The advent of the Internet has transformed nearly every aspect of our lives, and education is no different. The convenience of the world wide web has overpowered and to a large extent, solved, the limitations of traditional tuitions and coaching classes, making education infinitely more accessible. Cue the sweeping rise of e-learning across the globe.
While the preference for practical-learning-based and visual-content-led online tuition classes had been inching forward already, the pandemic has led to an acceleration in both demand and supply. Confined within the four walls of their houses, students and their parents began to seek virtual sources of acquiring new skills and building their knowledge. Schools have shifted base to online classes and coaching is no longer limited to the walls of a center. Universities around the world have casted their courses to the realm of the Internet, allowing students from every nook and corner of the globe to study their material. Suffice it to say, e-learning is here to stay.
But as is the case with every emerging technology, the area of e-learning continues to be riddled with certain misconceptions and myths. In this Lido blog, we’ve set out to clarify some of these falsehoods surrounding the idea of learning online.
1. There’s no interaction with the teacher or peers
One of the most widespread misconceptions towards e-learning is that it’s impersonal and doesn’t offer any opportunities for the students to interact with their teacher or their peers. Well, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Taking examples from Lido, we have instituted features like instant messaging and break-out rooms, which help students with raising doubts, collaborating with their batchmates, and engaging in discussions. Since we focus on creating small batches with a maximum of 6 students, it’s easier for each student to have a say and put their points forward confidently. Furthermore, since online tuition classes have a wide variety of students, they offer the chance to network with different kinds of people. Most projects are based on collaboration and discussions with your peers, which leads to plenty of social interaction.
2. E-learning is an expensive luxury only a few can afford
Ed-tech platforms around the world are progressively working towards making e-learning both affordable and accessible. The overall expense of learning online is often less than offline education as there are no travel costs or additional expenses like event fees, club enrollment charges etc. At Lido, students get free-of-cost access to a plethora of exciting seminars, leadership sessions, and expert talks, which ordinarily you’d have to pay a high price to attend.
The ROI is both greater and faster, since tech interventions in the case of online tuition classes make regular progress tracking possible. Which means, you don’t need to wait till the end of the course to resolve your concerns, course corrections can be readily available! Platforms like Lido also offer an array of packages that you can choose from and customize according to your needs, as opposed to the one-course option available in traditional education. The only requirements in e-learning are a device and an active internet connection.
3. E-learning is a one-size-fits-all approach to learning
It’s not difficult to see where this myth stems from. Since online education is mostly viewed as impersonal and lacking interaction, it’s only natural to assume that students do not receive any personal attention. But in reality, it’s offline tuition and traditional coaching classes that adopt a one-size-fits-all approach to learning, mostly due to the sheer number of students in one class. E-learning classrooms have fewer students, and thus offer more scope for each student to receive instructions in a way best-suited to their learning needs. Students can pose their questions to the tutor during the class, request for a post-class meeting or even submit them in writing, which ensures no student’s queries remain unanswered.
4. Students have to self-learn the material
In online tuition classes, teachers explain the concepts just as clearly, as they would in your traditional coaching center. To top it off, e-learning platforms make use of practical projects, real-time quizzes and fun assignments that ensure deep understanding of the subject matter. There are groups or forums where students can get their queries resolved, and they have constant access to a variety of learning materials which makes revision of the topic remarkably convenient. At Lido, particularly, personalized attention from the tutors supports student learning and understanding every step of the way. There’s a focus on social learning, not self-learning.
5. Online learning is all lecture, and hence, monotonous
At Lido, didactic or one-sided lectures are just one of the several mediums used to explain concepts. And these lectures are infused with chances to answer questions, interact, and discuss ideas. On the other hand, offline tuitions with a large set of students are mostly based on tutor lectures. Again, the large number of students in traditional tuition classes has a significant role to play. Online learning is considerably more dynamic. Methodologically it offers more variations, like assignments, projects, discussions, quizzes, and surveys. The learning material comes in various formats, including videos, animations and graphical data, as opposed to the paragraphs of text frequently found in traditional offline learning.
6. E-learning doesn’t build other life skills like offline classes do
Online learning puts emphasis on practically the same life skills and values as an offline tuition class. In fact, with the inclusion of technology, it becomes far easier to encourage and ensure the adoption of life values like punctuality, discipline, cooperation and hard work. Lido is also keen on broadening the extra-curricular scope offered to students. For instance, we host a gamut of events, sessions and leadership talks through the 2 days of the weekend.
7. Technology and the Internet distract students
In e-learning, technology is the friend that helps you learn better, not the enemy who distracts you. Online learning platforms employ several means to keep the students engaged throughout classes, along with many checks that prevent them from opening other tabs, watching videos, accessing social media etc. The curriculum at Lido, for instance, is visually-rich and highly engaging, which actually broadens the students’ attention span. Moreover, since we focus on small batches of 6 members or less, students cannot stay distracted without the tutor realizing and steering their attention back to class! Also, distractions are an inevitable part of learning as a student, but by using technology to their advantage, e-learning platforms like Lido manage these distractions for the students to a large extent!
8. Parents can’t keep track of their children’s progress online
In contrast to this belief, online learning platforms like Lido offer more comprehensive progress tracking features to parents. In traditional tuition classes, monthly or quarterly PTMs are the only time parents and teachers interact with each other to discuss the students’ learning journey. On the other hand, we at Lido offer consistent real-time tracking for the parents. We also have an easy-to-use Super Parent app, which makes the process of keeping tabs on your child’s progress, assignment scores, homework and tutor feedback, all the more convenient. The Lido Connect chat functionality gives parents the liberty to connect with their child’s tutor and get an update whenever they wish to!
9. Online tutors don’t need to take accountability
Lido begs to differ! First of all, every tutor we hire goes through multiple rounds of screening including written tests, interviews and discussions. What’s more is that we use AI to map the progress of every tutor, to that of each student in their class. This means that if the students in a tutor’s class aren’t doing well, it’s impossible for the tutor to further their career at Lido. We’ve also built multiple channels to facilitate interaction between the tutors, the parents, and the students!
10. You must be a tech whizz to learn online
The only tech knowledge you need to be able to study online effectively is to switch on your device, access the Internet, and open the platform’s URL. It doesn’t involve any other technical skill. In fact, e-learning platforms continue to work towards making the education process more seamless for both the student and the parents by instituting easy, visual features and simplified processes.
To sum it up, online learning is, in a lot of different ways, more effective than traditional tuition classes for deeper learning. While it’s easy to see where such a long list of misconceptions comes from, most of them can be clarified in a jiffy, as we have tried to do in this Lido blog!