Education has been under numerous changes throughout the years as a result of social and economic reforms. As a kid, you start learning by playing and exploring what’s around you. After a few years, you’re going to school and have rules and systems to follow, so you acquire the skills needed to be an adult. But growing up, you discover you need more than what you’ve learned in school to develop as an individual and have more opportunities for better jobs.
Luckily, online education has evolved so much that it’s easy to learn a new language or technical skill. Online courses have become certified; therefore, you can prove that you’ve gained the necessary information to change your work field. There’s nothing you can’t achieve with online education. Therefore, if you’re curious about how it can help you, here are the newest online trends in education.
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Now you can learn anything you want based on your personal preferences. By choosing your courses, pace and instructors, you’re making your educational path easier to go through. Even if you choose an online tutor or just normal courses, you’ll be able to adapt faster to the learning process and create specific goals to achieve.
For example, if you want to study a new language, you have plenty of sources that can help you customise your experience. Apps have been developed to cover all the learning types to help people better understand foreign languages. Here are some examples:
- For visual learners, apps linked words to photos or videos;
- For auditory learners, you will find the pronunciation of the word given in the same apps. Moreover, if you want to hear how natives sound in that foreign language, the internet is full of videos from their day-to-day lives;
- Reading/writing learners have the support of quizzes and written exercises;
- As for kinaesthetic learners, you can study at a local cultural centre and be more engaged in the cultural history linked to that language;
One of the most convenient sides of online education is its cost-effectiveness. If you want to learn something new or deepen your studies, you’ll easily find affordable online lessons that you can take anywhere, anytime. For example, suppose you need help in chemistry classes but don’t seem to understand difficult concepts independently. In that case, an online tutor can adapt his teaching methods to your learning style and provide more interesting materials and sources. Besides the low-costs, sometimes you’ll be given discount opportunities if you’re a regular student (sometimes you might get a cut during the holidays too or on your birthday).
Other few costs are cut down, for example, transport (which usually takes up to a few hours a day and might be expensive) and online materials that you don’t have to print anymore. This goes both ways for students and teachers (and helps them have more time to deliver quality education at lower costs).
The gamification term refers to the process of using gaming designs in the learning environment. This approach is included in the schooling systems due to the increase of people interested in video games worldwide. The gaming industry has become more complex with technical innovations. The market has expanded so much that you can compete in an Esport tournament and challenge people around the globe.
But games are not only for fun anymore. Now you can play games and learn at the same time through special programs that aim to increase engagement, cognitive abilities and the motivation to learn. One of the easiest ways to implement games in the classroom is to use apps like Kahoot, which is used mostly for quizzes. Game-based learning is the perfect combination of fun and studying through its interactive approach.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a technology that resembles human intelligence. The goals of AI include learning, reasoning and perception, and they’ve already been used in the finance and healthcare industries. There are two types of AI systems:
- Weak AI (made to carry out one single task, and it’s part of video games or personal assistants like the Siri technology from Apple)
- Strong AI (made for complex tasks that require problem-solving systems. You can find it in self-driving cars or hospital operating rooms)
These systems are already implemented in education. For example, an AI chatbot was made to help students and teachers by being a 24/7 online support. The robot can answer students’ questions and give feedback based on a customizable knowledge base. How can this technology help the education system? It’s fast and convenient. At the same time, students can quickly solve their problems and teachers can enjoy more free time while ensuring that students are given the right help.
A great help for parents worldwide, home-schooling is becoming more and more approachable for every family. The advantages of teaching your kids at home will make you think twice about enrolling them in school: it’s cheaper, you can personalise the learning process, and you have the support of the entire internet. Besides that, home-schooling provides:
- A safe environment (to avoid bullying and other dangerous situations)
- One-to-one attention (contributes to better focus on the student’s needs)
- Location benefits (no need to take public transportation or drive to school; saves money and time)
If you worry about the lack of socialisation with other kids, there’s a solution for that, too: online learning communities contribute to diversity through world wide opportunities. At the same time, home-schooling offers more time to spare, leading to extracurricular classes for swimming or learning an instrument where there’s a stronger bond between students.
To conclude, learning has developed to be more than a chore. It’s become something you can emerge into and make it a fun experience that will help you with long-term education because studying doesn’t end at graduation. The only way to adapt to the world you live in and fully explore your potential is to constantly learn new things, and now it’s become more accessible and convenient than ever.