How effective is online learning? What the research does and

How effective is online learning? What the research does and

From Lamia Jonas

The impromptu to implement online learning in the curricular has had a positive impact on the education sector, especially to the instructors and students alike.

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The impromptu to implement online learning in the curricular has had a positive impact on the education sector, especially to the instructors and students alike. But is this the way to go, is the success being portrayed masking the reality that is, however, felt by the parties involved.

The online study’s success depends on several factors, either of which, if ignored, will be damning to this form of study. Research conducted to illuminate the effectiveness of online study indicates different results.

Increase enrollment V success rate

The annual percentage increase in online education is estimated at 5%. This is attributed to over 33% of college students in the US said to take at least one online course while also in Florida. Secondary education students are prompted to pursue an online course. These stats persuade students to opt for the e-course as a way for academic advancement and their career.

However, it's sad to note that over half of the students enrolled in e-learning never look at the courseware. This is a whopping number considering that over 110m and 400m students enrolled in online education in 2019 2020. The enrollment percentage of higher education is over 30% to online courses, with institutions further encouraging this attribute with over 60% to reiterate that their future strategy revolves around online courses.

The retention rate

The conventional education setting has seen a student's having a dropout percentage of 30% within the first year; this an estimation has put online learning at the forefront with an increased retention rate from 25-60%. This surge is attributed to factors that make e-learning appealing to students like the customization of studies enabling students to attain good grades.

This bubble is busted with statistics indicating that the dropout rate for an online student is an all-time high, with an average of 96% over five years. And further studies reveal that MOOCs completion rate for students is 10% and has not increased for the past six years, even though out of the 5m learner's registration to courses is over 12 million. Still, learners never return to MOOCs platforms after the first year.

Students Capability

Online education has been regarded as having a better academic success rate compared to traditional education settings, relying on research carried out on students taking both online and offline courses. Instructors are praised for finding time in identifying each student's pitfall in grasping challenging concepts and designing a framework suitable for each student.

This, however, is a study done on high education but on studies done on secondary students who've failed algebra tests but were keen to retake via virtual classes. The students were chosen randomly to pursue offline and online; those who chose the latter lauded it as hard and equally failed compared to their counterparts on the F2F learning.

For the eighth-graders algebra course, online students did better than their counterparts, further complicating the final deduction on which is a preferred form of study. However, the conclusion is that if a student is having a hard time in the F2F classroom, it will not stand a chance in an online setup.

The dependability of online course is through the internet, and the accessibility of such affordable and reliable internet is uneven throughout the globe rendering the flawless access of courses hampered for those with inadequate broadband infrastructure which determine the affordability of internet connectivity.

Further hiccups are experienced in consideration of the student’s digital device, with a disparity, experienced depending on the social and economic status. The less privileged have a hard time accessing the course, especially if it's through a video conferencing the tool, which requires high-speed internet and devices capable of streaming HD videos for clarity.

The evolvement of online study initially was meant to aid the employee with the opportunity for career advancement. Still, due to the pandemic situation, institutions are forced to employ online education to cater to all the students' demands.

In the current situation, an institution should analyze the progress seen as of yet to determine the best actionable cause of action to determine how best to adopt e-learning for a long-term solution as well as have a better success rate.

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