The most efficient way to learn has always been to sit in front of a teacher and listen. This would have been a statement made 20 years ago and nobody would have blinked.
Times are a changing.
Today there are so many different ways you can learn. None more popular than learning through the power of your PC (or your Mac!). This method of learning has continually increased since the turn of the century. Can you believe that 32% of people enrolled in higher ed are now doing it online (2013 source). That’s 6.7 million people! And it’s only growing.
With the power of computers only increasing and the connectivity of the internet only getting better this will only get higher. It’s a win win for both parties. The educator and the learner.
It’s not just higher ed that has come along leaps and bounds since the introduction of computer programs. It starts all the way from the bottom. There are countless children’s programs. They are starting young and at no time in history has information been at our finger tips.
Here are some of the advantages of learning using a computer program.
It’s generally cheaper – Without the need for a full time teacher and classrooms, costs drop considerably. These cost savings are passed on directly to the consumer with a cheaper product
You can do it anywhere – As long as you have an internet connection you can learn from anywhere. Sit on a beach in Thailand and learn a language!
Time saving – No longer do you need to drive into school. Just jump across to your laptop and get going. It’s a lot more comfortable and you can learn trigonometry while wearing your pjs.
Variety – There are just so many options now. Before you were limited to what the local college offered. Now you have unlimited options from all over the world.
Less distractions – No college pub to distract you from studying.
Part Time – It’s far easier to complete a course online or with a computer program than in a structured environment live a college.
Stay tuned for our next post about Learning Languages online.