Rise of E-Learning During Co-vid Era:
While we are observing that the online education sector is rapidly growing even before the COVID-19 pandemic, it is relevant to say that the contagion has accelerated this growth at a rapid rate. With the help of online learning, being physically present in classrooms has given way to innovative new methods of education. As students are avoiding from being physically present in the same room as their teachers and classmates, online education is certainly the only way of learning during this age of quarantines and social distancing.
As an outcome, the range of online learning has also expanded during this challenging period. Starting from playschools to top universities, most of the institutes of learning are offering online education to varying degrees. Schools and colleges are closed indefinitely, which means millions of students are now dependent on online learning platforms to further their education and make the most of this unprecedented situation. The e-learning nowadays is going to skyrocket over the next few months.
Similarly online coaching centers are playing a vital role in this pandemics time and playing a significant role in the development of students in various department, so with the help of these institutes students are improving their skill-sets as well as keeping themselves active for their future.
The terrified and critical effect of COVID-19 has shaken the world to its core. Therefore, majority of the Governments around the world have temporarily closed educational institutions in an attempt to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. In India, the government has closed all educational institutions during lock-down, as a result of which, learners ranging from school going children to postgraduate students, are affected.
This nationwide lock-down are impacting over 91% of the worlds’ student population. Most of the countries have implemented localized closures impacting millions of additional learners.
Advantages Of E-Learning Learning/Education:
Can Reduce Physical Infrastructure Cost: By moving courses online, you save on travel/ commute, the actual classroom and administrative infra rentals, and cost of lodging and boarding. Lower costs will also mean lower fees for learners.
Larger Reach with available resources: By moving courses online, you are no longer limited by ‘sanctioned strength’ or ‘limited seats’. The ability to market your online courses and the credibility achieved of content and scoring systems determines the number of learners flocking to learn from a particular online training provider.
Wide Reach with No Physical Boundaries: By moving courses online, you are no longer serving a limited local population of students but can cater to a global population of enrolled participants. In contrast to tutors, you need not be limited by locally available expertise, but can use the best professionals from anywhere around the world.
Eco-friendly: Without paper books and paper examinations, there’s significant saving on paper, and that preserves the environment by not cutting down trees for its production.
Time & Cost Saving Method: Online content can be created quicker when compared to publishing books or journals. Therefore, automation in scoring systems is flexible to implement for immediate results, reducing huge amounts of time hanging around for traditional methods of declaring results after a long period. As owning online and modern technique the answer sheets can be verified at anytime from anywhere for either purpose of audit or re-evaluation.
Breaks down red-tape: Online enrollments, training and assessments leave negligible room for red-tape, bureaucracy, favoritism and corruption.
Flexible learning patterns: Studying online allows you to learn at your own pace rather than a regimented fixed set of books and a class timetable or schedule of learning.
Not suitable for everyone – It is a reality that students have a dominant learning style. Some a visual, some auditory, some kinesthetic, etc. Student is required to sit before a device in E-learning process may not be suited to all learning styles.
Lack Of Student Focus – Some students evade concentration for a longer period during virtual classes. Frustration and Boredom occurs easily as there is a lack of face to face communication. It is always crucial for the teachers to keep their online sessions crisp and interactive enough to assist students in grasping everything.
Technological Problems – Internet insights have grown over the past 12 months in India, the current infrastructure, especially in smaller towns, can pose a problem. Any interruption in data connectivity can lead to lack of continuity in the learning for the child, which can be detrimental. Therefore, if a student is technophobic, he may face problem in learning.
Absence of social communication – People’s grasps a lot by simply being around other human beings. Sadly, e-learning takes away all physical communications that students and teachers might have on the school premises. It is always suggested for students to be around other students to communicate or discuss ideas, which is an important part of learning. Peer learning certainly takes a hit.
Lack Of technical knowledge in Teachers – E-learning demands the teachers to be technology-friendly, which, unfortunately, is not the case always. Tutors have to spend more time in aligning themselves with the latest technology updates to ensure they can conduct their online classes seamlessly.
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