The modern world has brought about the introduction and development of technology in almost every walk of life. From transportation, communication to even entertainment, technology has changed almost everything in comparison to just 30 years from now. Mankind has not so made much progress in the last 200 years as mankind has made in the last 50 years. Living standards today have changed drastically in comparison to just 20 years past. No other era has seen so many new inventions being produced than this era. Recent development has given rise to some of the best standards of education which can be implemented in a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). These standards of education are different from the traditional Managed Learning Environment (MLE) because the teaching methods are also completely different.
Educational Standards in Virtual Learning Environment
E-learning is a teaching system consisting of video, audio and written material designed for a person to use in studying a subject at home according to the Collins English Dictionary. The e-learning system does not involve any physical contact of a teacher with any student. This is why the educational e-learning process is also known as the virtual learning environment (VLE). The traditional classroom setting which does involve physical contact between the student and teacher is also known as the managed learning environment (MLE).
Research has shown that a system of learning which incorporates both MLE and VLE is most successful in preparing students for the professional world. A blended learning setup is more comfortable for governments to standardize and manage. As it does not undermine the importance of internet education but at the same time requires students to be physically present every now and then. This requirement of having to be physically present eliminates the chance of letting students manipulate the system in their favor by not having to ever show up physically.
Factors Leading to Development of E-learning
The government approved e-learning programs, whether they are regional, state or national, have come a long way to become nationally approved. That does not mean that there wasn’t a time when their accreditation, regulation, and capability were questioned by government officials and the public at large. The following are some conflicting considerations which were examined before concluding. These are the goals of imparting education on the audience at large.
Promoting a healthy competition, modernization and change in higher education is one of the goals of education. Another goal is regulating entry qualifications to ensure only eligible candidates meet the entry requirements of a course. The following two fundamental goals conflict with each other, the first goal is the expansion of capital investment in higher education. The second goal is to preserve existing educational institutes from becoming unnecessary “commercialized”. Government organizations have spent years aligning the solutions of these goals to give rise to the current e-learning system. That doesn’t mean that were wasn’t a time when e-learning qualifications were frowned upon.
Virtual learning & E-learning Advice for Applicants
E-learning includes online learning, distance learning, virtual learning, open learning and MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). All these courses are especially convenient for students who are working as well as studying. Students can dedicate time according to their convenience both to their studies and their job. There can be a number of reasons why students choose to study online. E-learning is inexpensive in comparison to traditional studies. There are certain factors which students need to be cautious of before enrolling themselves in any online institute.
1. Accreditation & Recognition
The first and foremost important factor in identifying a suitable institute is accreditation. If you are looking for an institute within the United States make sure that the institute is accredited with the Higher Learning Commission. If you are studying in the UK, you can use this link to check whether your institute is on the list of recognized institutes. For institutes in all other countries verify if the institute is registered locally with the country’s Ministry of Education.
If the institute is registered locally and you are studying in a different country ask whether they will provide the attestation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your native country. For example, your institute is in Singapore, and you are from Qatar. The final document needs to be attested from the Ministry of Affairs of Foreign Affairs of Qatar in Singapore. If the institute is not listed locally with the Ministry of Education, this is a sign that the institute does not have the authority to issue educational documents.
2. Being Pragmatic Selecting Courses
This applies specifically to students who have been out of touch from education for quite some time. Now there are a lot of courses and specialties to choose from to complete a higher qualification. Once you have entered professional life, you can see exactly the rewards and benefits you can achieve for a similar profession to the one in which you already specialize. Do not be overly optimistic about choosing a course with the justification that I can handle it. It will be difficult.
First, choose a course which is related to your current specialization. In some cases, you can get exemptions if you have experience in the same field of specialization. Opt for those specializations. Secondly, choose a course which appeals to you, in which you have an interest. Do not select a course simply because it will pay better, once you complete the qualification. If the field of study does not intrigue you, there is little chance you will be able to complete the qualification.
3. Time Management
Almost all e-learning courses give students the liberty of working at their own pace. Once students have not registered for the online course, this seems like the biggest blessing of all. Not having to attend classes based on a predetermined schedule has its own challenges. This is especially true for students who are working as well as studying. Students get home from work, tired from getting through the day’s work, and put off their studies just until tomorrow. Each day their studies are neglected until all that work becomes the vacation disaster you never anticipated.
The best way to deal with this is to create a daily and weekly timetable. Reward yourself little amounts of money which you can accumulate in a stash for adhering to the timetable. The money accumulated can be used on the weekends just to enjoy yourself. The primary goal is not to fall too far behind on your studies. Remember that your studies also hold significance in your life. Many students set out to complete a higher qualification but hardly make it halfway through. They are unable to manage their studies and their work at the same time.
Author Bio: Stella Lincoln is a single mother working part-time as an Academic Advisor at Academist Help. She also owns a blog at Educator House where she writes mainly about Education, Marketing, Technology and Entrepreneurship.