Web Based Learning
What is web based learning?
Web based learning or e-learning not only allows students and teachers to participate in new types of educational activities, but also makes those activities far more efficient, user-friendly and result oriented as compared to the traditional on-campus education. Web based learning refers to the usage of computers and the internet, along with various other means of technology including mobile phones, etc. for imparting education to students around the world. Web based learning attracts a large number of working professionals as well, who are attracted by the high flexibility offered by such programs and the opportunity for professional development. With web based education, you can take classes from the comfort of your own home, by using a simple internet connection. If you’re on the go, you can even use your mobile phone for this purpose.
What are some of the benefits of web based learning?
Colleges offering e-learning facilities provide students with a great many number of resources, reference materials and study guides. Instead of making countless trips to libraries, students can sign up for an ‘online library’ service provided by most colleges and access the books and other material they need at the click of a button. A new innovation in web based learning is the introduction of ‘virtual laboratories’ where you can carry out experiments using your computer and an internet connection. This helps students gain confidence in using 3d imaging, which is fast becoming the norm in the research industry around the world. Most online colleges set a maximum limit of 15 or 20 students for their classes, ensuring that teachers and students get one-on-one time, and can freely discuss various matters related to their studies. Students also have the opportunity of discussing lectures, assignments and questions with class fellows through ‘online discussion forums’ which are set up on college websites.
Through the internet, you can also interact with fellow students from around the world and gain a global perspective of things while developing an understanding and deep respect for other cultures. Researchers and professors who have carried out research in a particular field may also be approached through email to give you first hand guidance about a certain subject. This greatly enhances the students’ communication abilities and enables them to gain valuable technical writing skills. By using digital media to perform a variety of day to day tasks, students develop important IT & Computing skills which are essential in order to succeed in the workplace.
What degrees can I take? What disciplines are offered?
Web based learning allows students to enroll in associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degree programs in addition to countless diplomas, short courses and certification programs. Students can choose from thousands of fields, including science, liberal arts, humanities, language and law. Additionally fields of engineering such as civil engineering, architecture, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, aerospace engineering are also offered by online colleges. Those interested in health and medicine can take courses in biology, nursing, medicine and pharmacology. Public safety training which enables students to become police officers, paramedics and firefighters are now also offered online. Among all programs, online management courses are the most popular with students, allowing students to earn bachelors & masters degrees in business administration.