Why Online Learning?

July 19, 2007

Arbitron and Edison Media Research have released a new study that shows in the last few years, the internet has passed radio as an essential medium for daily life and it is not far behind television. In fact, for those 45 and younger, the internet exceeds TV, but for those 45 and older, television still ranks as number one. These statistics and others like it have led us to examine what we do here at The LOGOS Ministry, such as blogging, podcasting, and our online library. Now perhaps you have heard that The LOGOS Ministry is going to start online learning in the form of webinars as a part of our overall training package. In less than two months, on September 1st, we will be rolling out a group of webinars based on our Powering UP! workshops. A sample of this style of learning is already available on our website and can be found here at Introductory Webcast.

We would like to hear what you think about this opportunity! To facilitate this conversation, here are some benefits that we say will be advantageous for learners interested in The LOGOS Ministry training. Remember, benefits may vary depending on the teaching approach. The perception of whether something is a benefit or a challenge is based on learning style and learner needs. However, below is a list of the most common things learners have listed as benefits of online learning:

  1. Allows the learner to study when and where they are most productive.
  2. Allows the learner to update his/her skills without interruption of career or personal commitments.
  3. Allows for the tailoring to individual schedules.
  4. Opens the door of opportunity to those that could not attend an in-person training event.
  5. Allows the integration of Internet resources.
  6. Is cost-effective for the learner and their organization.

Some studies have shown that online learning has a high degree of effectiveness. So, do you think online learning is beneficial? What obstacles might exist and how can they be overcome?

Listen to our podcast: Using Technology and On-line learning in Ministry