Are Online Courses Productive?

Posted on: 27th August, 2021

Since the start of the pandemic in late 2019, many students in Singapore have experienced blended learning or online learning when lessons in school were disrupted. Fortunately, as Singapore has a high vaccination rate, schools have reopened, and the nation is looking forward to resuming normalcy once Covid-19 reaches an endemic status. This begs the question of whether the adoption of online learning will continue to persist post-pandemic.

Even before Covid-19, there was already high growth and adoption in education technology. Singapore’s online learning market was valued US$ 792.97 million in 2019 and is predicted to hit US$ 2,228.74 million by 2027. Online learning technology is gaining traction with more academic and corporate institutes deploying these solutions for enhanced training sessions.

But, is taking up an online course really as effective as physical lessons? After all, how can students learn effectively through a screen for an extended period of time?

Benefits of Online Courses

With remote learning, you will have to take charge of their learning and progress during online learning. This offers the opportunity to practise self-directed learning, increasing your confidence in subjects and building intrinsic motivation for school and learning in general.

During independent learning, you are free to choose your learning environment, wherever you feel is more comfortable or conducive for learning, leading to higher productivity levels. Of course, this boils down to your discipline during class.

You can revisit past material or stop the lecture recording to research or organise your notes when learning online. You can plan your learning pace to ensure you mastered the material before moving on to the next section. This added flexibility allows you to move through the coursework at your speed and get the most out of the programme.

What are Online Courses Like at PSB Academy?

With the benefits mentioned above coupled with the experience of transitioning many of our full-time and part-time students to virtual classrooms during the pandemic period, PSB Academy has recently introduced two 100% online courses – 6-month Business Studies Certificate and 9-month Business Studies Diploma.

What’s unique about the online courses? You get to set your learning pace.

With all the study materials and video contents uploaded on Blackboard, an e-learning platform made accessible when you enrol into the e-learning courses, you can study anytime, anywhere, and unsupervised. There is also additional tutorial support session* held every 3rd weekend of the month, where you can sign up and use this opportunity to ask questions and interact with our lecturers in real-time via Blackboard Collaborate.

All quizzes, mid-term, and final term assessments are conducted online. With that said, there is also a dedicated operation staff who will be in touch with you to understand your progress and how you are coping with the lessons.

Should you face any technical difficulties or other enquiries, you can also raise them via the PSBAccess mobile app.

Learn more about our online certificate and diploma courses available at PSB Academy now!

*For Singapore-based students, you can opt for additional tutorial support. Course fees are not inclusive of tutorial support sessions. Course fees for international students are inclusive of 4 tutorial support sessions.