Evolution in the field of Virtual Learning

A lot of people are still unaware of many things that are now being done online rather than in reality. Learning, for instance, is one of the most vigilantly done activities online. Yes, one can be educated and can learn exactly similar to what is being taught in an educational institute via the internet. This is called virtual learning.

Virtual Learning demonstrated

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There are many unrecognized and unacknowledged advantages of virtual learning. These include:

  • The ease of studying at home

  • The ease of studying at suitable timings

  • Very affordable way of studying

  • Very understandable and recognizable methods of learning

Similar to the above mentioned ones, there are various other countless advantages to virtual learning that are left unacknowledged.

The question now remains, how did virtual learning evolve along the ages? Obviously it wasn’t something that took place over a night. It might have evolved through ages without us noticing. Let us have a look at the changes and the time period through which virtual learning evolved.

The pioneers explaining it

Virtual learning has numerous pioneers who have struggled day and night in order to make this form of education adaptable and easy for people sitting at home with the ability to learn, one of the pioneers include Bernard Luskin. He specifically says that he defines virtual education or learning as e-learning, and that the “e” in it should be considered as something exciting and enthusiastic. This is what the pioneer wants to make the people feel about having an educational experience at home.

Some pioneers of this kind of education call it computer assisted instructions, some call it web based training and some something else. The basic motive of this kind of education is to teach those who cannot make it to an institute.

Gradual evolution of learning virtually

It was in the 1960 when this system of education was first introduced to a specific class at the University of Illinois. The students in this particular class room could have a direct access to the notes of their lectures online. Then later on in the early years of 1960, Stanford University professors started replacing their lectures with the voice coming out of a computer. They wanted to see if the students were able to learn that way or not. It was also in the similar years when the elementary schools had their story telling teachers replaced with computers. The children started adapting to this electronic environment.

Steps toward electronic education

Bernard Luskin finally took the most daring step and installed the very first computer in the community college that could teach and convey the right and needed kind of information to the students. This computer then got incorporated with other instruction computers at Stanford and other educational institutes. This made communication and method of instructions easier.

After 1970, the educational institutes started taking advantage of this very extraordinary and rapid way of teaching. They started offering educational courses to far off places virtually. This gave more importance and recognition to their degrees and the people all around the world started getting educated.

By mid 1980s, it became possible at various universities in Canada and other important countries to offer courses from their campuses to other states and countries. This was because the internet started becoming more frequently available. It was not long ago when the internet was discovered. It was in the near 1969 when the internet took step in the field of communication. So this evolution of virtual learning isn’t actually a very gradual thing that developed over time. It almost seems as if it was the very next thing to be discovered after the internet had been accessible from easier locations. Yet the facts and figures state how over the decades the virtual education became popular and available to all those who couldn’t get to the institutions they wanted.

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