A less than a decade ago to understand any subject presence of students in a classroom was compulsory because once you looses lessons from that particular professor or teacher it would go hard to understand same topic unless you have a friend with extraordinary intelligence as there was no repetition.
The days are gone where a student needs to depend on standard classroom education for better understanding and perspective. This is a digital age and everything is presumably transforming into digital form including Education. Modern India is witnessing a sudden leap of online education which is selectively different than distance education which mostly depends upon self study but in online education there is a real student and virtual teacher in form video tutorial with high quality educational academic contents.
The major problem which exists with Indian Education System is the delay in updating course syllabus. Most syllabuses seems to be outdated and in bid to compete in fractional changing world new syllabuses with updated content need to be introduced and that is conveniently easy in case of virtual education system rather than traditional classroom education.
It is presumed that Indian online education is turning around $3 billion. Many entrepreneur and universities are eager to go online with professional and skillful courses elaborated by finest expert of the subjects. India has 2nd largest internet user base and constantly increasing. English has become common education language to be taught in, so online educator has no need to worry about translating their course content in other regional languages.
Following are the five major driving forces which are responsible for rapid expansion of online education:
Convenience of time & place:
Regular face to face classroom education has time and location restriction. You have to go to particular location for specific period of time. This clause can completely vanished in case of online education as it gives flexibility of timing for 24x7x365 days. Student can work in their own flexible time framework without any barriers and that too at their own place. As there is no restriction of time and place student can learn being stressed free.
Imagine how much money one has to spend to create a perfect institution in terms of infrastructure, management, educational material, manpower, faculties etc. face to face education scenario become expensive affair. But in case of online education what we need is few inexpensive PCs, internet connection, Learning Management System (LMS) and done. Maximum course content is available online most of which is in forms of E-journal and EBooks, lots of which are free or at minimum charges.
Traditional classroom education show lethargy in updating the syllabus as it has to be start from a board or university levels and up to the time it get updated modern syllabus goes one step ahead. This phenomenon can be avoided in online education as online educators keeps themselves well aware of changing industry trends and rejuvenate whole syllabus and course content accordingly.
In a bid to be online learners we get acquainted with many digital terms and procedure which eventually helps us to be digitally literate and I has no alternative as everything from school to college and banks to government going digital. It convey us the deep perspective of using digital medium for convenience of day to day life like filling online forms, making reservation, banking transaction and other.
Online education is very secular as there are no restrictions of caste, creed, race, gender, nationality etc. anyone can learn anything. It provides us a convincing and enriching experience which we may not get in classroom education in such a diversified way. Moreover you can revise the subject as many times as you want unless you master it. This also provide global opportunity to learn from astonishing faculties which might have been we only dreamed of. It also helps to create a versatile global approach which may unlock extensive career opportunities.
Along with these five driving forces there also exist some key limitation which could be eliminated in a future course of time. They are:
Access to Internet:
India comprising 1.25 billion populations has only 35% of active internet user base and most of which is situated in urban area. Internet speed revolution is still in nascent stages as network is loose in non-urban and rural India. Most places has internet with compromising speed which may make online education little hectic.
Access to techno peripherals:
Though online education is cost effective in comparison to traditional methods but some components are inevitable for online education such as a computer, smart phones or projectors etc. along with internet connection. If online education has to be given in bulk then we’ll need Management Learning System to maneuver the whole process.
All the required help and course resources available online but in extra quantity teachers and student needs to be very vigilant while executing info or it may drag us in well of confusion if we failed to managed properly. Content may slightly differ from various resources according to place and viability. One needs to stick to content and course of one particular entity.
Although there are some distinctive limitation or say barriers in path of online education but it will expand its wing anyway. It is not going to stop. Its significance will override the limitation. What kind of change we were expecting in educational scenario with respect to its quality, content, etc can be excelled through virtual education system. Not only can this but we deciphered into more interesting visual treat which will be enjoyed by everyone who want to strengthen their skill by all manner. Virtual education is the future of education.