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E-Learning turned into a norm in the pandemic struck world. Given that whenever things are in demand, there will be dubious people trying to take advantage of the necessity of the products or service in question. For instance, when the pandemic struck, sanitizers and masks were available everywhere, sadly however many turned out to be fake products. Some went to the extent of taking orders and delivering nothing, yes, clickbait! Scarcity can definitely create a need for something simple overnight and definitely gives rise to clickbait in turn.
With schools and coaching centre shutting down or turning into their online avatars, many students complained that it wasn’t enough. Many fake entities also come up, which is why perhaps the question of e-learning being considered click bait might arise. Does this mean that e-learning or ed-tech for that matter are nothing but clickbait?
The oxford Dictionary defines Clickbait as: “(on the internet) content whose main purpose is to attract attention and encourage visitors to click on a link to a particular web page.” Thus, if you come across an advertisement or a post that compels you to click on it in the greed of topping your class without putting in any effort, you must realise that there is possibly some element of clickbait there.
However, let’s set the record straight, NO E-LEARNING IS NOT CLICKBAIT. E-learning cannot be generalised and clickbaits are only exceptions to the rule. If a coupon code is giving you a scholarship, please understand that it is a promotional offer and not a scholarship.
It is important find reliable courses to learn from and to vet your courses. A bigger brand known to people via large publicity, can pave the way for smaller entities to impersonate these larger brands. Most certainly beware and maintain caution. However blindly falling for some of the larger brands in the market, may prove to be detrimental for you.
At e-gyaan, not only are the teachers vetted well before onboarding them as instructors, so is the course. If the purpose of e-learning is essentially to be able to continue to gain valuable education and be able to ace your exams, you need to understand the subjects and, in a manner, that helps you learn things for a longer duration of time and not just for the time being. Fancy graphics and uniforms for teachers may come across as attractive, but are you here for the learning or just the show.
Here are some easy ways to ensure that you don’t bite into the click bait that ed tech is sometimes considered to be:
1. Search exactly what you are looking for
This is first and foremost step to ensure that you are on the right path. Beware there might be scrupulous people out there trying to grab on to your money and offer nothing in return. The first step is to search more for things like how to prepare well for your exam or how to study effectively and efficiently rather than searching for how to top your class without studying! Be alert, there could be multiple things to catch your attention and they could each be a setup! So next time you are looking for an ideal course, don’t just blindly rely on ratings or past scores of alumni or testimonials, they can easily be fake. Trust more on the course content, some sample lectures or a free trial class instead.
2. REMEMBER: Looks can be deceptive
Graphics and content can have the ability to mesmerise you, so can numbers and patterns, but a course focusing on essentially on learning, will also try and focus more on the course content, that the actual presentation of it. Yes, some amount of presentation is a pre-requisite to help you study better, understand better or sometimes even to engage you and trick you into making learning fun and interesting. But in the case of studies, best to keep the fun element on the side bar rather than giving it centre stage presence. Choose wisely and find that balanced course that works for you and in your budget.
3. Free Courses come with limited learning
Free courses are great, but can you hold them accountable for quality learning? Probably not, since you never paid, you couldn’t really question the teaching service provided either. Pay that feel to ensure that you hold both yourself as a student and your teacher accountable for your learning.
4. Ask questions, lots of them!
If your course doesn’t allow you to solve queries or cant really rely on the results, then your doubts will never get clarified and that will never help you. So while you are taking up online learning classes, ensure that you get to ask questions. IF on a dashboard you find doubts/ queries of students are not being answered or that there is no forum or designated spot to clear those doubts, know that it might very likely be clickbait. If the course allows students to interact and check with them for queries, we already give that a thumbs up for genuineness of the course.
5. Put in the time yourself
Having done all of the above, it is essential that you put in the time and effort yourself as well. You put the course on play and never bothered to watch or watched, maybe even understood, but never really practiced it or solved any sample papers. That never works. You might know all the right answers, but not be able to write enough or in the desired speed or within the required word limit. Solving sample papers is the sure shot way to correct that situation. Enough practice will tell you how to formulate your answers to stay well within the designated time allotted for your exams.
Now that you know the easiest way to get past the clickbaits that e-learning brings, make sure to check out e-gyaan’s courses to ensure you find the course that you need, without falling into the trap of clickbait.