1. What are the benefits of online learning?
Benefits of online learning-
a) Convenience- The students can log on anytime of day or night to complete their coursework.
b) Self-paced learning – The beauty of online learning is that students are in charge of their learning pace.
c) Variety of presentation -In an online classroom, the lecture is broken into small, digestible pieces where key concepts and vocabulary are highlighted, and activities are dispersed throughout the lesson to keep students actively engaged.
d) Affordable Option- Learning through digital mediums is quite economical when compared to coaching classes.
e) Encourages Self-learning- Children who use digital mediums for learning like live interactive classes, recorded video lectures etc. become more engaged in their studies.
f) Helps Achieving Dreams Digitally- Whether your child wants to prepare for competitive exams or wants to take guitar lessons, he/she can learn it all with online courses.
g) E-Study Materials Means No Mess at Home – Online coaching classes offer comprehensive study material on digital platforms.
h) Ensures Safety – With online courses, parents’ concerns related to their child’s security also gets alleviated by the benefit of coaching at home.
2. Is online school easier than a traditional classroom?
In short, no. The workload for online and offline classes is the same. Just because a class is online doesn’t mean it’s less rigorous. Online students often have interactive lessons requiring them to respond to questions throughout the instruction and perform tasks to prove their understanding.
A good virtual program is so much more than a textbook on a screen. Quality learning providers are offering courses with on-screen teachers and interactive, multimedia-rich instruction that utilizes graphics, simulations, and props.
3. How can I help and support my student with his or her online learning?
a) Encourage open communication – The foundation of parental engagement comes from the parents’ ability to facilitate communication and nurture close and trusting relationships with their student.
b) Boost self-motivation – An online program provides students with great flexibility, but with that flexibility comes responsibility.
c) Check student progress – Depending on your child’s age, it’s helpful for parents to be aware of their student’s progress and looming deadlines to ensure he is working on pace.
4. How do I help my child feel connected with his or her teacher?
Many students are too shy or embarrassed to raise their hands in a traditional classroom, but the virtual classroom allows students to ask questions anytime throughout the lesson or assignment, and get a quick response without thinking about how they appear in front of their peers. Furthermore, many virtual programs offer on-demand tutoring, so students can get the help they need right when they need it. Students can also contact their teachers during office hours to discuss questions or concerns regarding the content or their progress in the course.
5. How do I ensure my student’s academic integrity?
Parents play a pivotal role in their children’s academic success, regardless of how the instruction is delivered. After all, parents are their children’s learning role models, so be sure to wield that power with caution and help inspire positive thinking toward education. Offer your support and encouragement, and be sure to turn to the experts 6 (teachers and tutors) when you are out of your league. No one expects a parent to teach their child quantum physics, but asking your student what he learned and encouraging him to teach you something particularly interesting can help reinforce their learning. This interaction is invaluable and especially important if you choose online education for your child.