Online Learning

7 Alasan Mengapa Online Learning akan menjadi Trend Pendidikan kedepan

Bicara tentang online learning, saya jadi teringat dengan obrolan saya dengan seorang professor dari tempat saya mengambil program sarjarah, kebetulan beliau merupakan dosen pembimbing Tugas Akhir saya. Waktu itu tidak sengaja kami bertemu di badara Halim Perdana Kusuma Jakarta, ketika kami sama-sama menunggu penerbangan, beliau ke Surabaya sementara saya mau ke Jogja.

Dalam obrolan tersebut saya sempat menyinggung tentang trend anak muda sekarang yang lebih suka membuka usaha sendiri, atau bahasa kerennya bikin startup atau bekerja di perusahaan Startup besar macam Gojek/Grab, Tokopedia dan Bukapalak.

Melanjutkan lagi obrolan kami, saya menanyakan pendapat beliau tentang trend pendidikan kedepan seperti apa. Mengingat sekarang ini berbagai macam bisnis sudah banyak yang terdisrupsi oleh perusahaan rintisan dibidang teknologi. Katakanlah Gojek dan Grab membuat geger bisnis per-taxi-an dan juga ojek pangkalan. Tokopedia, Bukapalak, Blibli, Lazada dan sebangsanya membuat para peretail besar seperti Hero, Matahari kehilangan banyak omset, pusat perbelanjaan IT seperti glodok dijakarta, THR Hitech mall di surabaya perlahan menghembuskan nafas terakhirnya.

Saya mengatakan bukan tidak mungkin hal ini juga akan merembet ke sektor pendidikan. Tapi waktu itu beliau bersikukuh di pendidikan masih belum bisa. Karena menurut beliau yang bisa mengakses ke teknologi dan internet itu tidak dari semua kalangan. Banyak anak-anak pintar diluar sana yang ingin belajar. Dan tugas dari univesitas negeri adalah untuk membantu pemerintah memberikan kesetaraan pendidikan untuk semua kalangan.

Dan diskusipun berakhir ketika saya mendapat panggilan untuk masuk kedalam pesawat. Beberapa minggu setelah itu, hasil pemilu presiden diumumkan, dan pak Jokowi terpilih kembali melanjutkan periode ke 2 menjadi presiden. Dan yang mengejutkan adalah ditunjuknya Nadiem Makarim sebagai Mentri Pendidikan. Sontak saya langsung berpikir, ini pasti ada perubahan di pendidikan di indonesia. Terpikir pertama kali adalah digitalisasi, baik dari sistem pengajaran maupun pengelolaan administratif jaringan pendidikan.

Sementara itu diluar sana, Udemy, Coursera, dan Universitas-universitas Top dunia sudah mulai meluncurkan online learninig mereka. Mereka menawarkan banyak keuntungan dan efektifitas dalam belajar. Di Indonesia, Nadiem mulai menetapkan aksinya, pembayaran sudah bisa menggunakan dompet digital, pembelajaran mandiri dan lain-lain.

Dan tibalah pandemi Covid-19 yang memaksa peta pendidikan nasional. Yang awalnya sangat tradisional menjadi terpaksa menggunakan fasilitas pendidikan online / online learning. Bahkan semua kalangan baik yang kaya maupun yang miskin menggunakan fasilitas yang sama.

Saya langsung teringat statemen dosen saya, bahwa disruption untuk pendidikan masih lama waktunya menjadi gugur. Kadang perubahan itu dilakukan karena terpaksa.

Online learning ini selain untuk pendidikan formal berjenjang, juga membawa banyak manfaat dan menurut saya akan menjadi trend kedepannya, apa itu?

Woman happy doinng Online Learning
Woman happy with online learning

Berikut ini 7 alasan mengapa online learning atau online education akan menjadi trend :

1. Online Learning is Cost Effective

Ask anyone with more than a passing interest in emerging trends in education today. “I can’t go back to school.” You can expect this kind of response. You don’t have to go back to school. You can learn online without setting foot in the classroom again. Online education brings learning to where you are.

You want a good income and excellent job security. Online education is your ticket to a life of financial freedom by choice. “Why is that?” you ask. Online education is cost-effective. It is also affordable and flexible.

2. Online Learning is Flexible

You are in control of the learning process. Regulate the schedule. Move fast or slow down without interfering with other students’ progress or the instructor’s teaching style.

Online education provides flexibility. Go over learning materials, watch video learning materials, listen to audiobooks over and over again. Get the most out of the course while maintaining a good work and study balance. Studies reveal that 46% of online students also attend brick-and-mortar education establishments. The reasons for enrolling online as well as at physical education institutions vary. The most common one is unavoidable circumstances.

Not all online courses meet specific individual student’s needs. Special courses such as sign language and physical exercise require presence. Emotions and mood dynamics tied to sign language demand physical presence for fast effective learning. That is another area where online education flexibility comes in handy.

3. Online Learning Dapat diakses kapanpun dan dimanapun

Shops don’t close online. The internet is on 24/7, all year round. Online education is available and accessible to everyone on a tablet, smartphone, laptop, or personal computer. Regardless of age, gender, or race, online education is accessible via equipment with internet connectivity. Budgeting the annual cost of online education is essential for identifying financial aid for funding online programs.

4. Online Learning menawarkan banyak pilihan program

The demand for online education has increased in the last decade for very good reasons. This increase has, in turn, tripled student enrollment. One simple and pure reason for this is a rapid change in education.

The world has gone digital.

Technological advancements are turning passive consumers into active producers. Online education is the driver. Moving upwards in the corporate world requires improved knowledge and skills in the industry, the kind online education offers. Quality knowledge and skills gained from online education are the ticket to climbing up the ladder of employment success.

5. Online Learning Menghemat Waktu, Energi dan Sumber Daya

It takes half the time to graduate online. You can clear a graduate school degree program that runs for two years in less than one year. You want to graduate from a higher institution of learning in the shortest time possible.

Sam went deaf late in life and was forced to drop out of graduate studies. He is currently pursuing his dream career through online education. Sam’s story is similar to many online education success stories. This could be your story in the near future, provided you enroll to study online today. You save time, energy, and resources.

6. Online Learning dibuat khusus untuk memenuhi kebutuhan individual

Online education makes you worth more to an employer. You apply what you learn on the job right away. Online education teaches you how to manage time effectively and efficiently. Remember, you are responsible for putting time management measures in place to reduce time, energy, and resources waste. This is another reason why online education is tailor-made to suit your individual needs.

7. Online Learning diakui secara Internasional dan Menarik

One of the hardest tasks in education is to predict a learning trend and how it will meet the need to match future expectations. Colleen Ward’s, professor and head of psychology at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, 2001 research outcome linked “impact of international students on domestic students and host institutions” to three primary stages of learning, namely, evaluation, emphasis, and expectations.

“Evaluation,” Dr. J.C. Maxwell wrote in Thinking for a Change, “takes precedence over the normal learning process…you’re able to put the experience into perspective.”

Online education provides excellent career and employment opportunities to students of all ages. 69% of students acknowledge that employment is the primary goal of online education. This figure comes from the latest survey conducted of 450 school administrators and 1,500 students in the United States of America.

However, online education is not without challenges. The provision of support to students and instructors is one of many challenges online education faces. Another online education challenge is a lack of robust internet infrastructure. These, together with other challenges, present the biggest online education hurdle in countries struggling with economic development. Marketing online education programs to meet student enrollment goals is a third challenge facing virtual institutions.  A number of interventions are in place to make online learning effective for achieving online education’s overall goal.

Take Away

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot has been accomplished in making online education available and accessible to provide a wide range of tailor-made, flexible courses at cost-effective prices. These measures are geared toward the international recognition of online education.

Whether you’re a student, self-employed, or working full time, making progress to specialize in a career or area of interest is essential. You don’t have to give up your day job. Enroll in online courses to increase productivity and double your income today.

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