Thursday, 27 February 2014

A Promising Future is Waiting for the Online Learners, asserts Bill Gates

It’s not only educators and new age learners who have started accepting the increasing benefits of studying online but eminent business leaders like Bill Gates and Jack Welch are also humming the same tune. Although virtual schooling has not been able to replace the education system operated in brick and mortar institutions, reports are clearly stating that online learners have a promising future.

It was Gates who promised through his annual letter in 2010 that he would be financing for all those projects that would lead to the development in online learning. The previous decade was thoroughly dedicated to e-learning that has now achieved recognition at various corners of the globe. In fact, what has now been found is that the homeschoolers are currently updating themselves through online learning curriculum. Even a lot of charter schools have come up with online programmes for making students complete their education flexibly and affordably.

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The vice president of public relations for K12, Jeff Kwitowski, says “In the last five years, online learning has become much more proven and mainstream. It's differentiated, engaging, and it really provides the ideal situation for many students.” On the other hand, another group of researchers, Ambient Insight, showed that around 10.5 million students will be taking at least a few online classes by 2014 through a high school.

Predictions moreover say:

  • Students will be accessing quality content

  • Concept of educational technology would be encouraged

  • Online learning communities would constantly enhance their activities

  • Students would strengthen their knowledge base

  • According to Forbes, significant developments will keep continuing by bringing more and more resources for education. Both educators and students would be getting more resources for open education and the OER resources will keep scoring high in terms of their quality on a quarterly basis.

    Forbes says:

    - Over 400 institutions have adopted texts ensuring high quality within a shorter time period

    - Texts have been downloaded more than 400,000 times which is indeed a stunning figure for the current academia 

    - Over $5.5 million students have been able to complete their education with absolute safety 

    (Source: onforb.es/1g4dP6y)

    Now, what initiatives should be taken to realise the career goals of today’s learners?

    Students, educators, technologists and producers must collaborate to meet these goals, and this is where the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) will have to play an active role. On taking this initiative, leaders from different backgrounds and cultures will gather together and will hence form a global network. Once this happens:

    • a lot of innovations would be implemented
    • new connections would be established
    • unfulfilled goals would be easily achieved

    So, the future of online education doesn’t look bleak at all. Rather, the data presented here must act as an inspiration for the new age learners who have plans to take up online courses for higher studies. Virtual learning has already become a noticeable trend which will successfully replace traditional education without effort.

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    Friday, 7 February 2014

    How Online Distance Learning Changes Education in the Caribbean

    Looking back at the education trends in the past couple of decades, what do you see? A classroom, hundreds of students scurrying here and there and a tutor delivering a dull monologue. And all this was available only to the ones who could afford to go to university. The bricks-and-mortar education system that was restricted to privileged people had little to offer to learners coming from less affluent backgrounds.

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    With the innovation brought by the Internet, most impediments to education have been removed. Students can now access information whenever they want and learn wherever they are in the world.

    RDI supports hundreds of Caribbean students to fulfil their dreams

    RDI’s vision is to change people’s world through innovative learning by delivering UK university courses that fit around work and family. Their convenient learning programmes cost up to 60% less than traditional, on campus universities and provide lifetime opportunities to many residing in Caribbean countries.

    Josina France
    “My experience with RDI was excellent. The enrolment and course selection process went smoothly. The financial cost of the program was affordable, and because of this I did not have to obtain a loan or seek financial assistance from my place of employment”, says Josina France who got her MBA degree from the University of Sunderland through RDI.

    She found studying online a wonderful experience, which enabled her to achieve a UK university degree from the comfort of her home in Antigua and Barbuda.
    “I would recommend RDI to anyone who intends to obtain a degree through distance learning because of its credibility; the professionalism and level of support given by the staff; the flexibility it offers to study, and the affordable cost of the programmes”.
    (Source: http://www.rdicaribbean.com/student-experience/)

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    Advantages of studying by distance learning through RDI
    • Expert academic tutors and dedicated programme co-ordinators guide you throughout your studies to help give context to your learning.
    • RDI gives you the support you need to achieve a degree from an accredited UK university. And pursuing an online qualification from a well reputed UK university rewards you with a degree that is recognised all over the world and could boost your career and earnings.
    • Tuition fees are 30-60% less than campus learning in a UK University.
    • Flexible payment options such as Pay-as-you-go and instalments are available to make learning more affordable.
    • Access to an international network of students that enables you to share knowledge, bounce ideas and career opportunities.