The Internet is probably one of the most amazing feats of human technology. Through it, people connect globally to create the largest information network in the world. Basically, anything that a person could possibly know is on the Internet somewhere and, because of this, people have been able to pursue knowledge in areas that they would never have otherwise known.
If a person wants to learn how to bake cookies, the Internet can teach a recipe. If a person wants to learn about the French Revolution, the Internet can provide historical information. If a person wants to know what the Great Wall of China looks like, the Internet can show a picture. In some ways, the Internet is only limited by one’s thirst for knowledge.
However, the Internet is not perfect. The large problem with information on the Internet is that not all of it is useful. There are a lot of sites that have unreliable information and lack credible sources. Social media has complicated this even more because now incorrect information can spread to millions instantly. Those who are not experts within areas of knowledge masked by false information tend to have a hard time discerning between what is real and what is fake. Because of this, information on the Internet can construct a confusing narrative for those for looking to learn.
eLearning is a way this issue can be solved. In simplistic terms, eLearning is education through technology. Instead of getting an education in a classroom, one learns through the Internet. What makes eLearning information different from the Internet’s normal information is that it aims to be credible. Most eLearning sites are created for the sake of providing knowledge for those who want it. The curriculums are constructed by experts within their relevant fields, so the information can be trusted and can help people pursue their interests and careers. Depending on the circumstances, the education provided through an eLearning site could be better than that of regular schooling.
A lot of people use eLearning for its convenience compared to that of classroom education. It can be done anywhere as long as a person has Internet access. It can also save people a lot more time and is based more around the learner’s schedule. Anyone can learn at their own pace and a large variety of fields of information are taught through eLearning.
Organizations such as School Group are working to provide global education opportunities. They are interested in having teachers, students, and artificial intelligence (AI) educate to enable everyone to have a fair opportunity in the pursuit of learning.
Knowledge is an important part of life and the Internet is great place for it to flourish. But when there is false information littering the Internet, information basically becomes worthless to those who have no idea if it is true or not. eLearning solves most of those problems, allowing people to get the education they deserve and dip into the passions they care about.
While eLearning has grown significantly as the latest development in education, traditional platforms can often isolate learners from their peers by only offering one-to-one (teacher-to-student) virtual classrooms. Not only does this prevent peer collaboration, but many other students face technological and philosophical obstacles, such as a lack of computer literacy, Internet connectivity, time management, and self motivation.
To help overcome these obstacles, School Group has developed a global eLearning platform that connects students from around the world. With a goal to develop peer-driven, collaborative work, School Group is empowering educators around the world by providing a more realistic model that enhances the traditional eLearning platform and builds a community of lifelong learners.
(Chris Shaddock is an aspiring journalist and novelist. Currently he is a senior at DeSales University and is majoring in communications, as well as minoring in journalism. He is editor-in-chief of his school’s newspaper, The Minstrel.)