Another course that normally required one to one, teacher to student contact, in the past was CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Teachers found that students learned much better online for an unexpected reason. In one-on-one training, a student had to take their turn as the patient needing resuscitation. That was not comfortable for some students. With online CPR, training the students used family members, to practice on following the online instruction. As the teacher explained the steps to CPR, they also explained how the patient was feeling or should have been responding. Both the student and the family helper were involved, and able to practice repeatedly until it was done correctly.
With a traditional school and more than one student, that much time cannot be taken on one student. Repetitive online training was found to teach better and faster than traditional training. For some classes when the students came for graduation they took practical tests on some skills. The success rates were astounding, surpasing any traditional school teaching methods.
Online instruction is no longer restricted reading, watching videos or interacting with virtual experiments. Those methods of teaching online are great for many courses, but some courses need more feedback from the instructor. These days this is done online by webcam collaborative classroom experiences. The instructor can watch what the student is doing and make immediate correction if necessary to prevent the students from harming themselves. Most often, teachers watch and let the student proceed so they understand why the manner in which they are working is incorrect. Again, this demonstrates the power of instructing by letting students make mistakes and learning from them.
Here are a few of the benefits gained by taking online classes in any subject.
– Students learn by experience, in a hands-on manner with the ability to make mistakes without endangering oneself or someone else. Repeating exercises as often as desired is recommended, as it does not hold up the rest of a class.
– Training in classes requiring another participant is easily conducted, especially if the second person is another student. If not available family, substitutes work well.
– Students have complete control over the speed of learning. A student can take as long as they want or complete a course as quickly as needed.
– Students can take classes without leaving their home, their city, state or even country.
– Students have access to prestigious schools for classes. Availability for earning certificates and degrees from educational institutions that would otherwise not be possible.
Until four years ago, the only valid disadvantage to an online education, in any type of course was socialization. With the advent, and viral popularity of Facebook and Twitter, online students know more about each other, should they want to than they were ever able to know at a traditional face-to-face school. Students have no trouble arranging social interactions with others that interest them and do not have to be bothered or distracted by others.