Updated: Mar 2, 2022
Accessibility has always been an important topic in education because educators want to ensure that everyone—regardless of age, disability, or lifestyle—can have access to a quality education. With the rise of virtual classes, a fully online education is more accessible than ever by allowing students to learn anywhere synchronously or asynchronously. In this blog, let’s highlight exactly how virtual learning makes education more accessible and who it affects the most.
How does virtual learning impact the accessibility of education?
Virtual learning can be done anywhere.
Gone are the days where the only way you can receive a high quality education is going to a brick and mortar campus in a traditional classroom. The rise of COVID-19 showed the world that we have the infrastructure to provide online courses for students in order to keep them healthy, but this doesn’t mean we have to halt online education in a post-pandemic world. Having the option to receive a quality education anywhere opens the door to a better future for everyone regardless of location, which can enhance the learning experience of students. Some may believe that students will lose the social aspect of learning, but Yellowdig's Engage platform offers a way for students to connect in online or blended learning environments. Because of the resources and tools available to educators, institutions should continue investing in virtual learning to make education more accessible for ALL students.
Virtual learning allows for more people to receive an education.
The typical eighteen to twenty-two year old college student isn’t so typical anymore with more older adults attending school than ever before. Virtual learning gives more people the opportunity to go to college despite varying lifestyles. Students get sick, have jobs, or have life responsibilities that they need to fulfill, and virtual classrooms can be the answer to giving students the accessibility they need to be successful. We shouldn’t put barriers on education because of a person’s lifestyle, and a virtual education can help knock those barriers down.]