The emergence of Internet services sowed the seeds of e-learning in the early stages of the technological revolution. However, with the advent of digital transformation, the wide acceptance of the internet and its penetration into people’s daily lives has broadened the scope of online education.
The education sector is in the midst of a digital transition. Learning is no longer confined within the four walls of a classroom.
Rapid technological changes, internet penetration and growing demand for skilled labor have led learners to adopt a flexible learning path that allows them to study at their convenience.
From a “nice to have” option for educational institutions and businesses, it has become essential to have an online game.
This has given rise to a range of edtech players across the learner life cycle, from pre-primary to K-12 and on to higher education and professional certifications.
While these trends have opened doors in the education sector, they have also given edtech players the responsibility to do justice to what had until then been considered a noble profession.
Ultimately, we are dealing with human beings and there is a risk of making the process completely mechanical. We must be careful about maintaining the personal touch in any form, to ensure the process remains humanized.
Currently, online education is as common as traditional or “regular” education. Classroom learning also includes digital technologies or depends on online resources to effectively deliver content to students.
For example, AR-VR technologies are incorporated into the school curriculum to give students near-real-life experience of the concepts they learn from textbooks, ensuring immersive and interactive learning.
The online mode contributes to blended learning, which ensures uninterrupted learning by improving accessibility and engagement.
THE THREE MODES OF EDUCATION
The national education policy has enabled three teaching methods — conventional on-campus education, distance or correspondence education and on-line education.
The conventional fashion is still the most popular, in which knowledge exchange takes place in an immersive on-campus learning environment through face-to-face classroom interactions.
Students and teachers follow a structured schedule and curriculum that determines the pace of learning. Students also become part of the larger campus community, which allows for peer-to-peer learning and enhanced faculty/industry interactions.
distance mode emerged over the past three decades and is popular among experienced professionals or people of working age. Printed self-study materials prepared by registered universities are the main source of learning.
Limited interactions with co-learners and instructors are available. Study centers act as intermediaries between students and establishments. To take the exams, learners must go to the centers of the jurisdictions of the university.
online education combines the best of both worlds – offering the quality and credentials of a conventional campus program while making it affordable and accessible through modern platforms and digital solutions.
A learning management system (LMS) is the primary channel for learning. Students can learn through synchronous and asynchronous methods using various self-learning resources available on the LMS.
It includes short and long reading material, recorded videos, online live lectures, short concept videos, and an e-library with e-books. It allows students to pursue their favorite programs from anywhere and at a time that suits them.
They only need an internet-connected device, a smartphone/tablet/laptop. All of this is well supported by a host of digital enablers like student communities, online college lifecycle management, career services, and more.
METHODS TO MAKE ONLINE EDUCATION EFFECTIVE
The continuous efforts of online education providers are creating an on-campus learning experience in online mode. Various methods are devised in this regard.
- Gamification: A learner can continue a program as if playing a game with points by completing each module and a leaderboard to showcase top performers, etc.
- 360 degree videos: These 360 degree videos give the essence of virtual reality for more immersive learning and a complete transmission of concepts.
- Micro-learning: Explains concepts in slices so learners can soak in knowledge seamlessly, compared to reading long articles or books all at once.
- Mobile-first approach: Smartphones are an integral part of human life, and the mobile-first approach is an effective strategy. Mobile learning apps help students learn anytime, track their learning progress, get notifications, and more. Short content is the main component of the mobile approach.
- Practical sessions: The e-learning program includes hands-on sessions to give students an in-depth understanding of each concept and hands-on experience in these topics.
- Adaptive learning: Systems are evolving at a rapid pace to ensure that individual learning paths are personalized across different content formats, difficulty levels, and more. to suit individual learning pace. This ensures holistic development of the entire learning cohort.
These are some of the methods adopted to improve the efficiency of online education to compete with conventional learning.
Students from the most remote areas could enroll in online degree or certificate programs offered by top universities, improving education access and equity, especially in the teaching sector. superior.
Digital solutions are results-driven to provide objective improvement in learner skills and be able to deliver at scale, making quality education accessible and affordable.
Universities and edtech players have different strengths and different DNA. The two must work together to synergize their long-term strengths to provide an affordable and accessible learning experience for students across the country.
This will propel the industry into the next big wave of education in India.
– Article by Gaurav Vohra, Commercial Director, UNext Learning
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