What is the future of eLearning in India? Is the educated mass of India aware of what eLearning is? Does off-campus education has an edge over traditional method of learning or students still prefer classroom teaching? Which is more useful in this growing competitive world? These are significant questions to consider and central to education system in India but none of us has an exact answer to any of these questions.
Learning is a continuous activity and in today’s competitive world skills get outdated within a few months. In order to climb up the ladder of success one has to keep on acquiring new skills on a regular basis. In India, the number of learners is growing rapidly but there is a dearth of competent teachers. At this point of time online learning, eLearning or CD-based learning, which is fast approaching in India, has emerged to supplement classroom teaching and provide learners just in time learning. Internet has brought people across the globe together. People can register for any university online and take up different disciplines without having to go to a different place. With the advent of different modes of education like online education and distance education, learning has become flexible, anytime and anywhere. It has become geography independent, learner centric and cost effective.
Of late, corporate sectors are embracing eLearning at a rapid pace. It is not only cost effective to provide training to employees via online training materials but it also saves a lot of time and employees can learn on the job without having to devote any extra time to hone new skills. Online learning materials come with various games and interactive ways to engage the learners. Therefore, the new mantra is ‘learn while having fun’. Fun games, quiz and other interactivity in eLearning study materials not only help learners to enjoy learning but in a way, it is trying to create a niche for itself in the traditional system of education. Simulation through games is proving to be a more successful mode of training rather than theoretical education.
To conclude, eLearning has a long way to go and it is quite possible to address various learning needs using online knowledge delivery systems. People who are involved in this industry should try to provide authentic training materials to sustain the faith of the educated mass in online education, only then eLearning and online education will thrive in India.