Categories
Develpoment Education

In-Person learning vs Online learning: Which is for you?

Photo by Green Chameleon on Unsplash

Wondering what to expect from the move from In-person learning to online learning courses? E-learning has never been as important and used as it is today.

Since around 2010, smartphones have provided more options for learning anytime, anywhere — whether traveling, taking public transportation, in the waiting room, or at home.

In 2020, the global COVID-19 pandemic, with its lockdowns and restrictions, brought the range of available online education to the focus of our attention.

Does this online renaissance make in-person training obsolete? Can online learning replace In-person learning? What are the pros and cons? How to make this transition sustainable and successful? Read on to answer these questions and discover the next steps from In-person to online learning on your own. In this blog, we will take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of the main learning methods.

What is in-person learning?

For most of us, learning starts with lessons in a classroom with a teacher, where we are physically present (and supposedly attentive). Despite the current pandemic, this method is still the most widely used way to learn and absorb new knowledge.

One of the undeniable advantages of In-person teaching is the physical presence of the teacher, where their personality and the ability to interact with them are very important. Anecdotes, jokes, cultural references, etc.— every teacher has their own style and personality.

In a classroom, teachers are constantly adapting what they say and their daily activities based on the needs and reactions of students. By responding appropriately, a teacher can improve participants’ knowledge retention and motivate them.

Finally, there is the concept of interaction. If the group is not too large, it can promote discussion, healthy competition, and mutual help. Continuous communication with the teacher gives every student the opportunity to expand their knowledge and express their curiosity.

What is online learning?

Online learning is exactly what it sounds like—learning that takes place in an online format. In online learning, a teacher generally uploads personalized content to learning management software (LMS) and digitally shares it with their class. Access is via devices that are connected to the Internet.

Online learning offers flexibility in many ways not normally available in traditional in-person learning. Online training courses are a great option for people who work remotely or cannot attend seminars in person.

In many cases of online learning, students do not interact directly with the teacher or faculty. Many LMS offer students the ability to interact with teachers through chat rooms, forums, or email. Some even offer live online broadcasts where students can interact with the teacher while teaching the course in a live setting.

Which method is best for you: In-person or online learning?

Both in-person and online learning has advantages and disadvantages. It is important to carefully weigh the pros and cons before making a decision that will affect your education and ultimately, your career. Educational institutions need to figure out what works best for their employees’ schedules, learning needs, and overall financial situation.

Key differences

Mobility and ease of learning

Online education is by far the most mobile. You can learn for free from anywhere in the world. On the other hand, traditional education requires a more rigorous investment of time.

Human touch and personal teaching approach

In-person teaching is more up, close and personal. Education is not one size fits all. It requires a lot of personalized teaching techniques. For example, when I want to learn to play guitar, most online courses were more geared towards learning a specific song while I wanted to learn how to create a song myself, and I learned it in a traditional educational system.

Communication with other students

Online learning offers many chat opportunities, discussion forums, etc., it is easy to get in touch with other students and discuss your concerns, and the chances are that most of your questions will be resolved by yourself. On the other hand, it is not so in face-to-face learning.

Conclusion

The online classes vs in-person learning debate have several aspects to look at; they both have benefits and disadvantages. However, the mixed method of coaching can be the best resolution for meeting all the students’ needs.

So to stay ahead of today’s competition, it is necessary that you combine both the education system and that will help you in lots of ways.

Categories
Education General Learning

Learning loss in pandemic: How do we cope?

Photo by Chris Montgomery on Unsplash

The unexpectedness of a global pandemic has caused severe losses to all facets of human life—be it businesses, industries, personal lives, economies, or education. Now, two years into it, the next step is planning to recover from all the losses post-pandemic.

Students, for instance, have been suffering an insurmountable amount of learning loss in the face of the pandemic. It is vital that educators and students strategize to cope with these losses. It is impossible to bring the past two years back; however, we can work on coping with all the education and other learning losses that remain after the pandemic is behind us.

Learning loss in pandemic: An overview

As much as the online learning scenario has improved since the beginning of the pandemic, nothing can substitute the actual thing. Whilst online classes has its own pros and cons, it is impossible to compensate through the computer screens, the loss of experience and learning that the students are facing.

It is, however, essential to note, that all sections of students are facing learning loss due to the pandemic. But those who got into the pandemic with previous disadvantages have especially lost their educational footing in such times. For recovering from these losses, an immediate sanction for progressive remedies is a must.

Determining students based on their learning loss

Students of every grade have faced varying amounts of learning losses in these two years of the pandemic. What is important, however, is to determine these losses and classify them on the basis of that. Special groups are dedicated to acknowledging different learning problems of students. For younger grades, the observations point towards basic deficits in Mathematics and Language reading. Such students require extra assistance for them to recoup themselves for being at par in the senior classes.

While a group of students might’ve been taught the same curriculum, not everyone would’ve taken to it the same way. Given the online nature of the classes, these students could be given a reforming chance to do better. If, given that, their loss happened due to change in the medium of teaching.

It is important to note that staunchly isolating them from their peers or holding such students back for a grade might have adverse long-term effects. Sensitivity in dealing with them must be the primary concern. Hence, a system of diluting the current curriculum, for everyone who might’ve been held back to catch up with the rest, can be a good step. 

Identifying the type of Learning loss: Social, Emotional and Academic

School is undoubtedly the precipice of a person’s life. The schooling years, from age 3 to 17, are what shape and define the essence of a person. Therefore, school undoubtedly is not responsible only for the academic development of students. It also gives out major contributions in shaping a child socially and emotionally.

The pandemic has posed a learning loss in all these facets contributing towards the overall development of a student. Students learn a sense of society, interacting with their peers, and developing alongside emotionally through schools. Therefore, educators and policymakers need to acknowledge these deficits in the emotional and social learning of students.

Learning loss in a pandemic has multiple facets to it and needs addressing accordingly. Students need to make up for much of the two years, and a systematic method of rebuilding their lost time is the priority. A vast variety of institutes and other organizations have tried to take it upon themselves to come up with guides and toolkits for educational institutes and schools to recover from the learning loss in pandemics.

One such extremely thorough guide is Cleveland Metro Schools’ Toolkit to Overcome Learning Loss. It discusses the various social, emotional, and academic facets of a student’s education. It outlines strategies to address ways of coping with all these issues with the aid of teachers.

Listening to students’ opinions

It is important to realize that ultimately, students are what matters. Their opinions, problems, and difficulties need to be addressed; only then will we be able to find the most useful method of dealing with the learning loss in the wake of the pandemic. Every student might’ve faced a challenge unique to them. While it is difficult to address all these problems on the educator’s side, it helps a lot to know about them.

It is clear that the pandemic has become the cause of irreversible changes in the system and prevailing methods of education. Now, with the onslaught of new and innovative ways to deal with the post-pandemic period, it is only progressive to get students more involved. The age-old pattern of teachers being the initiators and students being the consumers can be finally changed.

It is high time that the millennial and Gen-Z generation is taken into consideration. The current generation is maturing too soon, with their early exposure to the world through the internet and ultra-fast-paced lifestyle. Perhaps it is a sign that their system of receiving education also needs to catch up with this speed, and soon. Lest its relevance will soon be lost amongst them.

Summing Up

It’s 2021, and the pandemic is certainly not over yet. But, we can safely assume that we are at a place right now, where we can coexist with the pandemic. Education, as a pillar of shaping society, is certainly at the forefront of our concerns.

Educators and policymakers have certainly acknowledged the unpredictable nature of the world. That being said, it also is high time to modify the existing methods of teaching. Recouping the learning loss left amidst the pandemic is not that difficult. That is if a systematic approach is put to use.

There is no single standard for all educational institutions, countries, or people. Determining who needs what strategy to overcome the loss of the past two years is amidst the burning concerns of today’s revolutionaries. Online classes will soon be past us, schools will open up, and physical classes will begin. Then will the actual reality check happen, for teachers, students and educators altogether.      

Categories
Education

Top Online Learning Resources Your Child Needs

Photo by Nick Morrison on Unsplash

The Internet is a vast place that enables students to find all kinds of online learning resources that allow students to learn. However, with a platform this big, it can be hard for students to navigate and find resources that are actually helpful.

So, here is a list of 10 Online Learning Resources your Child Need.

Top Online Learning Resources

Online Learning Resources are Assets present on the internet which help a child learn and grow. They can range from videos to magazine articles and more; in the more recent times online learning resources are more useful than ever.

Since, most people are spending a lot of time at home; these courses can therefore provide students a great learning experience.

For, the purposes of this list I will be listing websites that are useful for students.

Udemy

Subscription Price-US$19.99 per month

Udemy is one of America’s biggest online course provider. It is mainly focussed on coding skills, teaching basic and advanced courses in several important coding languages.

Apart from that though, Udemy also provides courses in Design, Photography, Business, etc.

Udemy is extremely popular and it has a neat interface which is easy to use.

Coursera

Subscription Price-US$39-79 per month

Coursera is one of the sites with a dizzying amount of content, you can learn a lot from this site.

Coursera features a lot of things from Data Science to Health to Learning a language.

It does have a higher price point and the interface is not always the best (especially on mobile) yet still, the amount of content justifies the price point more than enough.

Skill Share

Subscription Price-US$15 per month

And here we have Skill Share, pretty sure you knew this website from the number of youtubers who get sponsored by them.

Nevertheless, Skill Share has around 20k courses of different subjects and is very useful in our current stay at home times. The interface is clean if a little confusing but very nicely designed.

It also features a ton of hobby courses, allowing students to focus on non-education related courses.

MIT OpenCourseWare

Subscription Price- Free

This is an online resource site run by Massachusetts Institute of Technology(I swear I spelt that right on my first try), should I anything say more?

Ok, but still; one problem here is that the site features undergraduate and graduate level courses, so you will not find something like Guitar classes here.

Still, the site is a goldmine and one which every student needs to visit.

Fluency&Fitness

Subscription Price-US$5-15 per month

‘Brain Breaks’ is the word of the day.

The site uses a variety of teaching techniques and is a site available to be used even for kindergarteners. It generally features K-12 Education content which is taught using a few unconventional techniques which the site will tell you plenty about.

Overall, It is a good site to revise concepts as well as learn new ones for school students, and with a good price it could be a very useful tool for the growing mind.

Scholastic Learn at Home

Subscription Price-US$5.99 per month

The people who made your pencils also make your courses now!

Scholastic Learn at Home is again mainly for school students and features courses that help them learn, you will not find anything out of the ordinary here, nevertheless, the courses feature reading, hands-on activities, and videos, helpful for a growing child.

LinkedIn Learning

Subscription Price-US$29.99 per month

First off, the interface is excellent, easy to navigate and also gives you almost all the information you need for the course.

It also features a variety of courses and the huge diversity of courses in admirable, LinkedIn Learning however is focussed on skills related to your job and education, which means you will not find anything hobby related here.

Apart from that it serves as an excellent platform for learning.

edX

Subscription Price- Free*

edX courses are technically free, but students will have to pay a low fee ranging from $50-$100 to take a “verified certificate” version of the class, which includes a verified certificate as well as graded homework during the course and unlimited course access.

edX is created in collaboration between MIT and Harvard, should I say more?

Again though most courses here are for undergraduate and graduate students, nevertheless the courses here are very helpful for any student trying to learn and every student should visit the site at least once in my opinion

Khan Academy

Subscription Price: Free

Khan Academy is the name that comes to mind when people think of free online learning resources, and there is a reason for that.

The site has helped millions and still continues to do so, it is one of the best places to learn. It boasts a large library of content as well as some really remarkable teachers.

Learning with Tutor Here

Subscription Price: Free

Finally, not to toot our own horn, Tutor Here is an excellent choice to kickstart your learning journey. Here, learners can explore a variety of courses, blogs, and workshop recordings. What’s more? We hold weekly yoga sessions that can care your mind as you consume knowledge.

Categories
Uncategorized

YouTube Channels for a Fruitful Learning Session

Here is a list of YouTube Channels for a Fruitful Learning Session.

YouTube is a wonderful multi-faceted platform that is used by millions of people around the globe every day. One of the biggest communities on YouTube is the Education community.

However, with over 500 hours of content being uploaded every day, it can be a daunting task to navigate this digital maze. Therefore for your benefit here is a list.

Categories:

  1. Learn Concepts
  2. Listen Alongside
  3. Solve Alongside
  4. Motivation and Tips

1.Learn Concepts:

When it comes to learning concepts whether they be in your textbook or not, these are the channels to trust.

a. Vsauce(1,2 and 3):

Vsauce

The three Vsauce channels all deal with education. Vsauce 1 is generally handled by Michael Stevens, Vsauce 2 by Kevin Lieber, and Vsauce 3 by Jake Roper.

This along with their fourth channel D.!.N.G(Do Online Now Guys) makes Vsauce the absolute powerhouse of the education sector of Youtube with each channel dealing with different things.

D.!.N.G started out as a way to showcase cool things on the internet but nowadays it is used by Michael to make videos to explain simple maths and physics concepts from divisibility rules to lenses and more.

Vsauce 1 is a sometimes bizarre but always entertaining and educational channel which serves as Michael Steven’s main channel. You will find a huge variety of different topics being discussed here. Concepts reaching from outer space to everyday life. Vsauce 1 is the original and often times the go to channel for all.

Vsauce 2 is run by Kevin Lieber and he uses it to showcase the brilliance of Mathematics. Kevin’s videos often associate real and abstract concepts with mathematical probabilities and his channel also sees the most frequent uploads.

Vsauce 3 started out as a channel that linked video games to real life but under the command of Jake Roper, it has evolved into a much more complex entity. The channel focuses on time and space as well as nuclear war, fallout, and also applying science to movies. Vsauce 3 also has the best production and set designs given that it is the only channel of the three that has sets.

b. Crash Course:

Crash Course

The channel is run by brothers John and Hank Green and focuses more on concepts that are necessary for students to learn in schools.

They possess excellent range in their content and their videos are easy to understand due to the sleek video production and simple animations which are used to explain the concepts.

They also tackle concepts that one may not find in their textbooks and almost all their videos are as enjoyable as they are educational.

c. Sci-Show:

Sci Show

Moving outside the textbook more, Sci Show gives the viewer information on everything from dinosaurs to humans and everything in between.

More recently the episodes are hosted by Hank Green(Yes , Crash Course Hank Green) with each episode on average being around 8 minutes long.

Nevertheless, the channel is able to pack a ton of information despite the short run time and the range of content ensures that everybody leaves happy.

d. Minute Physics:

Minute Physics

Short videos explaining tons of concepts and it is all done by a guy scribbling on a piece of paper while pointing a camera at it is the best way to describe Minute Physics.

With its simple presentation and easy to understand explanations, it is possible for any topic to be easily understood by anyone.

This is probably the most genius channel on the platform given how simple yet ingenious it is.

e. Backyard Scientist:

The Backyard Scientist-Jonathan Grant Thompson

Finally dealing with a channel that uses more practical means as a way to explain things.

Think of a ridiculous idea for an experiment and chances are John has already done it.

Breathtaking visuals with a learning edge topped with a generous sprinkle of Wow is the best way I can describe this channel.

2. Listen Alongside:

for when you need to some good music to help you focus on your topics.You can trust these channels. Don’t worry there are no mid roll ads.

a. Lofi Girl:

Lofi Girl

We have all heard of her and here she is.

The channel always has two live streams which run 24/7, one to listen while studying and the other to relax to.

The channel boasts some of the best calming yet empowering music with 0 lyrics which are always helpful no matter what you are doing.

You must note though that the channel is dominated by techno music and you won’t find a lot of classical here.

b. Yellow Brick Cinema:

 Roche Klue – Founder of Yellow Brick Cinema

Now here you have a chance to find your classicals.

YBC has multiple live streams for you and the activity you are doing, there are streams for studying,relaxing,doing yoga,getting a massage; basically anything & everything.

The channel also boasts a large number of selections sure to make any music enthusiast happy.

3. Solve Alongside:

Now we get to channels where one can sit and learn or can solve the questions alongside(recommended).

a.Khan Academy:

Khan Academy

Starting with the one that possibly started it all.

I will keep this simple, you have a textbook concept then Khan Academy can teach you

The one drawback to it is the feedback system is not that efficient however the video quality and content is leagues ahead.

b.Vedantu:

Vedantu

Vedantu offers amazing courses which help students prepare for exams.

Along with videos they have live streams with amazing teachers helping students understand concepts of different subjects and also giving students a classroom experience.

c. Physics Wallah:

Alakh Pandey- Founder of Physics Wallah

Leaving the corporations behind and coming to one man.

Physics Wallah teaches several concepts clearly and helps students learn by example with important questions and not just concept over concept.

d.Tutor Here:

Tutor Here

Tutor Here is a recent site yet has a plethora of courses in almost every subject there is.

These courses are easily accessible by anyone for free. With each course being easy to understand and applicable for a student of any age. Tutor Here provides a great learning experience.

4. Motivation and Tips:

The final category helps to motivate students after a burnout as well as give tips to help students improve.

a. Better Ideas:

Joey Graceffa- Founder of Better Ideas

Despite not being study related, Better Ideas is an oasis of a channel that teaches its viewers several skills and tips that help them stay happy in Life.

the channel provides a ton of stylized videos that will help the student overcome any burdens he/she may face during their studies.

b. Einzelgänger:

Einzelgänger

This channel makes videos about history and philosphy.

It gives out Life Lessons from some of the most well known historical figures while also tackling their philosophical ideas and their modern implications.

From lessons on Love to Focus, you can find a lot of motivational content on this channel.

c.Matt DiMaio:

Matt DiMaio

Now this is a channel for study tips.

The Channel provides you with a lot of amazing tips which are unbelievably unique and effective.

This is one of the channels you must watch if you find dealing with your text books a chore.

And well there you have it. Some of the best YouTube channels across different categories, each designed to help a student in different ways.

Categories
Education General

5 ways online learning has changed our lives

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

When the pandemic hit us last year, the world was turned upside down. People were left scrambling to adjust to the new reality: virtual workspace and online learning. The transition was anything but smooth. However, it brought upon a wave of change that was unforeseen for at least a few years. Today, we see most of the workforce embracing remote working and millions of students engaging in remote learning platforms. 

This leaves one question to be answered, how is online learning changing our lives and education?

The wave of upcoming EdTech

Before the advent of the pandemic, the EdTech industry was on the rise, with more students opting for online learning platforms over traditional classrooms. However, 2020 has seen a sudden surge in demand for remote learning options. Catering to these needs were several tech companies like BYJU’s, Tencent Classroom, Lark, DingTalk, and more, with new features and services provided to students and parents. 

Wave of online learning platforms
Source/ A wave of online learning platforms

For instance, the collaboration suite Lark offered teachers and students unlimited video conferencing time and other features like smart calendar scheduling, auto-translation, and many more. Similarly, broadcasting giant BBC indulged in online learning through its newly launched series Bitesize Daily, where renowned teachers and celebrities teach students concepts. 

Needless to say, students had quite a lot to say about the efforts taken to ensure a successful online learning process. This wave of EdTech has accelerated the much-needed change in the education and learning process, but not without its challenges.

Challenges and effectiveness of online learning

Online learning may be the future of education. However, the challenges in reaching the true potential of this learning system are plenty. Similarly, the questions over the effectiveness of online learning are very much prevalent today. Three facets are to be considered when looking at the problems of remote learning. 

  • Firstly, many students lack the resources needed to adopt online learning completely. Those from low-income families and backgrounds do not own computers or systems that online classes demand. This is only furthering the gap between the haves and have nots. 
  • Lastly, the variation of the effectiveness of online learning is a matter of concern. While studies show 25-60% more retention in students engaging in remote learning, the numbers vary depending on the age. This is especially true in the case of younger students, who require a more structured approach to learning. 
Online learning challenges
Source/ Lack of resources is the biggest challenge of online learning

These three facets show that refinement is required in the current approach to online learning. Above all, education, as a whole, requires a change, a revolution. 

Rise of a hybrid learning system

The current shift to online learning was unplanned, messy, and insufficient. Students today are facing several issues with the jarring change in the way they learn. However, once things have settled down, the way we perceive education is about to change. 

Currently, with the rise in preference for remote working, the future of a hybrid workforce is brighter than ever. In education, the rise of a hybrid learning system can be slowly but steadily observed throughout the world.

Hybrid learning
Source/ Hybrid learning is the future

So, what is a hybrid learning system? This is a concept that has been around for decades now and received a boost since the pandemic. Hybrid learning combines offline and online learning, alternating between face-to-face classes and online activities. Some of the advantages of this form of education include, 

  • Personalised education
  • Flexibility in learning
  • Instant feedback
  • Improved assessment
  • Saves time and money

From all aspects, the hybrid learning system seems like the education revolution we have all been waiting for. That said, the changes online learning brought into the world of education and our lives go way beyond hybrid learning. 

Online learning bringing a change

Education is in need of a revolution; this much we know. From rote learning and chasing grades to hyper monetization of education, much needs to change in the way we approach learning. The pandemic-induced shift to online learning has shown us exactly where we lack and what changes we need. 

Democracy of education

One of the first changes that the internet, has brought in our lives is the democratization of education. In the modern world, education is not a privilege but a right of every individual. Online learning makes this a reality with increased accessibility. 

Anyone from anywhere can be a learner today. With the increased availability of online learning platforms and courses, one need not be associated with an educational institution to have access to quality education. Similarly, one need not jump the hoops of certification to impart knowledge today. To put it simply, Freedom in Education is no longer a concept but is slowly becoming a reality.

In short, anyone can be a learner and a teacher; this is what motivates us at Tutor Here. With the creative simplification of learning, we wish to build a community that is inspired to learn and share the knowledge they possess. 

Learning beyond borders

Yet another change that online learning brought into education is dissolving the geographical borders that once bound education. Today, a learner from Africa can easily access quality courses from top ivy league universities in the US. Similarly, a teacher from China can easily teach students from halfway across the world in Spain. This increased accessibility is the magic of online learning. 

Personalized online learning

We live in a world of hyper-personalisation borne out of fierce competition in the market. One of the reasons this is a trend in the marketing sector is the love we humans have over personalised services. This applies to education, as well. 

Each student is different, and having a lesson plan tailored to their individual levels can do wonders in retaining knowledge. This is where online learning platforms play a pivotal role in customizing the lesson plans. Not only does personalization allow students to take things at their pace, but it also boosts their confidence as they are no longer being compared to their peers. 

Emancipation of students

In a traditional learning setting, students played the passive role of listening to lectures and taking down relevant notes. Their only source of information was either their professors or books. With the advent of the internet, students are free to look for information they need independently. 

Students are free to learn more
Source/ Students are free to update their knowledge without dependence

This emancipation of students is furthered by the approach online learning takes. Most courses require students to take the lead and do their research. This makes them self-sufficient. Lastly, with several specialization and training courses on digital platforms, students further improve their learning process. 

Taking money out of education

Education is an expensive affair. With the slacking global economy, the gap between people who can afford education and those who can’t is increasing. This is where online learning becomes a saviour. Online courses are significantly less expensive than traditional ones due to the lack of infrastructure costs that colleges and schools add. This makes education affordable. 

However, the highlight of remote learning is free courses that take money out of education. At Tutor Here, we aim to ensure education is accessible to all, regardless of income groups, by curating free courses through a thoughtful compilation of effective learning material.

Summing it up

The global pandemic has affected our lives on all fronts, including education. With students forced to embrace remote learning, the education is seeing an accelerated change. From allowing students to be more self-sufficient and personalizing education to making education accessible to all, online learning brings about a revolution in the world. How ready are we to embrace this change? Time shall tell.