What Are the Key Factors for Making Online Learning Effective in Higher Education?

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(Newswire.net — September 3, 2021) — Mentioning ‘pandemic’ at the beginning of anything about eLearning is obsessive now. Pandemic was not the reason for the elearning software development. Yes, it has become a reason for its growth, but online learning has grown out of its seed in the late 90s, which was sown already in the early 90s with the emerging of the internet and the prevalence of the world wide web all across the globe.

The trend of online education has got a reason only now, as it was nothing more than a choice before the pandemic. Things become easy now with the online mode of bringing anything to the house, be it grocery, services as software, or education through a mobile application. 

Online learning has actually made education easier, hassle-free, and more competitive from one perspective. However, it has reduced the fear of facing the crowd, from many inferior learners already. 

By highlighting the positives only, I would like to focus only on the beneficial aspects of online learning without stepping into the contrary. Because, sometimes something is always better than nothing and we should praise for whatever resources we have because of this technology advancements today, that our children, ourselves, and our family did not require to stop, even at the phase of a pandemic.

Let us highlight now the key factors that can turn online learning effective, specifically in the case of higher education. 

There are factors that keep on making the online learning process better than the last day, and possible without having to move to the brick-made educational institutions. 

We’ll also glimpse over those factors that were initially a part of technology evolution but have become a necessity or a reason to commerce with eLearning software development.

  1. Synchronous learning solutions

Those types of online courses, which operate online but demand a parallel and uninterrupted sitting from the learners. This can be understood as when a teacher is teaching a particular subject, only those students who are present in the class at the moment would ask questions, in the case of any confusion, otherwise not.

However, those who are absent have to rely on the discussions recorded meanwhile only. Initially, when database integration was not a normal functionality, such learning methods were prevalent then.

SMOC i.e. Synchronous massive online courses were the best examples, which operated online but required consistent parallel sitting from the learners to communicate with the trainer or teacher for discussion.

Another but a similar form of it is ‘SSOC’ Synchronous small online courses that differ by the number of aspirants who can connect at a time in a virtual classroom.

  1. Asynchronous learning solutions

Asynchronous solutions allow the learners to communicate with ease and in accordance. In these, a learner who wants to question can generate a query by either putting his question via mail or text and would receive the answer whenever the teacher would read and choose to respond to that.

This allows freestyle learning in short, with seeming an easier one for the students but has an opposite reality as far as quick learning is expected from an online mode of education.

MOOCs, means Massive open online courses are the most trending online courses nowadays. With an unlimited capacity and asynchronous learning experience that frees the learners to stay stuck into the screen.

They can learn whenever and wherever they need, want, or have time, and can manage other things as well. 

Factors that make online higher education effective are some of the latest trends that are getting recognized for their abilities that make the learning experience easy and interesting. And they are-

  1. Gamification
  2. Mobile learning
  3. Microlearning
  4. Infographics, media, narration, etc.

Exploring some credible stats of each of them in order.

  • More than 30 percent of eLearning application software that has gamification enabled, are the most successful e-learning applications across the globe. The trend of daily, monthly and seasonal leaderboards, quiz boards, and puzzle-solving rewards are some of the interest sustaining factors for the students.
  • More than half of the e-learning applications have gamification enabled in them.
  • M-learning software solutions are the reason for many students to get access to online classes. Not everyone has access to laptops, and only mobile devices can be expected to be possessed by students or at least by their families. With this vision, more than $80 billion of revenue figure, only from m-learning solutions is expected to be touched by 2025.
  • Most of the e-learning applications have videos, images, narration as their base material. And many applications are spread only with the microlearning material because of short lessons.
  • Microlearning experience is praised for short lessons that give consumers a few minutes to make something learn. Usually, seven to eight-minute lessons are recorded and added to the microlearning courses.
  • Researchers and experts have found the microlearning experience more successful than any other as the human brain is more comfortable with grasping short lessons than long ones.
  • Almost all the organizations in the USA have incorporated m-learning solutions for their employees and executives to mitigate face-to-face meets and allow ease and flexibility over physical migration for day-to-day conferences and meetings.
  • Merely a few of us did know about the learning and development industry, but the same is now one of the most abruptly growing industries.
  • The best part about online education is that the e-learning experience allows accreditation to connect with the identity. For example, when a learner gains a particular certification, because of its online existence, they can be connected with the person’s identity by mentioning a Passport number so that it can be helpful for validating things, especially in distance learning.

Considering all these factors in mind, if you are into an e-learning business or planning to raise one, consider embedding an interactive learning experience platform that can keep the learners connected with the solution. They should not find the application or website tidy as they have to come every day over there and stay for hours for learning purposes.

Things are to be easily searchable and user-friendly so that everyone can handle them without anyone’s assistance required.

Custom LMS development is another successful key to make education effective not only for higher education students but also for official trainees. As an e-learning business owner, a custom LMS could be developed with a collaborative learning experience, flexible programs, course building functionalities, and complete mobile accessibility in parallel.

Just make to hire the best LMS software development company so that you don’t have to worry about the learning experience and m-learning abilities. Integration support and consultancy are the most expected things from any ideal enterprise software development company, thus make sure to ask about every aspect you find yourself unsure about.

In the next decade, microlearning will be going to make a change by prevailing short and interesting learning experiences to the learners. It would bring ease to the learners to grasp information meanwhile any other activity they would be performing in parallel. Certainly, most of the organizations have just revolutionized the way they used to develop e-learning software. The experience to be rendered with it is now completely on another level of expectations comparatively. 

This transformation in the learning experience has resolved many social inferiority issues of more than 30 percent of the students across the globe by creating a familiar, safe, and fully controllable learning environment that encourages students’ fear of learning with others.

Conclusively, adding on interactive experience rendering features like gamified leaderboards, responsive m-learning experience, media full content could transform your higher education learning into an effective learning experience.

Author’s Bio: Scarlett is a technical content writer and is associated with A3logics for over a couple of years. She has a keen interest in IT professional services and is often found struggling with some unique topics for her upcoming projects. She is often found discussing the latest developments with the technical team. When not working on any of her writing projects, she is either reading any of the Agatha Christie mysteries or busy gardening.