E-learning: the future of education
Technology will play a major role in education in coming times. e-learning will be a major force in education and it will become an indispensable instrument of learning. It will impact and enhance the on-campus teaching and learning experience by a huge margin.
In the era of Internet, where everything is getting transformed into the digital or the cloud world, people are getting more tech-savvy and dependent on technology for better knowledge and access. The new GenX is more adaptive to the technology and gizmos.
Education industry is also not very far from this technological revolution. There is a huge scope of e-Learning and it’s the future of education but it has a long way to go before it reaches there. Technology when used in all the stages of learning process can be highly impactful and beneficial. We have a huge scope to make the learning experience very powerful and effective in India.
Online delivery requires enhanced presentation and communication skills. Since there is no face-to-face interaction, one must focus on keeping the content simple and yet very interesting, they can use small videos, diagrams, graphs and similar stuff. A trainer should keep one common language for all the students. One must prepare the topic well in advance.
A lot depends on the choice of online delivery mechanism too. A good online mechanism provides you the good infrastructure and options to conduct the class smoothly.
Merits of e-learning
The focus of the learning process is on knowledge management, knowledge navigation and knowledge synthesis. All are extremely important in their own respective ways. If you look at the current online education scenario, you would have read/ heard or experienced about the smart classes, test prep platforms and various online course providers who have gained popularity in the past few years. All the platforms/ methodologies have some merits and challenges. Online teaching connects students from different geographical locations. For students, they can now get connected with experts/ professionals they had just been following on social media.
Online learning enhances both individual and collaborative learning. For individual learning, user can do online learning at his own pace and time. A learner can measure his own performance and progress. Online learning and assessment can provide an accurate picture of his learning curve supported with personalized feedback to each user. Same system can be used for collaborative learning where students study online together, ask their doubts from the peer group and help each other learn fast. Students can check their individual performance level and also compare their performance among the group. Online learning if used optimally can provide best results for individual as well as collaborative learning.
It’s important to use the technology throughout the learning cycle, right from assimilating knowledge to practice to assessment. Online assessment of the conceptual knowledge and its constucts plays an indispensible role in the learning process. Learners get the clear metrics of his performance, benefits by identifying his strong and focus areas.
Online learning: which subjects suit best?
At present, online assessment is best suited for various disciplines where objective type questions can be asked. Where creativity is required, you may be able to pass on the knowledge but it’s assessment cannot be made uniform. Uniform assessment means where all the students can be assessed on the basis of a uniform set of questions and uniform way of measuring the performance.
For instance, you can teach Maths online, make a student or group of students practice questions and then assess them basis a uniform test. But the same can’t be replicated in a subject which involves the different level of creativity, say English.
Availability and usage of internet is still an issue in many parts of our country. Also, the next challenge here is to assess how much the students are able to understand the concepts and secondly how do we assess them.
Besides, education institutions will have to deal with the intellectual property challenges in the future in certain areas related to the processes or methodology which are patented after researches. There is a major challenge of protecting content as it gets easily copied and is available on various platforms online and offline as well. Course content remains more or less same for each concept; the major differentiator will be the methodology and the delivery to the end users.
How online teaching and learning affects graduate employability?
India is progressing from every angle. There is a huge focus on the digital platform. More skilled resources are getting generated and this also means, competition is growing. Understanding the dynamics of the evolving industries and market disruption happening across various sectors, the demand for acquiring new skills is increasing in order to stay employable.
Definitely online teaching and learning are both adding value to the employability. A good online course can help students/professionals to gain more skills/ upskilling/ reskilling in ever changing industry dynamics.
Tips for schools…
Schools are the shapers of any country’s economy as they help lay the foundation of education in every child’s life.
Teachers’ have significant role in imparting knowledge, so they need to understand the importance of acquiring skills to teach using the new methodologies and get trained for it. The coming generation is faster and smarter. Every child has talent and potential and are unique in own ways. It’s important for schools and educational companies to come together and find the bigger synergies to benefit the society and the country as a whole.
On a concluding note…
Online education is going to rule the education industry in the coming few years.
Quality education can be imparted to the most interior regions of the country with the help of the technology at minimal cost. With the advent of technology and growing focus on digital India by the Govt, online education will certainly get the boost in the coming years.
EduSaksham is an EdTech start-up founded by a group of IIT Bombay alumni with a vision to enable (Saksham) every child for quality education and to provide excellent learning experience at every stage of their academic life. They believe that learners grow not only at a specific time or in a situation but also learn maximum when they practice and the impact is visible in their results. The core team of EduSaksham comes with a rich industry experience and is passionate about creating a difference in education industry. Run by Kunal Deep, EduSaksham focuses primarily on online practice and assessment for K12, competitive exams and professional courses.