Are you ready for the exciting new world of Online Learning?
At MSBM, we are passionate about Online Learning and Education. It is one of the most significant developments to have taken place in the world of education for many years. Online learning has given to millions of people the great opportunity to become better qualified, enhance their career knowledge and to experience positive changes in their lives.
What is Online Learning?
When you learn you are in the process of acquiring skill or knowledge. “Online Learning” simply describes the way you access this, where learning content is delivered via the Internet and other new media Technologies such as MP3s, PDAs and iPods.
This profoundly important facility is now used by Educational Institutions in many countries to enable millions of people of all ages and backgrounds to have easy access to teachers and knowledge. It means that you can move from ad-hoc classroom learning to a completely new level. Here, a structured approach is taken to learn about a particular body of knowledge that interests you, and where dedicated teaching staff can help and guide you all the way to a degree or other qualification.
What are advantages & benefits of Online Learning?
Convenience: You take the classroom with you and access it when you want, so it fits around your schedule, not vice versa.
Richer Class Discussion: It has been said that online education works better because of the richer class discussion. The shy and less confident students tend not to contribute, or contribute less in a conventional classroom; a virtual classroom gives the opportunity of thinking up meaningful contributions and sharing views confidently. It is also very easy to have discussions online, you get to talk to more people and increase your scope of knowledge. It is encouraged that lecturers allocate marks according to individual contributions because this is significant for a student’s overall understanding of the subject.
Deeper interaction with learning content: Another reason Online Learning is preferred is because a student is allowed to absorb information at his own pace and be more thorough about engaging in the learning content. Students can rewind over lectures, or research points that the lecturer has made before moving on to their next point.
Option to choose study times: Online Education system gives you the option of choosing when to study and take a lecture, which is not possible for on campus study system. Such structure is very much appropriate for people who are working as they can fine-tune their study time according to their availability.
Lower Cost: The costs of Online Education Programs are less than On-Campus Courses. This is not because there is a compromise in the quality offered but because online education system saves a lot of resources and finances as it does not require any physical set-up.
Balance in work life and education: Since the Online Education system is self paced and it gives the option to chose your study time, it helps people in balancing their work life and education. In this developing world, it is necessary to update your knowledge and online education system has helped in this matter, being also on the web.
Avoiding uncertain circumstances: Sometimes due to uncertain circumstances like city riots, natural calamity etc people avoid going out of their homes and so there is a chance of missing classes in case of pursuing education on campus. However, online education system proves to be the best system in a way that you need not go anywhere for studying.
Diversity of views: The MSBM Online Learning Platform accommodates students from all parts of the world. This means that students will encounter a rich diversity of views held by people from completely different walks of life!
How do you study online?
As an online student, you will view lectures, partake in discussions, have one-on-one tutorials with your lecturer, perform group work, submit assignments, and take exams, all online. There will be interaction with tutors and class members in ways similar to students in a conventional campus.
In any course of learning, a good tutor-to-student and peer-to-peer communication is vital. As an online student, you can commune with your tutor via email concerning a topic or subject that requires clarification. You could also pose a question to your study group using email or on a discussion forum, joining the discussion that follows. Other internet resources such as instant messaging or conferencing facilities help to ensure rapid and reasonable communication
Do you already learn online?
Put simply, learning is about becoming a part of a community that analyses issues, gives viable information about these issues and leave the participants all the better and wiser, resulting in greater skill and knowledge.
By using the various functions of the internet, you have probably already done a lot of learning online in an ad-hoc manner. For example you view online lectures just as you would videos on YouTube, you meet people with similar interests, discuss ideas and form friendships in the online campus just as you would on social networking blogs or on community sites like Facebook. You speak to friends and colleagues via instant messaging services like Skype and MSN Messenger.
In truth, anyone should be comfortable with the concept of online learning because in almost every way we get to interact with the same technological tools that is used for online learning content delivery.
What’s the difference between online learning and distance learning?
“Distance learning” is the idea of learning at a distance, and learning materials are sent to you as a student. This was first put into practice by the University of London External System in 1958.
Both distance and online education provide you with where to study. However, studying online is entirely interactive with abrupt correction of the exercises. Studying online offers you an additional opportunity to interact via email, discussion boards and chat rooms, enabling you to communicate with your tutor, thereby enhance your learning experience.
Communication between teachers and students has improved as better communication tools have become available, i.e. telephone, videos, CDs, email. The Internet has taken Online Learning to a new level by enabling much more fluid communication and interaction between students and teachers. This level of communication enables communities to form and function, meaning the learning experience is similar to that of a campus-based one.