“Online learning is rapidly becoming one of the most cost-effective ways to educate the world’s rapidly expanding workforce.”
– Jack Messman, former CEO at Novell
In this article, we will talk about the future of online education in India. We will present some reports, data, etc. so that all your queries can be cleared.
Imagine you walk into the on-campus classroom. You take a seat in one of the neatly arranged desks facing the boards. While you wait for the instructor to arrive, you chat with other students. Once the instructor arrives, they begin to teach you content using a lecture. Sometimes the instructor calls on students to answer questions, but most of the time you are a recipient, not a participant in the learning process. Sometimes the instructor covers material too quickly for you to fully grasp it and another time the instructor is moving too slowly to keep your attention. Your learning experience is limited to the time, space, and speed of that classroom. This is the traditional face-to-face model of school.
Now imagine that you enter your own personal classroom at any time- day or night that works with your schedule. While no one else is physically present in that space with you, you see your computer or mobile device and know that you can connect with classmates and your instructor with just a few mouse clicks, keystrokes, or taps of a button using online tools like discussion boards, email, or video chat. You can move through the class content at the pace that works for you.
Instead of feeling the pressure to instantly understand everything the professor shares during a lesson, you know the opportunity to review multimedia lesson materials as many times as you would like. Instead of being put on the spot to answer questions in class, you can take your time to think through and more fully form responses to questions before you post them on a discussion board. All of the learning materials and pieces of information you need to be successful in the course are available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the entire course. This is online learning.
What is Online Education?
“Online Education is a form of education which allows students to have all kinds of the best courses that they want, sitting in their own houses.”
Online education is also called e-learning which usually means “to learn by digital medium” at your own comfort from anywhere.
Future of Online Education in India
From when the pandemic due to Corona takes place, the culture of work from home has grown tremendously. At present time, we are witnessing exponential growth in the online education industry. Today majority of schools, colleges and even coaching institutes are adopting online education culture.
Except for these institutions, well-known starts up like unacademy, Coursera, BYJU’S are already providing the best content to their students. Now, the question arises, what is the future of online education in India?
The future of online education in India as well as all over the world is very bright. The teachers and students both are starting to understand the importance of online education today. The Corona pandemic has taught everyone that there is no need for any physical institutes for studying. Anyone can learn anything from their own houses with only an online education system.
From 2008 to 2014, the cost of education has increased by 175%, for reducing its fees, e-learning is the best platform. In 2016, 5.3 million students enrolled in online courses and the number of students has increased up to 260% in the last 12 years. India is the second e-learning marketplace after the USA.
Before the pandemic, only a few institutes were adopting online education. But during the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a very fast increment in the online education growth graph. The educators and students have understood the importance of e-learning. Therefore, the educators started educating via online medium and students started to join their courses at a very fast speed. As a result, we saw incredible growth in the online education industry.
The online industry that is projected to reach $18.66 billion in 2019 globally is growing very fast. The researches show that there will be a very fast growth in the online education industry and the online education industry will become a $350 billion company up to 2025. These are the points that prove the future of online education in India as well as all over the world is very bright.
Is Online Teaching the future?
After seeing many reports by authorities and analyzing the importance of e-learning, I definitely can say that Online teaching will be the future in the coming years. Most institutions will be adapting the online education system. Thus, the future of online teaching is very bright.
Which study is better Online or Offline?
In one word, both online and offline studies are good. Both have their own importance. But if you want to study skill-based courses or practical-based courses, then you should go for offline education. And if you want to study degree-based courses that are skill is not your first priority, you should join online institutes.
Why is Online better than Offline?
There are many points that prove that online education is better than offline. In online education, you can join the best courses by the best teachers from all over the world sitting in your own houses or in your comfort. There are many free online resources available on the Internet which every student must know.
Is Online Education effective?
Off course. Online education is the demand of this time. The institutions like BYJU’S, Coursera, etc. are providing the best content to their students and satisfying them with their services. Today, most students are preferring to choose online courses instead of going to offline institutions. So, we can say that online education is effective and it will be effective in the future.
What are the pros and cons of Online Education?
Everything has some pros and cons in this universe. Online education or e-learning has also some pros and cons that must be known by both students and teachers. One of the biggest pros of it is that anyone can join any courses from anywhere. And the biggest cons of e-learning are that there are no physical teachers near you, there is no interaction with anyone, everything is virtually organized, and studying is your self-responsibility.
Can Online Education replace traditional education?
In my opinion, it is not possible but in the future, it can be possible, At the current time, Online education can dominate traditional education but can’t replace it. The reason for it is that online education is not suitable for every topic. Many topics require interaction with mentors or teachers that is not possible in online education. So, we can say that online education cannot replace traditional education.
How does virtual learning affect students?
Virtual learning can help in growing mentally but physically, no way. Offline education helps the students to grow mentally and physically. But in online education, it is not possible. The students give their maximum time to attend their class and spend much time on their devices such as computers, mobiles, tabs, etc. This causes health issues in the students. Instead of this, the students feel pressure, anxiety, loneliness, lack of social environment in their lives.
Does virtual learning help students?
Yes, virtual learning helps students to grow mentally. There are many institutions that are providing the best e-content to their students. The students are also becoming successful by joining online courses. Thus, it proves that virtual learning helps students to achieve their goals.
What are the disadvantages of Online Education?
There are few disadvantages of online education such as –
- Requires self-discipline and time management skills
- Lack of Social Interaction
- Lack of Practical-based topic
- Not suitable for every topic
- Not all Institutes offer Quality Education
- Health-Related Issues etc.
I hope you have got our points and understand how the future of online education or e-learning in India as well as all over the world is bright. Either you are a student or an educator, if you want to grow, you will have to resort internet and utilize the internet in your studying.
If you aren’t able to find out the best courses of your interested field offline, you should definitely go for online education and take advantage of that. It will grow you.
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