Online learning can be very efficient and convenient, saving time and money for a variety of people. These can range from high school graduates to working professionals and more.

Many have taken to the vast pool of resources that can be found online in order to expand their horizons through e-learning, opening up previously unknown possibilities for self-development and enrichment.

People across the globe can now learn remotely and at their own time and pace without the need to be tied down to any specific location.

Through the use of the internet, today, a management trainee in Asia can simply plug into his/her course modules hosted on a server all the way in the United States and continue his/her education during downtime at the office.

Now, we also live in a world where previously lesser known concepts such as agile management are beginning to come to the forefront. Agile Estimating And Planning training is now important to businesses worldwide and can be learned online as well.

The internet is a vast ocean of possibilities with resources that cater to dynamic learning as opposed to the traditional methods that much of education has been built upon.

Learners were once bound to their desks and classrooms with only their paper textbooks while the pace and content of lessons continued to be largely determined by teachers/academics.

In contrast, the online learner has access to a whole host of learning methods. Online learners can make use of self-learning, user-generated content and more, enabling the entire learning experience to be customized and tailored to his/her own preferences.

With an abundance of tools and technologies available to enhance and complement the e-learning process, learners today are spoilt for choice.

With an internet connection and an adequate device, education is theirs for the taking.

E-learning modules can take a holistic approach as well.

Through the use of multimedia, it can fuse computer games with text documents, videos and all kinds of other resources.

Interactive elements can also be built into online courses and can be made up of quizzes as well as simulations of real-world scenarios.

With the tools and technologies available today, learners can also become content creators/publishers themselves with software available to help them create high quality, interesting and graphically rich presentations.

Gamification in e-learning offers learners a learning environment built on game mechanics, keeping them engaged while letting them have fun in the process. It can help make learning more enjoyable and also help learners retain the concepts and skills that they learn.

While Virtual reality and augmented reality are mostly known for their entertainment value, they can also play a significant part in training professionals and employees as well as business leaders. A large part of their effectiveness comes from bringing lessons into reality and these tools can help learners become more empathetic.

Mursion, for example, provides a virtual reality environment that engages players through complex, interpersonal challenges.

Many professionals across different sectors use Mursion to practice their interpersonal skills and to simulate interpersonal challenges that they may face.

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