It is no longer news that the advent of the Internet and the World Wide Web has fundamentally altered the practice of learning. You can learn virtually anything today with an Internet enabled Smartphone or electronic device – all you need to know, is a Google search away.

Technology has even made learning better with online learning or eLearning as known in some quarters. According to Wikipedia, eLearning is the use of electronic media, educational technology and information and communication technologies in education. eLearning includes numerous types of media that deliver text, audio, images, animation, and streaming video, and includes technology applications and processes, such as audio or video tape, CD-ROM, and computer-based learning, as well as local intranet/extranet and web-based learning.

Most online learning technologies can be self-paced (asynchronous learning) or may be in real-time and an instructor-led (synchronous learning). Whichever it is, they are well suited to distance learning and flexible learning, but they can also be used in conjunction with face-to-face teaching (blended learning).

There is an avalanche of online courses and platforms today, meaning you can actually acquire any degree or certification in any field of interest, irrespective of your educational background. So, no more excuses; if you feel inadequate with your education qualification, all you need to do is sign-up for a recognised online course right away.

Many know online learning but not social learning. Social media is changing the face of eLearning with the birth of eLearning 2.0 – which is a special type of computer-supported collaborative learning system that modifies with the emergence of Web 2.0 technologies. The eLearning 2.0 stems from an increased emphasis on social learning, where learning is socially constructed through conversations and contents generated on the social web.

The above is an excerpt from my post on the iPunch column of The Punch Newspaper titled Embracing Online and Social Learning” which was published today Thursday, September 4, 2014 both online and in print.

Kindly read the online version of the post here and drop your comments. Cheers :-)

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