Students and learners of all ages were previously at the mercy of the teacher or instructor, who may or may not have given enough thought to whether or not all the students or participants in the learning exercise were able to learn the lesson by the end of the session or class, before the concept of individualised instruction was introduced. If a student in a class is labelled as a “slow learner,” the teacher probably will not take the time to make sure they understand the material before moving on to the next topic. This is because teachers are typically paid to teach the class as a whole, not to cater to the needs of individual students.
It is not just rude and insensitive; it is also a common occurrence in many different kinds of classrooms and training rooms at schools and businesses. Learners who have struggled to grasp certain concepts in the past have benefited greatly from the advent of individualised instruction. To further facilitate learning, even in group-based scenarios, e-Learning solutions have taken a page from this highly advantageous learning scenario, allowing group members who may take longer than the others to understand the lesson to complete the training or module in roughly the same time as others, and still completely comprehend the perceived areas of difficulty. Learners can move at their own pace through the individualised learning process afforded by e-learning tools, with the learners themselves defining the areas of difficulty and then doing further study on their own, without having to delay or stall the scheduled time frame designated to a particular lesson. Through this method, the entire educational process can remain synchronous, ensuring that all students in the class will complete the material by the allotted deadline.
It may sound paradoxical, but modern e-learning development tools actually make it possible for students to work together on a group project while still tackling their own individual areas of weakness. This is due to the system’s ability to facilitate constant communication between study groups and exercise participants, as well as the synchronised distribution of learning modules. Even if the group of students is spread out over a large geographical area, they can still interact in real time through various means of communication. In addition, students who wish to focus on a specific area of the learning module can do so without holding up the rest of the class; the system’s features allow for in-depth study of any section of the module, and the system’s connection to the internet means that virtually unlimited amounts of data and information can be accessed at any time.