1. EducationAspreviously mentioned, the education system is assumed to be the single mosteffective method for a child to learn and grow into an ideal member of society.However, there is no other method for this system to be compared with. To gain a furtherunderstanding of how the education system came to be it is important that wedelve into the history of modern education. 1.
1 Historyof learningAt some point the education system did not exist,the concept was man made and created. Although the education system did notexist, education still did. Peter Gray (2008) suggests thousands of years agochildren naturally educated themselves through living their lives to surviveand become effective adults. This gives an indication that as humans we instinctivelylearn new techniques to find solution to our problems independently allowing usto gain knowledge whilst having fun. Moreover, we survived for thousands ofyears without a strict education system.
Thesemethods of learning drastically changed with the rise of agriculture.Independence was taken away from children and they were forced to be obedientthrough working repetitive hours doing the same repetitive manual work.Rebellious acts against the system would result in punishment. Many comparisonscan be made here against the current education system.
Theeducation system was created around the 16th century. Many parts ofthe world started to believe childhood, “should be a time for learning and schoolsfor children were developed.” However, vast amounts of people had selfishagendas for what they believed students should be taught. For example,employers wanted the education system to teach students about “punctuality,following directions, tolerances for long hours of tedious work and basicreading and writing skills to create better workers.” Essentially, theeducation system was built to manipulate a student through the early stages oftheir life to create a specific model -citizen that was needed by the country.Currently wehave the result of the on-going evolution of the education system. The subjectstaught are now vaster, and the methods of discipline and reward, fairer.However, the model has not changed and has become outdated due to the vasttechnological changes.
Society currently promotes individuality andindependence however the education system does not help students to harnessthese assets. E-learning can support education and help students achieve morethan they have been able to previously. 1.2 E-learningis neededE-learning is a computer basededucation resource that allows the user to learn at the time and place bestsuited to them.
E-learning is most commonly accessed using the internet,however many other forms of e-learning have existed in the past.Unlike the previous method ofeducation provided through the history of learning, E-learning allows studentsto have a choice and freedom. Having both prepares students more widely fortheir future as many students struggle after education due to having noexperience in managing their own lives. (name) suggests being in control ofyour life, makes an individual happier. In turn, E-learning has a similareffect to when children educated themselves thousands of years ago because ofthe fun in learning.Also, E-learning caters to each students’ capabilities asworking independently through subjects allows a learner to fully comprehendeach topic at their own pace.
Many students in a classroom can be left behindas well as other students left waiting. This questions how productive anin-class education is. Another aspect E-learning makes more productive is timemanagement. ”E-learningprovides the learners with the ability to fit learning around theirlifestyles”. This make E-learning ideal due to its flexibility of being usedwhenever and wherever, instead ofbeing allocated a strict time schedule within a classroom.
As well as productivity and time, E-learning helpssave money. Education in generalis expensive in both cases due to textbooks and technology being priced highly.However, in the long run E-learning is cost efficient because textbookseventually become obsolete and need replacing whereas E-learning can updateinformation into newer course content. E-learningallows students and teachers to learn without having to deal with travel time,travel costs and weather conditions. All these aspects help the student to savemoney and increase productivity.Ultimately E-learning fulfils the void theeducation system currently has, independence and responsibility.
Giving astudent the choice to learn in their own time through a method as efficient asE-learning will benefit every student. The current problem is the lack ofawareness brought to E-learning. From my independent questionnaire I found that moststudents preferred to learn from an in-class environment. However once takingout the students who had not used E-learning frequently enough to have anopinion on the method, E-learning and in-class environments were bothequivalent in preference. This shows that there is potential for E-learninghowever there must be more awareness raised towards this method of learning toenable more students to use it.
The future of E-learning isunforeseen as it is forever growing with continuous technological advancements.However, I believe that E-learning must have a bigger influence on theeducation system as theadvancement of technology has allowed newer resources to create a moreclassroom orientated atmosphere through the usage of features such as videos,slideshows, word documents, podcasts and PDF’s.