Online and remote education sure was essential before the pandemic. For example, it provided learning opportunities for such audiences as adult learners who cannot enroll in full-time education plans at the universities due to work or other circumstances. It was also a go-to option for people living in remote areas for whom attendance would mean covering substantial distances, and so on.
However, it is becoming a major trend since social distancing became one of the cornerstone measures to stop the spread. For many learners as well as for the businesses in the education domain going online becomes the primary option. In this article, SOLVVE is going to discuss how online education became a new turf to start and grow businesses fast and what are its benefits.
Social Distancing as a Catalyst
Social distancing disrupted our daily communication patterns, including education. While the old teaching environments and modes cannot be used, the industry fell somewhat short of readymade solutions. But not because there were non, but because there are two main challenges in adopting them.
Firstly, there is a human resources issue. While technically there can be enough teachers and instructors to cover for offline courses, there will most probably a shortage of properly trained professionals when classes move online. Not all teachers have enough skills and training to provide remote educational services. Students as well, might not be familiar with online learning environments, software, and practices.
Delivering material through online lectures, distributing and collecting assignments, running seminars and tests, etc. will require the restructuring of materials and employment of new teaching methods. Those who are already savvy with the methodology and technology will have to cover for those who are not. Thus, some teachers will be overwhelmed.
Secondly, not all educational institutions and students have relevant technology at their disposal to engage in online classes. Depending on the availability of funds at the institution and its readiness to transfer the processes online, some of them might hesitate to revamp the existing model or build an educational service online from scratch online to keep up with the trend. However, there are numerous business benefits in doing so. Let inspect them one by one.
Benefits of Online Education for Service Providers
Delivering educational services on sight requires only to set up a location with equipped classrooms, but also to consider traveling times and expenses for both teachers and class attendees. Not to mention all sorts of related expenses. Take, for example, paper and printers to create handouts or maintaining a coffee area, etc.
If you take your education services online as a provider, there sure will be associated expenses as well. For example, creating a tutoring platform or developing a language learning app. However, from a long-term perspective, such initial investments are relatively fast to return. If we continue with our printed handout examples, there is no need to buy, or print new materials and books every time a new batch of students enters a track or a course.
Same to the example above, physically extending a classroom, changing location, admitting more people into a course, and other ways to grow your business comes with certain restrictions. As your business grows you need more staff, more classrooms, more books, etc. FInding new localities and premises for your growing business is a hassle.
At the same time, scaling your online education business is much more simple. For example, it does not really matter how many people attend an online conference over Zoom of Google Meets. Thus, you can cater to more people with the same effort and funding. But of course, if your platform requires technical support to, for example, withstand an increased amount of users, you should not hesitate to contact experts to help you with that.
Just like in offline teaching, online education presumes having a set of teaching materials and assignments. However, compared to a regular class, online teaching can be way more consistent. For example, if students are watching pre-recorded lectures then all of them will get exactly the same information in exactly the same way as compared to in-class situations where the delivery can be affected by the mood of a teacher or an atmosphere in the classroom.
Also, engagement and progress can be easily measured and graded with online tools without taking the teacher’s time to draft and check tests. Also, depending on the approach, one can customize the content so that students could move on to the next step only after they have finished the previous one or vice versa – let students explore the course freely if that is the case.
Pretty much similar to other industries, education tends to provide highly-personalized solutions to students. Online education is manyfold easier to personalize compared to usual on-sight teaching.
On the one hand, providers can work with students across borders and timezones to deliver content at a convenient time that fits on’s schedule. On the other, online education can also work with diverse audiences thanks to technologies that can facilitate delivery to people with disabilities or other special requirements that are difficult to provide in a physical facility.
Besides flexibility in timing and accessibility, eLearning is one of the top industries that are extremely friendly to the adoption of artificial intelligence and machine learning solution that are driving personalization forward at high speed with its recommendation systems, around-the-clock available chatbots to answer students’ requests, and automated translations to get in touch with educators all over the world.
Better retention rates
It is only natural that students who have an opportunity to receive personalized education and training without going through the stress of attending classes and squeezing them into tight schedules are more likely to stay with your company and recommend it to their friends. Having your product connected to social media accounts can also help to increase visibility, create brand awareness, and attract new students with the help of your existing clients.
High-quality education providers are always in demand. However, right now is perfect timing to enter the market of online and remote education as demand is soaring and there is still a lot of gaps to be filled. Thus, if you have any questions or ideas related to products or software solutions for your eLearning projects, do not hesitate to contact us. Let us make this happen!