Interesting Facts About eLearning In India
e-Learning in India has come a long way with the development of technology. India is one of the nations that is developing at an exponential rate in terms of technology. With a population of more than 1.3 billion, the availability of high-speed internet and smartphones, India has the most number of technologically driven persons. The rise of the internet has changed the way of life in India. People like to do everything online, they shop online, do business online, make friends online, learn online, etc. While eCommerce is the most significant online industry, online education and learning stand right next to it. With the ever-increasing information available on the internet and the countless number of online courses, many people in India prefer to learn online.
By seeing the potential and immense popularity of eLearning development and design digital technology in India, our honorable Prime Minister has envisioned transforming our nation and creating opportunities for all citizens by harnessing digital technologies through ''Digital India' initiative. The initiative comprises of various projects in various areas relating to health, education, labor, employment, etc. As a part of the 'Digital India' project, many colleges and universities offer online correspondence courses. Now let’s go through some of the interesting facts about online education in India.
• eLearning market in India was worth $247 million in 2016, which is expected to grow about $1.96 billion by 2021. That is a compound annual growth rate of 52%.
• The number of users enrolled for various online learning courses is estimated to be 1.6 million in 2016, Which is expected to grow about 9.6 million by the end of 2021.
• It is estimated that there is a 175% increase in the cost of classroom education, this gives online education more preferred because it is cost effective.
• Nearly 48% population in India, an age group between 15–40 with high aspirations but lower income, is a good target market for online education. And, the acceptability of online channel is high in the younger demographic.
These factors clearly show the involvement and future potential of eLearning in India. Now let’s discuss some of the advantages and disadvantages of online education over traditional education.
Advantages Of eLearning
1. Learn From Anywhere, At Any Time
Since online education only requires a laptop or a smartphone with an internet connection, students can learn anywhere at any time. This flexibility helps working professionals to pursue new courses without giving up their jobs. They can learn at weekends or in their free time. All the course materials are readily available at student’s fingertip.
2. Save Money And Time
Online education is much more cost effective than completing a regular on-campus degree. It helps students who cannot afford a regular college degree to accomplish their dream without spending a fortune on college education. Since you study at your own time, it helps to save time as well.
3. Learn At Your Own Pace
Everyone learns at a different pace. In a classroom, where all students are being together, following the lesson may be difficult. This is a serious disadvantage of traditional education. Online education solves this issue. In online education, all course materials are provided beforehand, and students learn by taking their own time. They can also clarify their doubts by live chats or forums as well.
4. Recognition Of Online Degrees
Online degrees are accepted by many companies and employers in India as long as it is accredited and approved by Distance Education Council (DEC) of India. Many of them are encouraging their employees to get online education as well.
Disadvantages Of eLearning
1. Chances Of Distraction Are Very High
Students can easily lose track of their studies in online education since there are no face-to-face lectures and classmates to remind you about assignments. Until and unless you keep yourself motivated, it takes a long time to complete your course or abandon your entire course.
2. Fraudulent Online Courses
There are many websites that offer online courses without the accreditation of any educational authority or in the name of fake authorities. Such courses will not help you to get any job. So it is very important to choose an accredited online/distance program before you spend money on it.
3. Cannot Do Courses That Require Labs/Workshops
You cannot do an engineering course or any other course that requires labs or hands-on workshops online. Also in courses like MBA, you miss the chances of professional networking, overseas experience, etc. which are considered important parts of a course.
Can India Stand Out Among Other Countries?
Yes, India can and most surely excel in this field if the people come together and help each other grow, there are possibilities and potential for people to grab as much knowledge as possible and properly utilize their free time to educate and make themselves better. The main challenge which the youth and general audience of India faces is the high level of distraction and lack of motivation due to which the people cannot focus on one topic and excel in it. We will discuss this in detail in the next section.
Main Challenges To Overcome The main challenges to overcome are the lack of motivation and will to study and excel in life. They should have a goal and work toward achieving it, but there are multiple distractions in the form of games and time-waste without any reason. If a common Indian overcomes these challenges, then they can breakthrough any social norms and show to the world that they are not less than anyone else. Online education will help them make their lives better no matter where they are or who they are.
Dr Rajendra Prasad Kendriya Vidyalaya