Everyone is interested in learning how to do animation, how to design websites, how to design interiors, how to generate visual effects, how catalogues and broachers are made. Well you can learn it all and that too in the comfort of your own home.
Online learning is learning with the assistance of the Internet and a personal computer. The term e-learning, or electronic learning, often is used interchangeably with online learning. The important benefit of online learning is that it can span time and distance. You do not have to be in the same place as your teacher to obtain course-related information.
Even if you are attending a traditional course, where the instructor uses Canvas, you can have anywhere, anytime access to your course documents along with consistent interaction with your classmates and teacher. Customarily, online learning falls under the broader category of distance education.
Distance education is defined by the United States Distance Learning Association as an “education program whereby students may complete all or part of an educational program in a geographical location apart from the institution hosting the program; the final award given is equivalent in standard and content to an award program completed on campus.”
Typically, students and teachers reside in different locations; a physical classroom is not necessary. Therefore the teaching and learning process relies on the Internet and a personal computer.
Whether you recognize it or not, students and teachers have benefited from the flexibility of distance learning for decades. Many of us may recall our first distance learning experiences involving television as the instructional medium. In the past decade, with increasingly widespread access to computers and the Internet, online learning has become a consistent presence at all levels of education. As businesses, school districts, colleges, and universities have become “wired,” online learning has evolved beyond pure distance learning. The ability for learners to extend communication and access resources outside of their school or work environments, allows them to supplement – and sometimes fully replace – activities once reserved for the traditional classroom or workplace.