Online education has grown in popularity in recent years and has started to revolutionize the education industry. People call it the new normal. Although online education has been on the cards for a few years, it was the Covid-19 pandemic that heralded a boom for the industry. The need for distance learning, virtual communication and a focus on professional development has paved the way for the online mode of learning.
According to experts, the future of online education in India looks very bright as statistics show that the online education market will grow by 50% during the period 2021-2025. It is a fact that EdTech has become one of the mainstays of the post-pandemic economy for investors and practitioners.
Due to the many benefits of online learning, the Indian government has allowed universities to offer fully online degrees as they believe it could transform the education sector in the country for the better.
How do online programs prepare you for the VUCA world?
To stay in a world where there is a lot of uncertainty and ambiguity, we must continuously improve our skills and familiarize ourselves with the latest technologies.
Online courses play an important role in this because they help us find the right balance. Whether you are a student looking to pursue higher education or a mid-career professional looking for growth or a career change, online courses are the best way to do it. They prepare you for any complex or unpredictable situation and prepare you for the future.
Here are some additional benefits of doing online programs-
Expanded learning opportunities
Online education opens up a multitude of new learning opportunities. You don’t need to limit yourself to one course or college as there are hundreds of them at affordable prices. Depending on your passion or the demand of the field, you can take the course of your choice from any recognized online learning platform.
Exposure to broader career options
Online courses help you connect with people from different cultures around the world who can share their views and ideas about your chosen career path. You get exposure to a wide range of career opportunities, and as a result, you can make a final call based on your area of interest.
Convenient and Flexible Learning: Unlike the traditional mode of learning, which requires you to travel to school, college or any other educational institution, online education allows you to learn lessons in comfort of your home. Many educational institutions offer advanced learning management systems (LMS) that allow you to attend online classes, access study materials, and interact with expert professors and alumni whenever you want. It is a safer and more convenient form of learning.
Stay up-to-date and competitive: Learning and hiring trends continue to change rapidly, and you always need to stay up-to-date to stay in the loop. Know what are the in-demand and highest-paying fields and take related courses. Gaining in-depth knowledge and skills on the subject helps you stay ahead of the competition.
Diversity of topics and perspectives
When you opt for e-learning, you can take several courses and gain insight into various topics that will help you advance your career. Whether you’re looking to build your career, restart or change careers, it’s never too late.
Personalized learning: A customizable learning environment creates a personalized learning experience for students. An online course structure is usually tailored to meet each student’s individual strengths, skills, and interests. This allows everyone to learn at their own pace.
Improved decision-making abilities
You may find yourself in the middle of many career options and feel confused or overwhelmed about which path you should choose. You can always seek support from your peers or speakers you meet through the online learning medium to guide you in the right direction.
Adaptability to constant change: With ever-changing technology, everyone needs to equip themselves with the right technical and soft skills to meet the needs of an ever-changing business world. This helps you stay on par or ahead of your competition.
Ever-increasing competition demands that students and working professionals be versatile and cross-functional. People with diverse knowledge and skills have the upper hand in this fast-paced world. Online learning opens up a new world of education. It offers flexibility, a diversity of subjects and the opportunity to broaden one’s career horizons. For those who face the challenge of balancing work, family and education, an online course can be an ideal solution. Online education helps you prepare and maintain yourself in the VUCA world.
(The author is Business Manager, UNext Learning)