A few years ago, the state of the Indian education system was significantly dingy and apathetic. Several issues had been bothering the education system like lack of practical knowledge, outdated syllabus, insufficient quality teachers, and even infrastructure in many places. However, as the world, alongside India, entered the digital and technological era, a lot has been changed, including this includes the education system as well.
As per the Indian Brand Equity Foundation, India now holds a very important place in the global education industry as it has the largest population in the world in the bracket of 5-24 years. This presents a large number of opportunities in the education sector. India even has a substantial English speaking population which makes the delivery of education products easy. In fact, India has been ranked 27 out of 80 countries in the English Proficiency Index in 2017. Also, between April 2008 to December 2018, the inflow of U.S$ 2.21 billion has been witnessed as FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) in the education sector.
So, what exactly is Online Education or E-learning and how it has changed the Indian Education landscape?
E-learning is one of the best for students studying by using the latest technologies to acquire access to the educational list outside of the traditional classroom. It mostly refers to a course or any program that can be studied online as well degree can be obtained.
E-learning can be stated as one boon which came with the impacts of digitization and technological advancement in the current world. The concept of learning things online has started in 2002 – 2003 and since then has evolved and spread into various forms education sectors and institutions thereby providing easy access to many students with knowledge and experience they want to have which wasn’t possible for all in the traditional classroom-based learning. Boarding schools in India are rapidly following the latest technologies of educating the students.
E-learning has played the responsibility of a game-changer for carrying regarding a fair approach to the best education system. This has been done so by offering limitless teaching and learning methods, while also getting better the students learning outcomes, participation, and imparting ways of innovation tremendously. The Internet has played a very important role in making e-learning easy for the students. This technical business has grown into a prolific one and has been estimated to have a steady growth of 25 percent on a yearly basis.
Furthermore, the start of several IT related platforms has generated many entrepreneurship opportunities, and many education startups have mushroomed up with new and improved versions of e-learning models so stay in line with fast-changing demands and requirements of the students. Even the pioneering deployments of ICT solutions have been a means of rising above multiple barriers in order to provide education in the country.
ICT solutions have been gaining momentum in driving quality educations to every possible place in the country. This even goes in sync with the government initiatives like the “Digital India” movement with a vision of transforming India into a digitally empowered and enlightened society and economy.
The speed at which changes occur in the current of e-learning is just unmatchable. What used to be a simple chalk & talk lesson has now evolved into engagement, collaboration, and feedback. This reproduces the number of students who sign up for online courses. 5.8 million students had registered for online courses. This is a humongous 263% add to over the last twelve years, thus making India the third-largest online learning market at the back only the United States of America and China in the world. In these circumstances, the best one can do try to innovate and have the willingness and ability to adapts to any new developments around them.
It must be understood that e-learning is basically an available technology at our doorstep, and it requires a person to make any use of it. Therefore, any vision of advantages or even disadvantages of this technology is merely an outcome of how this technology has been used. So, it is important to inculcate and spread awareness regarding the way this technology should be used in order to help students move towards having and achieving their goals rather than get misguided and fail in the process.