison to a traditional in person classroom setting. Online courses can be completed during short bite-sized sessions which fit better into the working day. In addition, smaller amounts of information can be taught at a time and then immediately implemented by the learner before taking on further knowledge. The flexibility of online courses often means that they can be accessed at any time and any place by anyone who has a device and access to the internet.
Of course, this final reason, may not be a factor forever, but at present, the added incentive of keeping learners safer by avoiding travel and public transport is certainly a win. With the need for social distancing, traditional classrooms/venues are often not able to accommodate the same number of students in one room; with virtual learning, this is not a consideration as learners do not need to leave their workplace or location where they choose to learn.
As you can see it is clear that virtual learning has numerous benefits and number of people deciding to enhance their skillset and upskill via online learning is likely to increase in the coming years.
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