July 6 2020: 9:42AM PST - CIRA College has transitioned into online classes. Our Fall classes will be hosted online until further notice.
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The Power of Online Learning

With the rapid advancement of technology, online learning has made it easier for many institutions’ to offer courses around the world. Online learning is education that takes place over the Internet. It is often referred to as “e-learning” among other terms. Online learning is distance learning as it is learning that takes place across distance and not in a traditional in person classroom environment. 

Course Management System (CMS) software is used by most colleges today. It allows instructors to design and deliver their courses within a flexible timeline. 

Popular CMS are:
  • Blackboard
  • WebCT
  • eCollege

In this case, we are using Zoom. Zoom is a cloud-based video conferencing service you can use to virtually meet with other – either by video or audio-only or both, all while conducting live chats – and it lets you record those sessions to view later.

Advantages of Online Learning

If your schedule makes it hard to attend classes, if you prefer studying at your own pace or if you live far from campus, online learning might be for you.

Some main advantages of online learning: 

  • Convenience: 24/7 access from any online computer; accommodates busy schedules; no commuting to the campus
  • Comfortable learning environment: Students get to learn in their pajamas, no need to wake up early to fight traffic. 
  • Enhanced Learning: online learning increases the depth of understanding and retention of the course materials; more meaningful discussions; emphasis on writing skills, technology skills, time management skills. 
  • Interaction: Increase interaction and discussion between students and teachers; it is a more student-centered learning environment
  • Outreach: Reach new student market from other different countries
 
How is online learning different from traditional learning?
 
In many ways, online learning and traditional learning are the same. Online courses are just as educational. The biggest difference is that online students can study from anywhere and at any time. 
 
Are online classes easier than traditional classes? 
 
The course content in an online class is identical to an in-person class, with students completing exams, papers, presentations, quizzes and projects in either format. Each of these assignments come with a deadline that both online and in-person students must meet. Research shows that online class workload is more demanding than a traditional class. Student needs to be a self-directed learner, stay motivated and able to stay on top of the workload independently. 
 
Facts about Online Learning
  • more than 6 million students are enrolled in online courses as part of their higher education program 
  • 85% of students think that online learning is the same or better than traditional classroom learning
https://www.purdueglobal.edu/blog/online-learning/3-benefits-online-learning/

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