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elearning 2017-08-02

eLearning- An Engaging Learning Experience

With a robust infrastructure for digital access, eLearning plays a vital role in shaping the skills and education needs of the country.

By Reetika Bose Feature Writer

As of 2015, India is already the second largest market for eLearning after the United States. The sector is expected to reach $1.29 billion by 2018, growing at 17% CAGR.

Scenario of the ELearning space in India

Despite having more than half the population under 25 years of age, India is expected to face a shortage of 250 million skilled workers by 2022. Additionally, traditional education has failed to metamorphose in order to be relevant for today’s rapidly changing requirements. The rate of advancement of technologies and resulting opportunities is much too rapid for traditional programs and curriculum to keep up. Besides, there is a whole world of skills that are not even in the purview of the traditional education system eLearning will play a big role in helping bringing a step change to our education problem.

Why Online Learning?

Online education is highly accommodating of the working adult’s busy lifestyle. In fact, it’s got quite a lot going for it. Online education is often free for personal enrichment courses.

  • eLearning is very affordable. You’ll pay for your course and books, but you’ll save on travel expenses and lab fees.
  • Online learning is ridiculously convenient. You can study when you want, and some classes have a very lax completion deadline.
  • Learners can study almost any subject via online courses, from math and science to language, arts, and music.
  • Online learning, by nature, requires more interaction from the audience.
  • When you enroll in an online course, you’re not only learning the subject matter, but you’re also improving your technical skills

Personalized Online Courses

eLearning has depended heavily on online courses, and the traditional approaches to these courses works for some students. However, others have a hard time fitting life into their school schedule, and simply can’t keep up with the pace of working with a professor. That’s where self-paced online courses come in.

While eLearning online courses can be fully guided by a professor remotely, “blended” courses, which take place in-person and online, or pre-recorded and self-paced classes, there’s still an opportunity for students to fall behind. When students take a self-paced course, it can be difficult to get questions answered, which is one of the most important roles of a teacher.

Robotics

Some teachers fear that robots will one day take over the classroom as teachers, but recently technology has proven robots are more tools than teachers. They’re already in a few classrooms, but educators are still working out how to integrate them effectively into curriculums.

Robots like Kubo are a great tool for eLearning because they can help children apply their learning, whether that’s code, vocabulary, or other skills. They’re fun and interactive, which makes learning more like playtime. Getting low-cost robots into the hands of kids everywhere could be a way to help bridge gaps in student learning and account for different learning styles in the classroom.

Smarter Video

Video has been a medium in eLearning for a while, but a lot of it has been limited to pre-recorded modules, and not explored to its full potential. Many people who need to learn a new skill or fix a problem look to the Internet for a video demonstration, because it’s less abstract and we’re used to learning by watching others. Video has the power to engage students, cater to different learning styles, and act as the main tool for learning, rather than as a supplement. But that’s not all video has to offer.

Mobile Learning

Mobile learning supports, with the help of mobile devices, a continuous access to the learning process. This can be on appliances like your phone, laptop or tablet. You can learn wherever and whenever you want! :-) With the advent of mobile learning, educational systems are changing. Now you know the meaning of M-learning, let's take a look at mobile learning in education.

More and more schools are using laptops or tablets. Children consider it to be a fun. There are increasingly more educational apps available for teachers.

In a conversation with Hardik Shah, Director of E-Class Education System Ltd, talks about his numerous ideas and innovations in the areas of content, and E Learning Solutions. He said,” Online Education is expected to grow 8 times say, almost 1.96 billion by 2021. Primary and Secondary Education has the largest addressable audience. The reach is huge. We aim to achieve digital educational course for all the education segments.”

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