Online Learning Pyramid

Voted by students the No1 Preferred option is Live Online classes mixed with
simulated content via an online learning platform – Source CMI – April 2020.

Students beware, you may not be getting what you think online.

When looking at new online courses, it can be confusing when you see what appears to be the same course being offered at two different prices from two different colleges. One course is more expensive than another, in some cases by 100’s of euro.

So you read more and convince yourself you are getting a bargain as the cheaper course appears identical.

So you sign up for the cheaper course.

When you access the cheaper course, you see you get access to an online platform that provides course notes and a deadline to submit your work. There is a name given of a tutor you can contact. So a few weeks of reading and self study, you feel it is time to contact your tutor and there is no response. A few more emails and finally you get a short response. Your motivation is beginning to fade as you realise, you are on your own with very little support.

You being to think it would have been better to attend normal classes in a real college environment, at least then you would be encouraged and motivated by not only your teacher but fellow students.

It begins to dawn on you why the first course you chose was cheaper.  You go back to the second option again and see that it was more expensive and read again what they were offering.

They were offering live online classes every week.

That sounds like attending classes in a college, except you dont have to commute from work, eat and travel back home. This second college that was more expensive is offering you weekly classes online. You can speak to the teacher directly and talk to fellow students via public chat.

You can do this from the comfort of your own home.

Now the second option is beginning to sound much better, and now the price doesn’t seem to deter you, as you know having that weekly attendance will motivate you to succeed and complete the course.

Put it down as an experience, one mistake you wont make again.

When choosing online courses don’t compare the course name, but compare how it is delivered. There is a real difference out there. Ask what are you actually getting?

Voted No 1 – Live Online Classes – LOC

What are Live online classes ?

Since the Covid 19 pandemic, these have become very popular with advances in technology. Live online classes or sometimes referred to as virtual classrooms enable organizations to deliver training or classes in the form of text, video and documents in real time. Courses can be delivered from anywhere, and learners can attend the session from wherever they are located

LOC is the most effective way to teach learners when there is no dedicated venue, or the learners (and instructor) are geographically dispersed.

Voted No 2 – E Learning

What is E-Learning?

E-learning is a popular form of training delivery where a mix of text audio and video; discussion forums; and/or interactive assessment is set out.

E-learning is a good option when learners dont want to attend classes week online, but instead do simulated quizzes on content or videos

3. What is Mobile Learning?

64% of learners say that using a mobile device to access training content is “essential/very useful,” and 89% of smartphone users download apps for learning or productivity.

Mobile learning, is increasingly offered by leading organizations due to the host of benefits it offers, including the ability to deliver training anytime, anywhere and on any device and in the form of microlearning, short how-to videos, social learning and other engaging formats. While best suited to the needs of the on-the-go or field workforce, mobile learning is also popular in offices. In some cases, the nature of the industry (e.g., oil and mining) involves work at locations with no internet connection too, making an offline mobile learning app or platform the go-to solution.

4. What is Blended Learning?

With blended learning , colleges can leverage a combination of approaches, ensuring that every learner retains information. A blended learning approach is perfect as it provides the benefits of weekly online classes and the simulated e learning environment talked about earlier.  It provides a reported structure on learner activity both in the online classroom and within the activities on the online platform.