“Kaka-kompyuter mo ‘yan!” Who can blame you, though? In this time of crisis, how else are we supposed to carry on?
We don’t know when this pandemic will end. It has affected every facet of our lives, especially our education. As the government continues to limit face-to-face interaction, several academic institutions have started transitioning to online platforms.
We’ve been hearing the terms online education, online classes, and a lot more terms with “online” attached to them during this quarantine. We know that these terms are somehow confusing, and we won’t just let you handle this on your own. We got you covered!
Online education is a type of instructional delivery that makes use of the internet. With this mode of learning, students can turn any place with internet access and electricity into a classroom.
Online education includes audio, video, text, animations, virtual training environments, and live chats with professors or instructors. It’s a rich learning environment with much more ﬂexibility than a traditional classroom or face-to-face set-up.
But take note, with this mode of delivery, the teacher and the student don’t need to be online at the same time. The facilitator of the class can just release modules or instructions for the whole duration of engagement, and the student can just work on them at their most convenient time. How awesome is that?
An online class is a course under the online education program you are enrolled in. It is conducted over the internet that follows a learning management system where students can get the course description, the learning objectives, and the schedule of activities throughout the duration of the class. A professor or instructor sets a definite schedule that he can meet with his students via different online platforms where he can conduct classes and interact with students.
Blended learning is more of a flexible type of learning. This combines traditional face-to-face setup with internet-based learning. What’s interesting about this is that you can learn at your own pace!
The Virtual learning environment is the learning management platform. This is where you can find the digital media being used during the duration of your study, including videos, chats, audio, and podcasts. Assignments are submitted through the software package and users are able to communicate with one another.
Mobile learning is a term used to describe the process of learning through mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets, and other wearable devices that anyone can use to engage in such activity.
Educational technology is the term to refer to the tools you use for online learning. It includes images, charts, videos, audio recordings, infographics, educational software, and more. You can find this in a classroom or anywhere with an Internet connection or computer.
When enhanced community quarantine or lockdown was declared, how did your school cope up to make sure that learning is uninterrupted?
During the pandemic, several schools have adapted a flexible way to reach their students and make sure that they are able to work on their own schedule and at their own pace.
To make (your life) things easier, online education is the broader term for the flexible learning that makes use of the internet, while there are other terms to refer to the things associated with it.
While online education and online classes offer flexibility to students (Yes, you don’t have to wake up early in the morning to prep for classes), keep in mind that attending classes online can be draining, too.
Just like in a face-to-face setup or physical classroom, you still have to keep up with the exams and other requirements. Adding to your stress levels is the screen time you need to be to finish each session.
Keep your mental and emotional health in check. Check out this article on ways to keep you sane while attending online classes. (READ: Online School Can Be Stressful Too: Here’s What You Can Do)