Elearning- The bus we cannot miss

Albert Einstein once said, “Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.” His words aptly disseminate that effective communication is substantial for a country’s advancement.  We are living in an era where history itself is changing. It’s the time when we can experience different cultures of the world just through one or two clicks and that too while sitting in our comfy pajamas in our homes! So when everything is changing, why not the way we learn?

@ Srishti Saxena from Pune

Technological development and the internet have changed people’s lives.  They have paved the way for high quality education and training. Today with more than 460 million internet users in the country, the way we access, consume, discuss, and share knowledge has changed. Notions like elearning are important for the development of a country like India where technical education is expensive, opportunities are limited and economic disparities exist. Elearning boosts the level of education, literacy and economic development.

Elearning is serving as a faster, cheaper and potentially better alternative to the traditional chalk and board method of teaching. People are keen to acclimate to the online culture. Hundreds of local as well as global business entrepreneurs are favorable to investing in online education in India. According to reports, the Elearning merchandise in India will be a $2billion industry by 2021. Edupreneurs are coming up with next level elearning techniques, formulas and websites. Numbers of national and international educational institutions have come ahead with their online courses. In India, renowned universities such as Manipal, Symbiosis, IIM and others have come up with various online degree courses. Web amplified teaching is no longer an add-on feature in teaching but a necessity.

Learning 24/7 anywhere
Elearning has made it possible to bridge the geographical gap between the learner and a good quality education.  It gives the access to the best possible learning resources and makes you feel like you are inside the classroom. You can take the class from any location with internet access. It removes the barrier of transportation and gives an easy access to a variety of content.  A person sitting in a remote location can also use this medium to learn. Along with the traditional textbooks, blogs, tweets, podcasts, discussion boards, online chats, virtual study jams ensure that learning becomes multidimensional.

Your schedule, your pace, your place
Elearning offers you flexibility so you can choose your courses depending on your availability and comfort. Courses can be taken by office goers and housewives too. Even the busiest person can enhance his career and gain new qualifications. It’s also discreet. Not everybody is comfortable learning in a large group. It offers you the benefit to tackle the subject at your own pace. You can also revisit the lessons as many times as you want. Interactive tasks through each module ensure a thorough understanding of the subject. Personalized attention is given to every student.

Faster delivery
Studies show that elearning reduces time taken for learning by at least 25 to 60 percent as compared to traditional learning. It saves time because it does not take much time to set up or end a session. And as you set your own pace of learning, you save time by not following the group. Elearning will provide you an option to skip what you already know and focus on the specific topics that you need to learn. This isn’t possible in a classroom in a campus. Also as you can learn from sitting anywhere, no time is wasted on travelling. Some organizations can have their training programs completed within weeks or even days.

Effective learning
Elearning is more effective because you can easily remember and relate to what you have seen and heard. Visuals hold the attention of students and are also retained by the brain for a longer period of time. This results in improved scores on tests. With the coming of Elearning, there has been a significant increase in the number of learners who pass exams. 3D learning experience helps students to learn in a virtual atmosphere and get in depth knowledge of the subject. Elearning offers access to updated content and ensures you are in sync with modern learners. Sometimes classes are delivered live and the session becomes interactive. There is always a professor interacting with you and grading your participation, assignments and tests.

A Business opportunity?
Elearning is creating a revolution not only in the education sector but also in the business sector. Elearning is adopted by organizations that want to offer training for their employees.  It is important for countries to increase their competitiveness and employment making them more attractive to foreign investments. They do this to improve employee’s skills and thus the economic benefits they generate from that. McDonald’s saw a 10 percent sales growth because of their business controls elearning training program.

An affordable price
Elearning reduces the cost of education to the point that it becomes affordable to a developing nation. A connection to the internet and a PC is all you need to get access to a vast array of educational materials. There are no parking problems or expenses, transportation fees, housing and food services fees etc.  Textbooks too are expensive to purchase, maintain and deliver. Digital Delivery solves this issue too.

Saves environment!
Elearning is an alternative to paper based learning so it saves trees.  A study showed that distance learning courses consume nearly 90 percent less energy and produce 85 percent fewer CO2 emissions per student than campus based university courses. It happens so because elearning cuts down on travel and accommodation costs. It reduces the need for campus sites and the costs of maintaining the facility unlike in the traditional methods where starting up a school requires magical levels of energy and perseverance.

Elearning is the bus to advancements that India cannot miss. There are various startups in India like Khan Academy, UDEMY, UrbanPro and Apnastudy which have meticulously curated content, best tutors from all over India and even an option to choose the languages to teach based on the relevant syllabus and courses. Even established players like Udacity have shown a keen interest in the growth of online education in India. It wishes to improve the chances of upgrading skills of midlevel professionals.

However these courses are not being accessed by those who could benefit from education- women, the less educated and the poor. India’s challenge is to make these facilities reach these social groups.

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