The Positive Outcomes of Remote Learning/Work
By Antonietta Marinelli | December 12, 2021
In recent years, our capacity to study and learn remotely has increased. By living in a digital-dominant era, (with the revolution of communication being dictated by the power charge on our mobile phones or the lightening speed of our internet connection) the way we communicate, and process information has changed significantly. Such change has offered a degree of flexibility in the way we study and operate on day-to-day basis and said goodbye to the days of textbooks, and heavy hardcopy documentation.
In many respects remote learning has transitioned from being over-looked, and even underappreciated to an arguably more viable way of delivering and transferring skills and competency. So much so that there is an increasing body of data showing that, on average, students learning online perform slightly better than students who are learning the same material through physical face-to-face instruction (Zambito, 2021).
With the potential benefits of online learning and education continuing to evolve, here are three key reasons why remote learning is primed for growth in 2021 and beyond.
Accessibility and Flexibility
The luxury of being able to CHOOSE where you get to study and work? Amazing. Maybe it’s your couch? Your favorite cafe? Your living room? A shared office space with a friend? The choice is yours.
Online education not only enables the educator to set their own style of virtual learning but allows the student to as well. With the addition of added flexibility of setting a schedule, we can accommodate to our own agendas, managing tasks in our own way. As a result, using an online educational platform allows for a better work-life balance.
Skills and knowledge for the future
Technology is key in today’s age, with the digital age becoming a necessity when entering a new job position, studying a new course or even for every-day use. As well as teaching technology skills for the future, remote learning also helps to promote certain life skills, especially for mature students who are set more solitary work. When remote learning is delivered in an efficient way and received in a secure and stable environment, children stand to learn time management, multi-tasking, responsibility, and independent learning skills, all of which are arguably crucial to exam and later life success (Gabbitas, 2020).
Furthermore, remote learning not only helps pupils understand the education technology available, but when used correctly can also help prepare them for life after school, at university and in the working world. Developing and understanding f technology platforms like Zoom and MS Teams is also useful, not only promoting community when learning remotely, but also increasing understanding of the platforms available so that when pupils eventually come up against them in the working world, they won’t be phased.
Cost and time-effectiveness
There are many opportunities to save on cost and resources when choosing to operate remotely, whether it be for an educational institution, work organisation or individual leisure. Commuting to far-off locations uses up both money, and time. Remote learning eliminates the transportation factor, creating better convenience and increases your time. By working remotely, you save costs on travel, cost on renting out shared spacing/office-space and have greater use of your time.
For any questions about the online learning experience, be sure to head on over and check out one of our student information sessions on our YouTube channel @MentorEducation where we discuss all areas of our courses. Mentor Education gives you the opportunity to expand your horizons remotely and excite your potential with our support and guidance from the beginning until the very end.
• Wexler, N. 2020. For Some, Remote Learning Has Surprising Benefits. Forbes. [Accessed 9 December 2021] For Some, Remote Learning Has Surprising Benefits
• Zambito, V. 2021. The Rise of Remote Learning in 2021. eLearning Industry. [Accessed 8 December 2021 The Rise of Remote Learning in 2021