The most effective way of learning – is online learning suiting the purposes?

Vaccination is taking over the world, reopening the doors of public spaces, offices, schools, and universities. And while the emotional reaction of people to this “comeback” varies, we are going to dig deeper into the topic of whether “work from home” is still on the table to maintain or even grow the efficiency of learning, both for schools, universities, and corporates.

Currently, around 17.6% of undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students in the U.S. are studying exclusively online. About a quarter of the U.S. student population is enrolled in at least 1 online course throughout the curriculum. Graduate students are demonstrating higher levels of interest in online studying compared to undergraduates, this might be due to the need of combining education with work or generally a more diverse range of responsibilities. As expected, online education has reached a peak of demand as the pandemic lockdowns hit, and through this period 80% of companies and 50% of institutional students have experienced studying through an e-learning platform. In 2021, 28% of companies kept on using fully digital training platforms and other benefits of ed-tech to conduct compliance training. And 82% of companies use partially online training for talent development.

Until 2021, the available data suggests that online learning allows students to save 40-60% of the time on the educational process compared to traditional methods. Providing employees with an opportunity to conduct online training has also shown to have an increased engagement by 18%.

But is it really more efficient than offline methods of learning? Well, the most accurate answer to this question will be – it depends. The process of understanding the efficiency of anything for the human being depends mostly on the human being itself. In the case of learning, we can be sure that offline learning is typically more emotional, and it keeps the focus of the students better, and online education is more flexible and allows higher degrees of students’ comfort, yet both methods are efficient for different students.

Throughout the pandemic, most of the individuals missed going to the office, going to a lecture, or grabbing coffee after classes, yet the feelings we have towards different types of education don’t determine their efficiency. Individual needs of each student, on the other hand, can tell a lot about the most enjoyable way of learning.

Joy and comfort in this discussion matter a lot, mainly because they determine the degree of the open-mindedness of a person in a process. When we are feeling nice, we tend to notice more good things, while when we are in discomfort the completely opposite feeling might arise. Even this statement is pretty subjective and personal for everybody.

The available data suggests, that academically both online and offline education are equally useful for the students given a desire to learn, cause with no motivation one could procrastinate both in the class and in the own apartment. From a different perspective, on the undergraduate level students are enjoying offline education due to the formation of social habits, networking, making friends, and generally more emotional learning. Important to mention, that currently, the online learning market doesn’t have a lot to offer in terms of emotional and entertaining learning. Post-graduate students and professionals on training, compared to undergraduates, tend to prefer online studying, due to their time-management needs and career processes which can’t be paused to study.

Being a business, we would suggest that learning institutions should take the best of both worlds and try to meet the needs of their audiences. In other words, before hosting an online or offline semester, it might make sense to, for example, divide the students into two groups and give the students an opportunity to vote on whether they would benefit from studying on-campus or through screens. Then both groups will be satisfied, and maybe we’ll be able to compare the performance of both groups and get more data on the topic.

Regarding the professional training, employees are benefitting from online learning, and statistics only indicate the future growth of this market. Yet, the developers should keep in mind that learning software is not only buttons, text, and input fields. Learning tools should become more and more emotional to gradually grow the efficiency of online learning. This perspective would boost knowledge globalization and accessibility, as students and professionals around the world would get to learn the foreign practices, either to apply or to widen their knowledge horizons.

We are actively working on an emotional learning software for professional education, and soon we will be able to demonstrate to you our minimum viable product!

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