Learning online is more than just taking your classroom materials and putting them up online – it is a re-conceptualization of how you achieve your learning and enhance your skills with your comfort.
Let’s take a quick look at Ten Myths identified by GrowPLE.in that you may have come across while exploring your interest in learning online.
Myth 1# How Can I learn when I do not see my Teacher?
GrowPLE.in says:Yes, Teacher is available more than physical sessions. Teacher can also be seen if he/she wishes to be seen.
Your teacher, is in fact more available for you online since he or she is able to track your engagement level, as to what extent you are understanding the facts of the programme. Teacher can also be seen if he or she opts to being seen.
Myth 2# I can ask questions or have doubt clearing with teacher?
GrowPLE.in says:You can ask question, raise hands, ask to repeat and do much more.
Online Teaching is not a recorded programme, you can actually stop the teacher, raise your hand , of course virtually, ask the teacher to repeat a particular line, or show a particular content again. It's as good as sitting in a class.
Myth 3# I can leave during the session, teacher will not be aware of this?
GrowPLE.in says:Sorry but you can't, your availability is being tracked by the teacher and the software.
Disappointing but, no you can't leave the session without the knowledge of teacher, the system tracks your availability and moreover, who will answer the questions raised by teacher during the session. Remember it’s a 2 way communication going on.
Myth 4# I don’t know the fellow students and to what extent they are gaining from the session?
GrowPLE.in says:You get to know your fellow students, teacher and Programme coordinator will help you on this.
You will know, who is learning with you, to what extent they are learning, it’s an engaging way of learning since the questions answered by your fellow students are also being shared with you and vice verse.
Myth 5# Online Learning is Costly, It needs loads of setup and very high speed connection?
GrowPLE.in says:Not at all. Online Learning is very cost effective, requires same connection which you use for watching YouTube videos and Netflix movies.
Talking about cost, online learning is 25% to 60% less than face to face sessions. You do not need to go out and spend travel cost even. Infrastructure and speed, if you can watch this video you have got it all. To be clear on this, what you need is a laptop or even a mobile, and a connections which is same as what you use to see Netflix movies.
Myth6# Online Learning is a hi-tech thing, I am not as tech savvy to handle this.
GrowPLE.in says:You need not be tech savvy, if you can switch channels on your TV remote, you are more than required to start learning online.
People who are in their 80's and kids who have not even reached high school are also learning online, it's as simple as switching a TV channels. You need not be a wizard to start learning online.
Myth 7 # No Point Learning Online, I have access to face to face sessions.
GrowPLE.in says:Face to Face sessions are good but online learning will enhance your scope of exposure several folds.
Imagine an expert teacher from IIT Kanpur is available to teach you right in your study desk, at your home in Bangalore. What's more you are learning with co learners throughout India, getting their views and perspectives. For sure, online learning will enhance your scope of exposure several folds.
Myth8 # Online Learning has no scope of Course material sharing, even white board its not there.
GrowPLE.in says: White Board is very well there, along with PPT, PDF Docs, images. Videos and also the live screen of teacher.
Technology has sorted this all. You can really see what your teacher is writing on white board, you can see images, videos docs, excels and even you can see the screen of your teacher.
Myth 9# Interacting with online Teacher is a not easy.
GrowPLE.in says:Its more simple than you think, you can voice talk and chat in open and 1 to 1 with your teacher.
You can talk in voice to your teacher, chat to him or her. And you can do it 1 to1 with the teacher or in common where everyone can listen or see your communication. Only that you can't your birthday cake with teacher, no tech for that so far.
Myth 10# There is no assessments test in online sessions.
GrowPLE.in says: There is a well organised assessment test in online session which is properly evaluated.
An assessment test, is scheduled during or on completion of session, which you, as a student have to solve and submit. Sorry but that can't be skipped.