Online courses and online training a part of E-learning process was first introduced during the late 1990s and early 2000s. E-learning was first used as a Computer based teaching method. It was not online but was the first use of electronic media for educational purpose. Next development in the field of E-learning was Web based teaching which involved online distance courses and employed a heavy internet usage to deliver material and students started getting familiar with internet and networking.
Online education has evolved a lot since then and now it’s become a household thing not only in USA but across the whole world. It has now developed into a multibillion dollar industry and has a remarkable scope of reach and progress. Today, except the school exams and other board exams every standardized test and competitive exam has been changed to an online format and thus online training can’t be left behind. Though the fact remains that preliminary and elementary education can’t ever be replaced out of the traditional method and process and that won’t be better either but post secondary school courses have witnessed a lot of modernization and improvisation due to the development of information technology and online courses at this and higher level have gained acceptance across schools, colleges, universities and of course students.
Convenience being the word of the century, education couldn’t have been more easily accessible if it was not for online education. Offering a wide range of studies starting from month long specific certificate courses to complete degree courses lasting for years, online learning has made education manageable for all. Going by statistics few millions of post secondary students have registered for online training even if it is for a single course. The adaptability of the educational institutions is also commendable here as a large number of colleges, high schools and universities are offering their programs online to benefit the students who favor this format. Also to maintain the quality and standard of teaching they provide online tutors and a series of tutorials for every online course to facilitate your learning and you need not entirely rely on self study.
Then there are online classrooms, which are virtual classrooms, virtual only due to the reason of their physical absence otherwise you have everything replicated online even the whiteboard or blackboard whichever you prefer. Here you get to interact with fellow students from your school or other schools sharing the same interest or learning the same program. These are basically different software and you can create your own online classroom too. It aids in exchange of ideas, group studying efforts and also helps to clarify your doubts with the instructors available or your fellow classmates.
The advantages of online education are numerous and few disadvantages do exist when you do a critical analysis of the format may be but they don’t affect your learning much I believe. So, to continue your studies even if you don’t want to leave your job or to explore another field of study while you are a regular student somewhere online courses and online training are instantly at your rescue that too as per your convenience.