Rev. Bro. Bancha Saenghiran, Ph.D., President
Since its inception at Assumption University in 2002 through the Graduate School of eLearning, eLearning has proved to be beneficial to education, to corporations and to all learners. Over the experience of ten years, we at Assumption University have come to realize that eLearning is affordable, it saves time, and it produces measurable results.
We find that student enrollments in our eLearning courses are from around the globe and, therefore, diverse, since eLearning can be done in any geographic location and there are no travel expenses. Clearly this type of learning is established to be much less costly and therefore attractive.
Our lecturers and students concur that Flexibility is a major benefit of eLearning. eLearning has the advantage of attempting coursework anytime anywhere. Education thus, is available when and where it is needed. eLearning can be done at the office, at home, on the road, 24 hours a day, and seven days a week.
Increasingly, learners like eLearning because it accommodates different types of learning styles. They have the advantage of learning at their own pace. Our students can also learn through a variety of activities that apply to many different learning styles. They can fit eLearning into their busy schedule. Since most of the students enrolled in our programs hold jobs, they can participate in eLearning right at their desk. The transferability of skills learned through eLearning to the workplace and to jobs becomes an immediate and viable benefit.
eLearning encourages the culture of new knowledge systems when learners peruse information by using hyperlinks and sites on the worldwide Web. Learners are able to find information relevant to their personal situations and interests. eLearning allows selection of learning materials that meet their level of knowledge, interest and what they need to know to perform more effectively in an activity. Hereby, eLearning is more focused on the learner and it is more interesting for learners because it is information that they want to learn. Over the past five years we have had to increase our subscriptions on on-line research databases due to the perceived needs of both teachers and students for such facilities. What we have as an institution gained through the eLearning enterprise, is the competency of enhanced knowledge systems while students have the most updated research and information systems at their fingertips.
With such allurements to new learning and to new learning systems through the Graduate School of eLearning, it is indeed my pleasure to welcome all learners to the Graduate School of eLearning to share in the experience of enhanced learning for the 21st Century.
Rev. Bro. Bancha Saenghiran, f.s.g., Ph.D.
Graduate School of eLearning Assumption University of Thailand, Srisakdi Charmonman IT center, 88 Moo 8 Bang Na-Trad Rd.Km.26, Bang Sao Thong, samuthprakam, Thailand 10540