Why study online ?
Why Online Education?
Technology is everywhere. Our lives are now intertwined with the use of technology and its
benefits that sometimes it is difficult to imagine life without a mobile phone, tablet or the
internet. We see and interact with technology almost everywhere from a grocery store to
driving to when speaking to friends and family. Avid Gamers would recognise that Virtual
Reality is the next step in Gaming and for an educationist like me I am convinced that Online
Learning is the next big thing. As we progress in our careers, the process of continuous
learning becomes important as it helps you acquire skills, knowledge and abilities. In order to
stay ahead, people are taking up vocational courses which help develop skills. The reasons
for study or learning have not changed much but certainly, the platform and location of
learning have moved to ONLINE. The availability of resources, digital technology has made
learning online possible almost anywhere in the world.
As an award-winning online provider of education, we have seen first-hand the take-up
online education. The technology has changed the way education is delivered. The learners
are no-longer interested in sitting in a classroom but looking to acquire skills and learning in
their day-to-day environment using the technology. Courses 4 U started off as a distance
learning provider of further education courses but in 2016 we introduced Blended Learning
Using Virtual classroom technology and Webinars we transformed learning for our learners.
Suddenly the learners had access to tutors, and lessons at a click of a button and at their own
convenience on any smart device. The smart device here refers to phone, tablet, PC or Mac.
This increased our interaction with learners, and we interacted with them in their natural
settings. The interest and take up of courses have gradually increased and the flexibility of
joining the session from anywhere at any time has allowed our learners to achieve the
qualification in high numbers. As a provider of education, Courses 4 U has 95% completion
rate for courses.
Learning is Social
Having spoken to thousands of learners, I believe that online learning has removed all
barriers for anyone looking to gain an education. Blended Learning has assured a new
paradigm in the delivery of education at Courses 4 U. The change from classroom to virtual
classroom, examination to the assessment-based system has been gradual but is now a reality
and the new norm at Courses 4 U. Courses 4 U today has learners from different countries
and is expanding and looking for like-minded partners who share the vision of making
learning social. As a provider we use Social Media to teach, deliver and impart training to our
Courses 4 U as a provider of further education courses is now an accredited centre for ATHE,
OTHM,and offers a range of qualification (RQF Level 3-8) in Accounting, Business,
Computing, Digital Marketing, Education, Healthcare, Hospitality, Tourism and Teaching.
The author of this article has extensive experience in further education and has worked for
Pearson and NCFE. As an active teacher, he is continuously striving to make his dream of
providing and delivering education online to everyone who is on the quest to learn.
Ramanjeet Singh, PCGHE