COVID has forced many brick-and-mortar institutions to move online. Nearly all learners access courses and resources via online portals. A survey by Babson Survey Research Group reveals that 33% of students take at least one online class. That is a lot of online learning! Online Quran learning is no exception.
E-learning is booming, and it is here to stay, but who is #enrolling? A survey by Digital Learning Pulse Survey suggests that teachers also feel “more optimistic about the move online.” Still, it makes many of you tongue-tied. Chances are, you are reading this now because you are one of those learners.
Source: Digital Learning Pulse Survey
Some of the pressing questions that come to your mind are what does it mean to learn the Quran online? How does it differ from a face-to-face class? How will I complete that course? Is it necessary? What resources are available if I need help? Here are your answers.
1. Work Around Your Schedule
Who isn’t triple-scheduled these days? There are so many demands of work, family, and community. Work-family balance is always a challenge. Few of us have time for classes, but we may have an hour here and there.
Are you the one juggling work and family? Managing your time to learn the Quran online will make you a successful student. You will have to dedicate study time and follow through with regular logins.
2. Save Time and Money
Let’s face it: Commuting 30 minutes to the madrasah can be expensive. Think of driving, finding space, and transportation costs. Contrast that to staying at home while you complete online courses. And you pay nothing in fuel, parking, and maintenance on a vehicle to boot.
3. Complete Your Courses Sooner
A mixed blessing, many online institutes have accelerated programs that enable you to complete your courses sooner. It would not take you years to finish reading the Quran. Though you may take only one course at a time, online Quran learning moves fast. The good news is that such programs run year-round and advance you through certificates faster than they would otherwise.
4. No More Pettiness and Bias
No one is going to know whether you are shy or speak with a lisp when you are an online learner. What others care about are your ideas and the way you communicate with them. Many of you find this situation liberating.
5. Get Instructor-led Learning
That means an instructor determines the content and pace of the course. In a sense, it is no different from the madrasah experience. A 20201 annual survey found that teachers plan to continue using remote teaching methods now and post-pandemic.
Source: Bay View Analytics
In contrast to what you may think of a madrasah, with a teacher lecturing and learners soaking up the information, an online teacher provides resources for you to consider and then eases your understanding through a series of discussions or activities. You also get a free trial (an oft-underrated option of knowing about your institute) that places all balls in your court.
6. Online Quran Learning in the Presence of Children
Speaking of your school-going children, learning the Quran online or in their presence sends a strong message. It teaches them your values and the need to balance work, family, and school. Yes, children can see if you attend the madrasah five times a week, but it is different when they observe you logging in daily and keeping abreast of what’s happening online.
7. Learn the Quran from Your Heroes and She-roes
Albert Bandura, a Canadian-born American psychologist, states that we learn by imitating and observing others. His well-known research on aggression in children in the 1960s gave credence to his social learning theory. He asked three- and five-years-old kids to watch adults punching a Bobo doll. The result of the experiment revealed that children showed aggression and mimicked the behavior of the adult.
In a similar vein, a key feature of learning Quran online is the variety of heroes and she-roes it provides. Teachers who are professional and fluent in Arabic serve as both for children. Unlike when you’re learning the Quran from a local madrasah, your role model figure loves, hones, and fosters you online. Dr. Jeremy Sutton, a Ph.D. researcher studying the human capacity to push physical and mental limits, agrees that an interactive, one-on-one session with an expert online:
- “Ensures proximity and repeated observation of actions and behavior of teachers,
- Allows mimicking and practicing behavior with reflection.”
Overall, I believe learning the Quran online is the most efficient form of learning right now, and it is the future — but I’d love to hear your thoughts on the matter! If you think that it cannot replace madrasahs, hit “comment” and let me know 🙂
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