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The Importance of Reliable Internet for eLearning

In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, all schools in South Carolina were ordered closed by Governor Henry McMaster through the end of April. Teachers and parents across Horry and Georgetown counties and beyond are relying on eLearning platforms to keep students on pace for their grade level.

More than 45,000 students are now learning from home on a variety of devices. Whether they’re live streaming on a tablet or working through a digital worksheet on the home computer, these students rely on a dependable Internet network.

Trends in eLearning

In order to grasp just how important dependable Internet service is for eLearning, we’ll walk through some of the most common trends in digital education.

  • Video Modules: Video is one of the most common eLearning tools. Educational outlets work to create visually stimulating and engaging content for students to keep their attention and help them retain points from the lesson.
  • Personalized Learning: Every student learns in a unique way. Because of this, eLearning platforms are becoming increasingly tailored. It’s now possible for a student to work through adaptive learning solutions, which can, in some scenarios, call for an increase in bandwidth usage.
  • Social Media: Learning communities are being built across multiple social media platforms. From read-along videos to full on instructional classrooms, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and others are becoming commonplace in a student’s eLearning library.

Each of these platforms call for high-speed Internet to be able to clearly stream video, download files and communicate with others in the virtual classroom.

Benefits of eLearning

While eLearning may be an unexpected way to complete a portion of the school year, students have the opportunity to benefit from the Internet-reliant process. Many parents may discover that their child connects in a natural way to the information being presented.

Kids and teens age 8 to 18 spend an average of more than seven hours a day looking at screens. Today’s students are accustomed to a digital screen, so the introduction of eLearning is not a foreign concept. The video, graphics, and illustrations work to hold the child’s attention and feeds their need for engagement.

In addition, eLearning allows students to work on their own time. Parents can work with their children in multiple, short rounds or complete a longer session following a break.

Finally, each student gets a one-on-one interaction with the ability to replay any portion of the lesson. For some students, asking questions or requesting the teacher go back over a portion of the lesson may be uncomfortable. eLearning places the child in a familiar environment and allows them to review more difficult portions without feeling as though they’re holding up the class.

High-Speed Internet is a Necessity

High-speed Internet is a requirement for quality eLearning. HTC operates a network capable of serving the tens of thousands of students currently unable to return to school and the many others working from home or enjoying entertainment.

In order to view educational videos and download large files in an uninterrupted way, you’ll need sufficient bandwidth and Internet speed. Use the HTC Internet speed calculator to determine the power you need to offer continuous eLearning to your child.