Fulfilling the Dreams of Young India through E-Learning

August 4th, 2014
 
HIGHLIGHTS

  • The advanced education situation is additionally seeing mechanical advancements, for example, Massive Open online course (Moocs) that is giving option parkways to worldwide understudies.
  • Indians are among the most forceful clients of Moocs. Of the 2.9 million enrolled clients of Coursera in March, more than 250,000 were from India, second just to those from the U.S.
  • E-Learning involves gaining from a machine. Engineering might be utilized to guarantee that the machine continually captivates and obliges people to communicate – consequently keeping them adapting eagerly throughout a lesson.
  • Developing world governments cannot expand traditional educational facilitates to the large number of youth who are currently not in a classroom, or the even larger cohort behind them.
  • Demand for higher education in Asia will grow from 48 million enrollments in 1990 to 159 million enrollments in 2025, but India has spent only 3.2% of GDP on education, ranking 140th out of 180 countries tracked by the CIA World Fact book.

 
Advantages of E- learning over other Methods

  • Online education is cheaper – and more efficient. There are no restrictions of a real classroom – so thousands of people can participate in online education courses. There is no limit on how many people can sign up for the classes of a great teacher, that too of their choice.
  • Gaming in e-Learning can be a medium of education for children, starting from kindergarten to enhance their educational ability through playing games.
  • With the simple availability and competitiveness of e-learning (electronic learning), women can now study from the solace of their homes whenever they wish to. By engaging themselves thus through new innovations like e-learning, women are likewise assimilating new abilities that will prove to be useful in today’s progressing globalized world.

 
E-Learning and the Current Technology

  • Technology may well be the answer to all the ills that are currently plaguing the Indian education system. From dealing with inadequacies in India’s infrastructure to lack of quality teachers – technology can help bridge the gap effectively.
  • Most of the children are currently using Tablets and cell phones. Tablets in the field of education can be the game changer in the months to come.
  • Technology needs to be integrated with the classroom and teachers. Doing so will not only help address the issue of quality of instruction, but use of technology and e-learning will also allow good teachers to expand their reach.

 
Recommendations

  • Considering the current capacities of universities, it will not be possible for universities to provide seats to millions of aspiring students, so introducing online programs and flexible blended learning models can steep a way through, which can help in educating the youth who wish to attain higher education but lack opportunities.
  • Universities should be allowed and boosted to expand across the country with study centers and off-campus learning centers to facilitate the technological learning. For example: hybrid learning programs which can allow youth to learn while earning.
  • To reach the GER (Gross Enrollment Ratio) of 30% by 2020, Online Programs and flexible blended learning models can be introduced in universities and government can facilitate Wi-Fi, low cost broadband and computer tablets for the youth.
  • Set up blended/hybrid classrooms, learning hubs in universities and in other existing infrastructures like schools, colleges, community centers, and training centers.

 
 

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