Before online learning, mail correspondence education was the oldest form of distance learning. Many people were sceptical about the authenticity of these distance learning educational institutions since not everyone was convinced on whether they can truly earn a degree through sending assignments by post to somewhere far away like in America or Europe. The learning method was simple, but it took a few weeks before students received any feedback from teachers. Nevertheless, distance learning grew and developed through time.

This mail correspondence education has swept across countries and has evolved into the online learning or e-learning we know today. Most major and reputable universities around the globe offer online open courses through different platforms like Coursera, eDX, and Udemy. Learners can enrol to these courses for free or for a nominal sum in exchange for accredited certification.

Although teacherless classes have been going on for years, these are still something new for school-going children. The closure of schools due to COVID-19 pandemic has forced most students to adopt on e-learning. Even though there is a steep adaptation curve on e-learning for both parents and students, children can still easily accept changes since they are young and resilient. According to studies, online learning paired with traditional classroom teaching set-up can achieve a much quicker positive change in children’s school performance with a renewed learning attitude.

Here are some of the many reasons why you, as parents, need to start embracing e-learning and actively pursue it for the future of your children:

It’s A Digital Life

From buying groceries online to transferring payments via eWallets to scanning your TraceTogether Token – we can hardly be away from technology. Even before the pandemic forced school closures, many schools are already moving towards replacing textbooks with ebooks on tablets. It is a matter of time before your child will be doing combined learning in a traditional classroom using digital devices.

In the future, obtaining a degree through online universities can also be the norm as technology can further blur the geographical lines. This will allow students from all over the world to participate in lectures from different universities worldwide.

No Boundaries

Online education can open up doors for your children. They can collaborate at a global level with same-age peers from all over the world. Different ideas and perspectives can be shared across worldwide forums and larger platforms. They will also have the chance to collaborate and create projects with other kids from different education backgrounds, cultures, and lifestyles.

For example, if there is a project about the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on children, students from all over the world can contribute ideas based on their experience. A Singaporean child would be able to describe his experiences about school closures and lockdowns, while a Taiwanese child could give a different view as he did not experience any lockdowns in their country last year. Then, a discussion can be done among students and everyone can learn from it.

Flexible Timing

A student’s life is pretty packed from dawn to dusk. One of the biggest advantages of online learning is that your child can learn any time they wish. No restrictions on when, where, or how they want to study as they can attend online lectures on the move or in between classes. Knowledge is at their fingertips.

Besides that, parents no longer have to carve extra time out to bring their children to enrichment classes over the weekends or after school as they can decide on their children’s study schedule. For example, parents can use TCHER Online lessons for their children as the video lessons can be replayed multiple times by students if they missed a paid lesson or if they want to revise the topic.

Unlimited Supply of Resources

There are various resources available on the internet aside from the online classes available from the school’s official platform. Many of those websites or apps offer student-centric coaching at the students’ pace and interest. Parents will also have the flexibility to mix and match the resources to target certain weaknesses or cultivate certain interests of their children. Usually, these programs are targeted to attract children’s attention, sharpen their focus, and stretch their patience.

As parents, you can observe small things regarding your children’s improvement. For example, notice if they are willing to wait patiently to finish a 30-second advertisement while watching a YouTube video or if they get distracted easily with other things while studying online.

Focus Guidance

The problem with conventional classroom teaching is that the teacher can never pay enough attention to a single child, especially when the ratio is one to 40 pair of eyes. Online learning can help to close that gap. Lessons can be recorded and replayed repeatedly to make sure the child did not miss out anything. Moreover, parents can sit in together with their children during online lessons and guide them if they need assistance.

Caters to Different Learning Styles 

Do you know that there are as many as 8 different learning styles? There is visual/spatial learning, linguistic/verbal learning, logical/mathematical learning, auditory learning, naturalistic learning, kinesthetic learning, solidarity learning, and social learning. No matter which category your child falls in, online learning can be beneficial to your children as it allows them to learn at their own pace and in a comfortable set-up. Your child will be able to absorb new knowledge in the most conducive learning environment.

Provides Comfort and Safety

E-learning is advantageous because students can choose their own learning environment. Removing the commute between home and classes, children will have more time and energy to put into learning.

Also, no parent would want to unnecessarily risk their children by moving them to different public places since the vaccination program has just started. And if you are the parent who ferries your child from door to door, you are risking yourself to be exposed in the virus too!

Opens up conversations between parents and children

Online lessons are usually performed on a controlled platform and a monitored environment. However, like it or not, your child will eventually find his way into social media. As parents, we want to protect our children from the dangers of cyberbullying and cybercrimes coming from these platforms. The best way to keep your child safe is to confront them about their social media usage and teach them the appropriate ways to protect themselves online.  Also, let them know that you are always open for a conversation if they have any reactions, doubts, or questions about the things they see on the internet.

Conclusion

The transition to digital learning is something inevitable, especially with the advancement in technology. The earlier the parents embrace the concept wholeheartedly, the earlier their children can benefit from e-learning. Of course, there is always a need for a balance between traditional and digital learning, and there are numerous ways to scale back to hands-on learning if you feel that this balance is tilted. Hopefully, the reasons mentioned in this article will help you realise the benefits of e-learning to your children.

Watch out for our next article about the signs that you need to know if your child is addicted to electronic devices and the different ways to prevent it from happening.