How has elearning changed education?
Technology has impacted nearly every aspect of our lives - from shopping to dating - and education is no exception.
Elearning tools have completely transformed how we teach, learn and grow – but some organisations have embraced technology much more than others.
Take universities for example. If we look back to medieval times, lecture theatres look a lot like today's university halls. There's a professor standing on stage addressing a crowd of students. Of course quills and parchment have been replaced by laptops and tablets, but the format is pretty much the same. Traditional learning methods still play a huge role in academia, but universities are starting to embrace elearning tools like virtual learning environments (VLEs), electronic submissions and online archives.
However, more common elearning tools like videos, interactive whiteboards and the internet have already transformed classrooms across the world.
Learning has become more active as the roles of teacher and learner have changed. Teachers are no longer the primary source of information, and learners no longer passively receive it. Thanks to the internet, learners have information at their fingertips and can take responsibility for their own learning.
Today, a huge amount of information is available online, so students can learn about anything, anytime, anywhere. They can communicate with people around the world via online messaging or video chat, and share files via Google Drive or WeTransfer.
In the vocational training sector, colleges and training providers are investing in assessment eportfolios and VLEs so apprentices can access training resources, gather evidence, track their progress and receive feedback using any device, wherever they are. This flexibility keeps learners engaged and helps them achieve more work in less time.
Virtual reality learning takes this freedom to the next level. Learners can create an online avatar that enters a virtual reality on their behalf. This could be university lecture theatre, C. S. Lewis' Narnia, or an ancient Roman town – the possibilities are endless.
The walls of the classroom are no longer barriers to learning, but budget is. Many organisations are worried about the cost of investing in technology and need to look beyond the price tag at the huge benefits and significant returns technology can bring.
At OneFile, our learning platform completely revolutionises the training and assessment process. Users can access all their training tools in one place, anytime, anywhere, on any device - creating an unique learning experience for each user. And it's proven to deliver over 500% ROI in the first year – which is pretty impressive. On top of the huge benefits for all users, OneFile offers significant savings in paper, printing, travel and storage costs, so it more than pays for itself in the first year.
To learn more about OneFile's all-in-one learning platform, take a look around the software and see the benefits it can bring, download the OneFile ROI booklet. You'll find out exactly how much you could save with OneFile, what other centres think, and how it can make a difference to your learners and your budget.
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