5 types of e-learning for every learner

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Learning for children and adults have both shifted online decisively in 2020. With schools and training centres worldwide reducing class hours or closing altogether in order to protect the safety of staff and students, e-learning is now the platform of choice for school students and adult learners alike.

If you’re not familiar with taking classes online and you’ve just started looking, you might be a little overwhelmed. E-Learning has undergone explosive growth in the last few years, with a wide variety of learning that you can do from the comfort of your home. This short guide will help you choose a e-learning method that fits your schedule and preferred learning style.

1.      Lesson-based learning

Lesson-based learning is a format that should be familiar to anyone who’s ever attended school: One teacher, many students, and lessons that build on the previous one until the syllabus is complete. It’s basically traditional class-based learning, conducted online instead.

Full-time students in Singapore would have had a taste of lesson-based e-learning during their Home-based Learning (HBL) earlier this year.

Lesson-based e-learning are usually structured as weekly classes if it’s a part-time course, and daily classes if a full-time or intensive course. You sit at your computer every day following a specific timetable, with occasional group breakout sessions (in virtual discussion rooms) as well as offline assignments.

The traditional lesson-based learning comes with one main drawback: You might not be able to catch up if you join the class halfway through the curriculum. More likely the case, the school or trainer might not even allow you to join until the next course starts.

2.      One-on-one learning

For one-on-one e-learning, you have the teacher all to yourself instead of joining a class. Also known as private lessons, you have the undivided attention of the teacher, and you can ask all the questions you want without worrying about holding the rest of the class back.

Tueetor.com gives you access to more than 14,000 tutors teaching a wide variety of subjects. If you’re looking for a personal tutor or teacher, there’s no better place to start than our website or app.


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3.      Video-based learning

The previous two forms of online learning have one thing in common: teacher and students need to meet at an agreed time for lessons. Should either teacher or student miss the class, no learning can take place. Miss the class, miss the lesson.

With classes that are delivered as online video, lessons are less like theatre and more like a movie: You can learn at any time, and pause wherever you want to study the course material. Since video can be pre-recorded, video-based learning can incorporate many other types of content—slides, video clips, motion graphics, interviews and more.

The shortcoming of video-based learning is that there’s no engagement between you and the teacher or other students. However, on certain learning platforms (such as the Percipio platform used by Tueetor’s partner Skillsoft) you can leave comments for the trainer or other participants to respond to later. Sometimes, trainers also set up social media or messaging app groups for their students to have discussions.

4.      Article-based learning

When one talks about e-learning, most of us assume that it’s video-based (pre-recorded or live). However, there is one type of e-learning we do all the time but take so much for granted, most of us don’t even realise consider it learning: Reading on the screen. Today, many of us read far more on screen than on paper: articles, social media, even e-books.

Many e-learning courses in the market today include reading materials as part of the main content, or as homework or assignments. Some e-learning courses offered on Tueetor are designed this way.

Tueetor is currently offering free access to 1.6 million books on the WorldLibrary for everyone to read. Subjects covered include self-improvement, history, literature and the classics, the sciences, geography and social politics.

5.      Apps-based learning

Of all the forms of e-learning available, the most engaging has to be app-based learning. Not only are apps highly interactive, you can also learn at your own timing and pace. When well-designed, the learning can be very close to having a teacher beside you in person.

The biggest category for apps-based learning is in children’s education—just take a look at your mobile phone’s App Store or Google Play. Learning apps are big for adults too: Language learning, music learning are the biggest genres in the market.

When you’re looking for bite-sized, highly interactive learning, few options can beat a good learning app.

What’s your needs and learning style?

With so much e-learning content and options in the market right now, this is a great time to be a digital learner.

To choose the right e-learning format, you should consider these factors:

  • Will you be learning full-time? Are you able to dedicate time to class activities, or can you only able to study in short blocks of downtime?
  • Do you have a dedicated learning space? Or are you learning while on the commute?
  • Is the subject one that requires concentration and dedication? Or is it just recreational, something to occupy your mind as you focus on other activities?

The main thing about choosing the right online learning is not to get boxed in by your expectations of what can and can’t be done online. Working out doesn’t require a personal trainer and a gym; many people improvise with home equipment and workout videos. Learning the piano doesn’t always require a real teacher beside you; some people have picked up new tunes just by watching Youtube.

With dedication and some creativity, you’ll be surprised what skills and lessons you can pick up on your computer or mobile phone.