E-learning: A Matter Of Need More Than Choice

(IndiaToday in Education, January 7th, 2016) E-learning: A Matter Of Need More Than Choice

In today's world, educational technology has become an effective tool in the learning process. Electronic educational technology, also known as e-learning or distance learning, has become an important part of the society. With the help of live lectures, people are consuming course content much in the same way as students in a regular classroom set-up. In fact, in some ways, the experience is better than of those who've still stuck to the traditional mode of learning.

The focus should shift from knowledge-based to application-based testing to gauge the learner's ability while the teaching staff needs to quickly sharpen their technological skills to leverage the digital platform. 



Below are a few advantages of E-learning:

Cutting across boundaries

The major advantage of E-learning over offline mode is to access information anywhere and anytime. It is one of the most convenient way to gather the knowledge and information in an interactive way. Seamless delivery of live lectures, where students get to interact with the teaching faculty in an instant, is successfully recreating a traditional classroom, though virtually.

Changing the rules of examination

Apart from changing the way education seekers consume content, the online mode has also brought a positive development in the examination procedure. It also helps the students understand the concepts in a more engaging and interesting way. Needless to say, it economies the use of resources by eliminating the need for staff, stationery supplies, campus facilities, furniture etc.

A boon for self-learners

With its many advantages at every step, online education has indeed redefined 'convenience' for both students and teachers. The rapid adoption of smartphones and the increasing dependence on data has opened up a whole new world of mobile-based learning. This has come as a boon for self-learners by allowing them to sample course content before they decide to take the plunge and opt for a course.

Enhancing the teacher-learner bond

With more and more institutions warming up to the idea of making educational content available online, it is important that learners quickly adapt to this changing trend. In a dynamic online set-up, both teachers and students can learn from each other and embark on the path of discovery and knowledge by keeping it interactive. In today's scenario, the role of the teacher is shifting from being just information-owners to facilitators and guides. This is best supported through the digital format, where learning can give way to experiential learning. The platform also allows educators to find creative ways to make the best use of class time whereas students get a chance to sharpen their technological side so they can derive maximum value.

Redefining outlook and conventional thought processes

Digital learning is turning the education into a more 'inclusive' experience and makes the right teaching talent more accessible. The prevailing educational system has to break away from the idea of imparting learning and instead, encourage out-of-the-box thinking towards life, career and learning. The fact that we have the maximum number of engineering graduates in the world and the country still lags behind globally in technological development, says a lot about the system that only pushes people to follow the herd.

The goal of our new education system should be to create entrepreneurs, innovators, artists, scientists, thinkers and writers who can establish the foundation of knowledge-based economy rather than the low-quality service providing nation that we are turning into. And this is impossible if education stays restricted to the confines of a conventional classroom.