Why is the Popularity of Distance Learning on the Rise

Education Technology Insights | Thursday, May 20, 2021

Distance learning makes education more accessible for students who may not be able to attend traditional, brick-and-mortar courses. 

FREMONT, CA: Distance learning, also known as distance education, is a type of education where instructors and students are physically separated, but technology allows them to remain connected, and they can communicate easily. While there are various types of distance learning, like hybrid learning and blended learning, but the objective of every model is to include an online learning component and needs a robust technological foundation to be successful.

Numerous educational technologies are available that can help higher education institutions overcome the different obstacles of distance learning, such as lack of student motivation, coordination, communication, and so on. It also helps to develop a satisfying experience for students and instructors.

How does distance learning influence student learning?

Several educators have conflicting opinions about the efficiency of distance learning technology. This originates from the widely held belief that technology alone can transform student learning. Institutions frequently apply distance learning technology without appropriate training or course design and then assume academic performance to skyrocket.

More personalized instruction cannot positively impact student learning in higher education until the proper distance learning technology is paired with the right people (trained instructors) and processes (learning and course design). This is particularly essential for enhancing engagement and retention among nontraditional students and students with learning disabilities.

The technology tools that can enhance the distance learning experience

Learning management systems

A learning management system (LMS) is a software program used to deliver course materials, assign quizzes, track student progress, provide feedback, share announcements, and post grades. The learning management system (LMS) is the core of distance learning technology and is frequently incorporated with collaboration and productivity tools. The main advantage of using an LMS is the accessibility of having every course material in one location.

Collaboration tools

Enabling virtual collaboration is one of the most challenging aspects of distance learning. With the help of videoconferencing, messaging, digital whiteboarding, file sharing, and virtual office hours, collaboration technology tools can assist instructors in exchanging information with students.

Instructors can plan classes and influence students to participate in video chat and interactive polling, or they can divide the class into smaller virtual groups to work on projects.

Productivity tools 

Productivity tools are software or applications that help in increasing the efficiency of daily tasks. Most educational institutions have productivity tools because many are necessary for instructors to do their jobs. Email, calendar, notetaking, to-do lists, document creation, and cloud call are a few examples of the tool.

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