Only a few years ago, if a student wanted to get a qualification, a degree or a certification or even simply learn something new, he/she would look for an institute or a college/university that best matches his/her requirements. One would pay the relevant fee and then started attending the classes physically. This was the scenario until the revolution of online learning or e-learning started.
With the advent of online learning, every year, lakh of students are moving towards online education with an increasing trend. With every passing year, the e-learning market is growing exponentially. The growing financial value of online education is matched only by the swelling numbers of students choosing to follow an online course.
Technology has completely changed the way education is delivered. The classroom no longer refers to a physical location only. E-learning has changed the way students think about education. Nowadays, it has become easier, yet reliable and beneficial, to receive a degree or certificate online. Students no longer need to commute to a distant location to attend classes and are often able to learn at their own pace. All a student needs is an internet connection to access the lessons and course material.
Online learning has been rapidly adopted due to the wide-spread access, and numerous benefits it offers. There are so many concerns that adults have regarding online learning, some, being:
- Do the students really learn as much from a screen as a physically present teacher?
- Will this form of education affect their soft skills and communication skills?
The growth of online education has not been easy. There have been many challenges. Since its early inception in the 1960s, online education has been constantly criticized for many reasons, some of them being its apparent lack of quality check, particularly the quality teachers, unavailability of good internet connection and trust issues.
It’s also been said that online learning deprives students of many benefits of being in a classroom set up, such as face to face teacher-student interaction.
Overcoming the Challenges in Online Learning
Regardless of the challenges, the e-learning system has showcased some great strides in recent times. Online education has become an increasingly important part of all levels, primary, secondary and tertiary education, with colleges, universities, and institutions using world-famous faculty members and professional support teams to promote online courses.
To tackle the question of the quality of teachers, a system of user rating and internal evaluation has been integrated by many e-learning providers. The teacher evaluation mechanism has become quite popular in the world of e-learning. Such progress has shut the doubts about the quality control mechanism of eLearning. It is a popular view that online education is as strong as traditional learning in a classroom, in fact, according to many, it is better than it.