Topic 1: Online or Offline?



Learning is a knowledge acquired by study (Merriam-Webster, 2017). In today’s society, learning takes place offline or online. Based on the comments on my blog, we can see that learning preferences differ from each individual. I ended my previous post, with a question on the outcomes of learning online and offline. My reflection post will cover my thoughts on this matter…

A recent 93-page report on online education, conducted by SRI International for the Department of Education, has a starchy academic title, but a most intriguing conclusion: “On average, students in online learning conditions performed better than those receiving face-to-face instruction.” (Lohr, 2017)

Looking the findings of the report, online learning is better – providing unlimited resources. However, digital learning can be affected by digital differences people faced and the online practices of individuals.

Fig 1.1 | Utilising the Internet

Looking at Fig 1.1, we can see that to fully utilize the internet, one must acquire both the motivation and the resources to do so. Even though demographic and geographical factors come into play in digital learning, it all boils down to the motivation to broaden their knowledge.

In my comments on Marianne’s and Shih Ying’s blog, I focused on age as a factor and contribution to the motivation for digital learning. Age affects our interpretation of certain values or ideas. However, with the help of a facilitator, we should be able to retrieve similar ideas.

Marianne’s mentioned that it is beneficial for the people to be aware of the technological advancements as long as they are willing to learn. To add on, Shanelle mentioned that it is crucial to communicate the value of the internet before teaching technical skills. I agree with both of statements that digital learning is only effective with motivation and knowledge of its value.

In conclusion, I feel that debating if one learning style is better than the other is subjective. Online learning can be more beneficial than learning offline. However, it will only fully benefit someone who appreciates it and, likewise, for offline learning.

Ending off with a video of Alibaba’s New Retail Concept. Enjoy!

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Topic 1: Digital Differences

Privileges affect individual capacity. In society, social privileges allow an individual to utilize all privileges extended to their community in order to improve their own individual position (MSS Research, 2017). This post will discuss how these “Digital Differences” impact how we interact in the digital world and my personal interaction with the web.

Digital Differences refers to the differences between those with and without internet access (Pew Research Center, 2017). They can be categorized as;

  1. “Privileged”:  individuals with internet access
  2. “Underprivileged”: individuals without internet access

Digital privileges are shaped by the nature of our individual lives (FutureLearn,2017). Take a look at the below graphs to have a clearer idea of how demographics affect internet access.

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Fig 1.1 | Household Income affecting Internet access

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Fig 1.2 | Education level affecting Internet access

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Fig 1.3 | Age affecting Internet access

However, this categorization is not very accurate as some users are able to utilize the internet but have no qualms about doing so. This is a reflection of the Online Practices of said individuals. It is usually affected by their personal values, social beliefs, and the expectations others place on them (FutureLearn,2017).

I agree that digital differences impact learning by affecting the availability of online resources. However, it is dependent on the online practices of individuals if they were to utilize the resources.

In my case, growing with the internet had given me time to develop my practice towards digital learning. Demographics factors and my geographical location have contributed to my positive attitude towards online learning, enabling me to absorb knowledge in ease and the comfort the internet provides – relying on Dr. Google every now and then when I have any questions. However, I think that learning, in general, relies on your curious mind and not solely on your learning processes. One can always debate that digital learning makes it easier to attain learning resources, but does the outcome of learning on the web or offline differs?

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