How Covid-19 is Changing the eLearning Industry?

2020-07-30 09:24:27

<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:12.0pt;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 12.0pt;margin-left:0cm"><span style="font-family: Montserrat;"></span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="font-family: Montserrat;">Even though this will probably come off as a </span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-size: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; font-family: Montserrat;">cliché</span><span style="font-family: Montserrat;">, we have to start things off by simply reminding you just how important learning is for every single individual on this planet. We're not talking about the days of memorizing the alphabet, struggling with integrals in high school, or advanced math in college. We're talking about a lifelong process of constantly learning new things and improving ourselves generally.&nbsp;</span></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:12.0pt;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 12.0pt;margin-left:0cm"><span style="font-family: Montserrat;">The reason for that is simply the fact that any kind of personal growth requires you to possess one very important skill, and that skill is, you guessed it, learning. Ever since we were brought to this world, we were faced with constant obstacles that we could only overcome by learning new things. By growing up, these obstacles became more and more challenging, which showed us that we indeed have to constantly improve ourselves in any way possible and learn by any means necessary.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:12.0pt;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 12.0pt;margin-left:0cm"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Montserrat;">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:12.0pt;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 12.0pt;margin-left:0cm"><b style="font-size: 0.9rem;"><i><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size: 24px; font-family: Montserrat;">eLearning Pre-COVID-19</span></i></b></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:12.0pt;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 12.0pt;margin-left:0cm"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="font-family: Montserrat;"><br></span></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:12.0pt;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 12.0pt;margin-left:0cm"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="font-family: Montserrat;">Before this pandemic, eLearning was, objectively speaking, doing pretty well. Thanks to the constant improvement of modern technology, we were able to give everyone a chance to learn anything they wanted. That's a huge step forward compared to a time where the only chance you had to learn something was in elementary/high school, or in the best-case scenario, college. Don't get us wrong, that's a natural process, and that's a good thing. But, the problem with this is the fact that once we're done with high-school, or college, we're faced with a problem of not being able to improve at our job because we don't have anything new to learn.</span><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:12.0pt;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 12.0pt;margin-left:0cm"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="font-family: Montserrat;">Luckily, everything started to change at the very beginning of the 21st century. People realized that it's essential that we start exploring the field of eLearning, and the more we explored, the more we liked it. Long story short, we didn't stop until we transformed eLearning into a thing of beauty that's incomprehensibly important to all of us.</span><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:12.0pt;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 12.0pt;margin-left:0cm"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="font-family: Montserrat;">But, the question that remains is, how exactly is everything holding up during the pandemic, and how COVID-19 is changing e-learning?</span><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:12.0pt;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 12.0pt;margin-left:0cm"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Montserrat;">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:12.0pt;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 12.0pt;margin-left:0cm"><b><i><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:16.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="font-family: Montserrat; font-size: 24px;">COVID-19: Once in a lifetime opportunity</span><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:12.0pt;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 12.0pt;margin-left:0cm"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Montserrat;">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:12.0pt;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 12.0pt;margin-left:0cm"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="font-family: Montserrat;">We know that this sounds like a bad joke, but when you think about the true essence of eLearning, you have to admit that COVID-19 isn't all bad. The virus itself is indeed horrible, however, because of the global lockdown, everyone starts to realize just how important education is for all of us, not just kids and teenagers. </span><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:12.0pt;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 12.0pt;margin-left:0cm"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="font-family: Montserrat;">The first problem that comes with the lockdown is, as we stated, the fact that students are getting "robbed" of months and months of education. The second problem is that, according to their parents, they have way too much free time on their hands, which they aren't using to be productive in any way possible. </span><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:12.0pt;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 12.0pt;margin-left:0cm"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="font-family: Montserrat;">The best solution for both of these problems is, of course, eLearning. It doesn't matter that no one can leave the house, everything that your kid needs to learn new and useful things is a PC/Smartphone and an internet connection, that's it. But, another thing that we need to keep in mind is that students aren't the only ones "suffering" right now.</span><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:12.0pt;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 12.0pt;margin-left:0cm"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="font-family: Montserrat;">One of the worst things about this virus is that millions and millions of people have unfortunately lost their jobs. They can't pay their bills, they don't know if they'll be able to afford their next meal and because of all of that, they're forced to take loans that put them in the even worse situation. This is where eLearning comes handy. Instead of wasting valuable time laying around being unproductive, you can learn new things on a platform of your choice, which helps you tremendously. This means that once the virus is gone, you will have new options when it comes to applying for new jobs. Or, if you're good with your new field of expertise, you can even do some freelance stuff shortly after you're done with the course. It's a win-win situation no matter how you look at it. </span><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:12.0pt;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 12.0pt;margin-left:0cm"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Montserrat;">Now, even though we haven't directly answered the question "How COVID-19 is changing eLearning" if you paid close attention to what we were discussing earlier, you'll see that the answer is basically crystal clear. Considering that schools, colleges, and pretty much every other educational institution are on lockdown, we realize that eLearning is our only option. Think about it, it's cheaper compared to classroom learning, it's way safer because of the whole "social distancing" situation, you can learn anything you want, not just the thing you have to learn because of your school's curriculum, and last but not least, you won't waste months and months of your precious time, depending on how long this lockdown will last for. But, if you're still kind of suspicious about all of this, we will go through some of the pros and cons of eLearning, so you can decide yourself if COVID-19 is changing eLearning for better or for worse.</span><span lang="EN-US"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:12.0pt;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 12.0pt;margin-left:0cm"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Montserrat;">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:12.0pt;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 12.0pt;margin-left:0cm"><b><i><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:16.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="font-family: Montserrat; font-size: 24px;">Advantages of eLearning</span><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:12.0pt;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 12.0pt;margin-left:0cm"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Montserrat;">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:12.0pt;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 12.0pt;margin-left:0cm"><b><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:14.0pt;font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="font-family: Montserrat;">Anywhere, Anytime, Anyone </span><o:p></o:p></span></b></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:12.0pt;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 12.0pt;margin-left:0cm"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="font-family: Montserrat;">First things first, we have to talk about probably the biggest advantage of eLearning, and that's availability. Just think about how big of a deal it is to be able to access your courses, lectures, etc. anytime and anywhere you want, 24/7. When you add to this the fact that this isn't just limited to students, but pretty much to everyone willing to learn, you get a whole package.</span><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:12.0pt;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 12.0pt;margin-left:0cm"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Montserrat;">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:12.0pt;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 12.0pt;margin-left:0cm"><b><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:14.0pt;font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="font-family: Montserrat;">Significant Cost Savings</span><o:p></o:p></span></b></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:12.0pt;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 12.0pt;margin-left:0cm"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="font-family: Montserrat;">Another important thing that we have to consider when we're talking about education is, of course, money. Let's be honest, in this day and age, education isn't that cheap. Even though that might not be the case for a small amount of worldwide population, when we take into consideration the cost of food, transport, books, etc., we realize that we're spending a significant amount of money just so we can get educated and eventually get a degree.</span><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:12.0pt;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 12.0pt;margin-left:0cm"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="font-family: Montserrat;">Don't get us wrong, we're not saying that everyone should skip school, and start taking online courses from the age of 7, of course not. We're simply stating the going to school costs way too much. That's why, in every situation possible, we have to "take advantage" of eLearning. Online courses, lectures, etc., generally cost way less than classroom learning, which brings us to the conclusion that we have to take every opportunity we get to save money by learning stuff online instead of taking every class we get offered at school. </span><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:12.0pt;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 12.0pt;margin-left:0cm"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Montserrat;">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:12.0pt;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 12.0pt;margin-left:0cm"><b><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:14.0pt;font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="font-family: Montserrat;">Express Your Opinion</span><o:p></o:p></span></b></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:12.0pt;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 12.0pt;margin-left:0cm"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="font-family: Montserrat;">One of the biggest problems with classroom learning is that students are too scared to express their opinion. Even though this might seem silly, it's a fact that many students suffer from anxiety, which ultimately leads to them not being able to say what they truly want. This is a huge problem, firstly because them not expressing enough affects their grades, and eventually, they'll struggle with communication further in their life, which is even worse.</span><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:12.0pt;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 12.0pt;margin-left:0cm"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="font-family: Montserrat;">This is where eLearning steps up and becomes more than handy. When you're able to follow a lecture online, you can ask and say anything you want without being afraid of someone mocking you. As a result, you have students who develop both their communication skills and general knowledge simply by talking to a tutor and other students without the fear of rejection.</span><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:12.0pt;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 12.0pt;margin-left:0cm"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Montserrat;">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:12.0pt;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 12.0pt;margin-left:0cm"><b><i><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:16.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="font-family: Montserrat; font-size: 24px;">Disadvantages of eLearning</span><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:12.0pt;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 12.0pt;margin-left:0cm"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="font-family: Montserrat;"><br></span></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:12.0pt;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 12.0pt;margin-left:0cm"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="font-family: Montserrat;">When it comes to disadvantages of eLearning, we don't really have too much stuff to talk about. The only two things that come to our mind are possible social isolation and cheating. </span><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:12.0pt;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 12.0pt;margin-left:0cm"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="font-family: Montserrat;">Social isolation can be a problem, especially if eLearning is your primary source of knowledge and you don't go to school at all, however, this can all be resolved by good time management. All you need to do is to make a schedule where you clearly state how many hours per day you'll reserve for learning, and you can use the rest of the day however you want.</span><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:12.0pt;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 12.0pt;margin-left:0cm"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="font-family: Montserrat;">On the other hand, cheating is a serious problem, which can't be resolved that easily. Sure, you can put your faith in your students, you can use software that detects any kind of foul play, but, let's be honest, people who want to cheat will find a way to cheat, regardless of everything you try to do in order to prevent it. The only thing you need to keep in mind is that ultimately, people who cheat will sadly only hurt themselves by thinking they know something that they actually don't.</span><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:12.0pt;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 12.0pt;margin-left:0cm"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: Montserrat;">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:12.0pt;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 12.0pt;margin-left:0cm"><b><i><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:16.0pt; font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="font-family: Montserrat; font-size: 24px;">Conclusion</span><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:12.0pt;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 12.0pt;margin-left:0cm"><span style="font-family: Montserrat;"> </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:12.0pt;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 12.0pt;margin-left:0cm"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="font-family: Montserrat;"><br></span></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:12.0pt;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom: 12.0pt;margin-left:0cm"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="font-family: Montserrat;">Now that we've covered most things that we need to know about eLearning and its correlation with Covid-19, we come to our conclusion. Our final verdict is that Covid-19 is changing eLearning for the better. It's sad that many bad things are happening worldwide, but one good thing has happened and that one good thing is the fact that more and more people are realizing just how important eLearning is for all of us, especially in the time like this. If we're lucky, things are only going to get even better. Hopefully, big companies will start to invest more money into eLearning systems, which ultimately leads to higher quality products, that all of us can use in order to learn things easier than ever before.&nbsp;</span><o:p></o:p></span></p>

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