We have to give credit to technological advancement for transforming online education. It’s a convenient form of studying because it accommodates people who want to further their education but may not have time to attend a conventional class. Thanks to technology, education is now easy for people with busy schedules. Many devices and gadgets have enhanced online studies, making them worthwhile and beneficial for new and returning students.

Video Conferencing

Smart televisions and video conferencing have made a big impact on online education. Through video conferencing, a student can listen to a lecture or speak directly to their professor. Plus, many smart televisions have video conferencing capabilities, so all you have to do it turn it on. This allows a professor to visually demonstrate concepts that might have been hard to understand when taught verbally. Video conferencing has opened up so many doors that now even engineering, as well as more practical-oriented courses, are offered online. Students are able to be an active participant online, just like in a physical classroom. Plus, if a student needs clarification on something, they can easily ask a question in this online, interactive lesson.

Podcasts

Students can now experience their classes through podcasts.
Podcasts let students learn while they’re on the go.

Podcasting is another type of technology that gives students an advantage in online studies. The professor establishes what information their students need to learn, then creates a podcast and sends it out to them. These days, podcasts don’t only exist on iPods. You can listen to them through Internet-enabled devices, such as your computer or smartphone. It’s really easy to produce material for podcasts, as all you need is to decide whether you want to record audio or video. For audio, you only need a microphone and recording capabilities – then you’ll be good to go. On the other hand, a digital camera is all one needs to record a video podcast.

Not only can podcasts reach every student in real time, but they can be accessed again later on via an upload link. Subscribers usually receive a notification by email when a podcast has been uploaded. In some cases, students receive iPads or laptops with all the necessary notes so they don’t have to ask their professor for them. However, the professor will always be available if they have any questions.

Digital Communication

Besides the lessons themselves, students and professors are able to share valuable experiences with one another. This is an important avenue in social and professional interaction. More and more students prefer to use social media and other platforms to not only share their experiences, but also learn from each other. A few examples include emails, chat boxes, and social media chat groups such as WhatsApp and Facebook. Many of these allow people to chat with each other in real time about their assignments. While online studies can be hard, technology makes them possible.