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New Trends in Education and Learning - Online Learning

Like its name suggests, online learning involves learning via the Internet. A highly popular alternative to the traditional on-the-ground learning, online learning allows the learner to attend courses, take tests/exams, and communicate and interact with educators, businesses and other learners via the Internet. Though it was initially disapproved by the majority of the world-renowned academic institutions, online learning has eventually been embraced by most schools and universities. However, it is still predominantly offered alongside on-ground courses.

What is Online Learning?

As mentioned above, online learning refers to a method of delivering knowledge/information and training via the Internet rather than face-to-face in the traditional classroom setting. The term itself has a different meaning in different contexts; it can mean a short online course (both accredited and non-accredited) but it can also mean an online equivalent to a full-time study programme. In either case, however, it is virtually the same as its on-the-ground counterpart with the difference that it takes place online.

Advantages of Online Learning

Online learning offers a host of advantages over the traditional learning. Some of the top ones include:

Disadvantages of Online Learning

The most commonly cited disadvantages of online learning include: