Benefits of E-learning for academics and adult learners

E-learning, with new tools for teaching and learning, has the potential to transform learning experiences to better achieve learning objectives and improve outcomes. Traditional teaching methods may focus on and grade individual efforts, however in the working world, people rarely learn or accomplish tasks in isolation. Communities of learners accomplish work that individuals cannot. Online and blended learning environments, no longer bounded by time and space, creates a platform for sharing ideas with greater opportunities for rich interactions.

With online sharing capability, no student is able to hide in the back of a classroom. Students post individual efforts and provide critical peer review to fellow classmates. Working groups combine their responses into a cohesive arguments. Teachers provide coaching and guidance, pushing students to higher learning levels. Contrast this to a traditional classroom setting. How much time do students have to formulate and answer questions in class? How many students will participate in the forum and how many students sit in the back of the room, hoping not to get called on, remain silent. Perhaps they had not done the assignment?

Adult learners bring rich backgrounds and the need to share their experience in a learning experience. Using online sharing tools, adult learners have an opportunity to learn from each each other as well as from the teacher and content. Internet technology gives learners the means to carefully compose their ideas in writing and better opportunities for critical reflection. E-Learning leads to higher-order learning and enables research collaboration not limited to time or distance.

E-learning technologies, help students develop arguments, improve written communication skills, develop complex problem solving abilities, and increase opportunities for critical and reflective thinking.