WHY ONLINE EDUCATION IS HERE TO STAY IN INDIA?
WHY ONLINE EDUCATION IS HERE TO STAY
“Online Learning can be a lifeline to those who have obstacles , such as geographical distance or physical disabilities “: Paul Levinson
The world is increasingly becoming smaller and smaller. The fast pace of globalisation and liberalisation have brought in revolutionary sweeping changes in the field of education and has opened the windows for alternative modes of traditional education system. We know that education is meant for an all-round development of an individual. And thus the new input of “Online Education” perfectly justifies to this , since it combines education , learning , technology , accessibility into one holistic approach. This very type of education can be accessed by students residing at anywhere and anytime by just switching on the internet options available to them via computers and smart phones.
Over the past few years, India has seen an upward rise in the field of e-learning educational system. With most of the households having an internet connections in their phones and the penetration of this ‘digitilization’ into the semi-urban or even in some parts of rural areas, online education is certainly here to stay. In this highly competitive market , where both the students and the teachers have to juggle between their institutions, home , hobbies , interests and personal fronts and be a multi-tasker; online education and learning perfectly comes as a blessing for them! The teacher and the students get involved in the qualitative exchange of ideas and information exploring multiple technological keys and communications.
ONLINE EDUCATION IN INDIA: AN OVERALL SCENARIO
E-Learning or Online education in India has seen a remarkable growth in the recent years and is now considered an important part of Distance Learning in India. The initiative of Government for a more digital based approach to learning has increased the scope for more and more online classes in India. Many top schools , colleges , universities and higher educational institutions are now going for an e-learning system , so that education reach ‘one and all’. As per a report released by KPMG India and Google Online Education in India: 2021, the market for Online Education in India is expected to witness a magnificent growth of 8 times in the 3 years.
ADVANTAGES OF ONLINE EDUCATION IN INDIA OVER TRADITIONAL ONE:
■ FLEXIBILITY : Certainly the most important benefit of online education in India as in elsewhere is its “flexibility” approach. Since this method of learning requires only an internet connection, students can pursue and learn at anytime, sitting at anywhere. This doesn’t clash with their regular work timings and hence both ends can be managed easily. Hence , this is the reason which helps working professionals to prefer online learning , to pursue new courses without giving up their jobs. They can even learn at weekends or at their free time.
■NO MORE TIME CONSTRAINT : With the onset of online education , students can avail learning anytime and are not bound to any specific duration. Hence they can pursue and continue preparation relentlessly and also they can utilise their ‘me-time ‘!
■LEARNING IS MORE ACCESSIBLE AND CONVENIENT ANYWHERE: Pupils can avail these ‘learn from home’ solutions , sitting at anywhere in the earth. This is highly beneficial for those for whom conveyance is a difficulty or who require a more flexible approach to learning or for working professionals. In this method of learning one doesn’t have to compromise on any necessary work issues for the sake of attending an institution. Hence this is quite accessible to one and all , irrespective of where one stays or where one can’t get into any regular academic course.
■ PATH FOR A QUALITATIVE APPROACH TO EDUCATION : Since online education uses a technology based adaptive approach , it generates new ideas, leading to collaborations from all sorts. It helps both the students and teachers to work together , round the clock and provides for thorough interactive sessions . Also it includes parents , alumni and activists for a continuous feedback system , aiding in overall development of students and in general society!
■ BEST OF FACULTIES: One of the most beneficial aspect of this mode of learning entails the learners to get access to the best of faculties from all over the country. In a culturally diverse country like India , this kind of platform provides the students to get a convenient mode of imparting education in their own mother tongue as well.
■COST-FRIENDLY : Online education is cost effective as it reduces the expenses incurred in infrastructure facilities. Hence students can get the best of learning in a much reduced cost , which no doubt is a great advantage of a developing country like India.
■ CONTINUOUS ASSESSMENT : Since this method of learning works 24×7 or round the clock , ample scope is there for continuous assessment and regular feedback sessions , entailing in the periodic improvement of the learners.
■ COMMUNITY EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT: Online educational classes in India have helped in the spread of community education , leading to a mass educational and vocational improvement. Most of the rural of semi-urban areas conduct evening online classes for the learners . Thus one doesn’t have to compromise one’s way of living or earning anymore or vice-versa
PRESENT PANDEMIC SITUATION OF COVID-19 AND ONLINE EDUCATION IN INDIA
We are all going through the toughest phase of human existence. The pandemic named as COVID-19 has nearly put our lives to a standstill. In this lockdown situation , online education and e-learning classes have come as a boon for the learners. The students can continue their education, practise and assessments even in this acute crisis , thus facilitating the path of education without hindrance. Infact Online education system has proved that the way of learning and knowing are relentless and ceaseless and no way it can be stopped. With the active initiative of the concerned authorities online education is now helping thousands and lakhs , be it in urban , semi-urban and rural areas in this lockdown period.
Hence to conclude , we can say that online education is though not an unalloyed boon , it has its demerits also ; However if we keep in mind its advantages, certainly the weightage would be higher on the latter. Therefore we can safely say that online education is the new path to learning and for a developing country like India, it certainly should stay for the each and every individual has the basic right to education.