Times are rapidly changing. If you look at the transformations just over the last thirty years or so, it becomes manifestly evident what a high-speed journey we are all taking into the future. Education is also on that journey. Classes used to be exclusively face-to-face. Now you can get a PhD entirely online. Learning online has its benefits and its drawbacks. The real question is how does online education fit into your current goals?
Professionals often are required to engage in various aspects of online learning. Whether it be new hire training or continuing professional development, many employers have transitioned to online platforms because of the uniformity of content and convenience. In these situations, using online tools is simply a requirement as part of being employed with a company or institution. The trends in this direction don’t seem to be slowing down either. Can you imagine going to employee orientation with no audio-visual equipment, computer screens, or online passwords? Not very likely.
How about education? In many respects, education and the job world are much the same. Teachers are always looking for new ways to integrate technology into the classroom. The modern classroom is typically fitted with the newest and latest (budget permitting) gadgets that teachers, only a generation ago, could not have imagined. Yes, the days of chalk and chalkboards are long gone. They have been replaced with internet searches, document cameras, and interactive whiteboards. Once again, the high-speed train of modern technology in our classrooms is taking us on a ride into the stratosphere.
Now what? Let’s imagine that you need to improve your English skills, whether for work or school, and you are thinking about online education. What choices do you have? You are going to look for the best online English teacher in Livermore that you can find. No doubt you will ask yourself this question: How do my personal goals align with the instructor’s use of technology?
At MET, we take what is called a student-centered approach to all instruction – online and in-person. What this means is that the student drives the learning process. Online platforms like Google Classroom, Quizlet, and Canvas are great, but they work best when implemented with a student-centered approach rather than a teacher-centered approach. Any tool can be used well or poorly depending upon the one who wields it. Anyone can hold a microphone in their hand, but not everyone can sing like Frank Sinatra.
Online education is a tool. If you are looking for an online English teacher in Livermore, be sure you find one who can ‘hold a tune’ while traveling on your technological expedition!