Online Education

The Development of Online Learning

By.Mr. Teacher

Online Education Programs

Online Education Programs

For traditional and nontraditional students, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, and even more specialized technical training, the internet and online learning offers many new opportunities for students of all kinds. Some universities have over 100,000 students.

Online college education is especially useful for nontraditional students. Many students returning to college at an older age must juggle a full time job and family as well as their education. Many students also enjoy the freedom an online education provides in their choice of location. An online college education is also particularly useful for graduate students in earning master’s or doctorate degrees. For students who have already incurred student loan debt and need to work full time jobs, an online education provides the flexibility they need to be able to earn a degree as they work full time.

Online education also provides post-graduate students with an opportunity to remain in the same location while receiving their degree. Many times it is a struggle to find a university that offers the advanced degree a student seeks within the student’s area. Earning a degree online eliminates this problem.

Online education is the latest trend in alternative education choices. Also known as distance learning, options in online education are being pursued by people from all over the world who are looking to further their education.

How Does Online Education Work?

Most schools outsource their internet education duties to companies that specialize in hosting distance learning classes. Online education is a very worthwhile trend in the evolution of education in our world and it is conceivable that sometime in the future nearly all official education will take place online. Before you commit to any online education program, do your homework and make sure that the school is accredited.

In another article I discuss some of the Many Challenges of Online Learning. As I believe in the dictum, “Let he who has the heart to criticise have the heart to help”, this time I thought I’d unfold what I believe are the components of an Internet/intranet Online Learning System (OLS). Methods of online learning (OLL) have been used for at least 20 years. My model identifies five distinct phases that are: preparation –enrolment – delivery – assessment/reporting – evaluation. Stakeholders in this model are clients who become participants, administrators including IT, accounting, and general administration staff, and training staff.

The first phase requires development of curricula, marketing, instructional, and other materials, and system design and development. Central to the stage are mechanisms for clients to enquire about courses being offered. Phase two occurs when prospective clients, having read what you have to offer, decide to purchase your program (or perhaps enroll if in an industry training environment). Once the credit card transaction is authorized, an email message is sent to your client advising of password and access details to the program purchased. Having read the course information advising them how wonderful your programs are, paying the bill, and getting ready to start work, your clients – now participants – need to access their course notes, email, discussion groups and whatever without having to stretch their technical ability, patience or budget any further.

In the last phase, results are received either automatically from online assessment programs, or from instructional staffs. Look for my article “Online Learning and the Australian Railway Blunder” covering some of the most relevant standards.

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