One of the most important factors that should be taken into consideration is a student’s learning style. Learning styles depend on how our senses process the information. Everyone learns differently and while online learning may be the best choice for one person, it could be completely ineffective for the other.
The three basic types of learning styles are: auditory (listening and speaking), visual (seeing and reading) and kinesthetic (doing).
Visual learners tend to enjoy distance learning and get the most out of it while auditory learners often struggle. Even though the current online education environment is predominantly text-based, some teachers record lectures on video and post them online. Others schedule video conferences with the students. This not only helps students with an auditory learning style, but makes the online learning more personable and therefore, effective for the others.
Since kinesthetic learners learn through doing or experiencing things, a traditional classroom environment is usually more inviting for them. Online educators can help them by implementing as many practical exercises as possible and encouraging them to post in classroom forums and discussion boards.
The benefit of e-learning is that students can access a class or a course anywhere at anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They can post on discussion boards whenever they have time and usually as often as they wish. They can also email their teachers at any time instead of waiting for their office hours.