Education and learning are very important for the progress of mankind and to spread the light of learning among all the classes of people, the government and NGO’s are taking several steps. With the advent of technology and the growing importance of education now several other teaching and learning methods are evolving and such learning methods are as useful and significant as a regular course.
Living a life in a city is very expensive; it is hard for middle class families to meet their ends just by the earning of one person. People are now more interested in doing jobs than studying, to support the needs of their family. But to grow in a career it is important to have a good academic record and a degree to support your career. For those students who quit the regular study due to one reason or another online education course is a good source to complete their education and enhance their educational qualifications. Online education provides a practical approach to the study. Earlier people were apprehensive about the success of online education but slowly the value and importance of online education has been realized and now there are millions of people continuing their education through the online education program. Students, professional and people who are eager to learn but are unable to continue regular studies are getting benefits from online education. E-learning is the need of of the hour and so governments of different states are investing good amount of time and money to spread education in all sections of the society.
In e-learning, learning and teaching methods are electronic in nature. Communication system and information serve as a specific media to follow learning procedure. We can also say that e-learning is a reference out of classroom and at the same time provides in-classroom educational experience via technology.
E-learning is a web based learning and it is also known as computer-based learning, internet-based training or web-based training. In e-learning program content is delivered to students via intranet/extranet, audio/video tape, CD-ROM and satellite TV. The content can be in the form of text, image, animation, streaming audio and video.
Traditional formal education is based on the principle of “Knowledge reproduction model” and it is supported by class lectures, printed hand-outs, and classroom sessions. In traditional learning method the role of student is passive. Whereas in e-learning a student has to actively participate to learn. The learner should practice what they learn during e-learning course. The role of the teacher/instructor is less active in comparison to the traditional learning method. To make e-learning program more useful it is important to inculcate the feedback. For students it is important to follow the feedback and comments provided by the teacher to improve their performance. In order to make the e-learning procedure successful it is also important to follow the comments and feedbacks provided by the students and make the study program more user friendly and useful.
In e-learning different learning methodologies are followed and they have their own advantages and drawbacks.
Live learning: Also known as a synchronous mode of learning. It supports instant communication between students and teachers and among different students. Virtual classrooms use audio and video conferencing and real-time chat to support smooth communication. Live learning allows instant feedback to the student’s performance and supports regular interaction. The student can easily contact the instructor to solve their queries and problems.
Asynchronous: This method is also known as store and forward education. Here communication between instructor and student is not instant. Student communicates with teachers and fellow students using emails and online bulletin boards. This method is more popular among students as it provides more flexibility and convenience to the students. This method lacks motivation and discipline as a result students develop a lacklustre attitude towards the education program.
The popularity of online study course is increasing among knowledge seekers. Today we live in a competitive world and to remain in the race, individuals have to improve themselves and stand ahead of their competitors only then they will be able to beat them. It is not possible to continue regular study once a person starts a job but for the continuous growth and development of a career it is important to update your key skills and enhance your value.
Here the online educational course plays a very vital role. Knowledge and learning is a continuous process- the more you learn, the more you gain.
All courses particularly engineering and MBA are not available through online learning. They may be available partially provided one joins a regular institute after getting selected in the entrance tests. This article has been written just to make aspiring students aware of the facility of online learning.