E-LEARNING: VERSION 2.0
Remember the days when we were prone to use chalk and black board for studying, carrying slate with us. A decade ago or pre-digitalization era the sources of knowledge were big size heavily weighted books and distinguished faculties to whom, we always restricted ourselves to ask queries except the intelligent one. Major Representatives of knowledge were brain & paper. As time goes on requirement arises for constructive knowledge resource which could help for expansion of knowledge more vividly. Subsequently with the emergence of new technology a new concept of study is introduced called E-learning.
Technically E-learning is a kind of learning using electronic medium like computer and other devices where there is access of internet. Smartphone, tablet PCs are other gadget which can be used for E-learning. Huge data of different courses available virtually on internet to learn. Heavy book are converted into e-book which we can be easily stored in these devices and accessed at any time.
Prominent and noteworthy advantages of E-learning are mentioned below:
E-Learning Anywhere Anytime :
Geographical barrier are completely wiped out with this concept, as we can reach to anyone in the world through video conferencing and learn what we want. No specific time or place needed to start on or start off. It provides flexibility and choice of subject as well. There is no restriction on time of learning as you can access information at any time.
Mountains of data available in various format such as EBooks’, Journal, Data center, online tutorials etc. It can be accessed anytime and some of it can be saved for future use. Now days a versatile concept of Digital Libraries has been introduced in many institutions which exclusively used for purpose of E-learning.
Economically E-learning is cost effective and save lots of money which we supposed to spend on finding and arranging resources such as infrastructure, educational materials and others. An internet connection, few cheap PCs and a Learning Management System (LMS) is all we needed for designated e-learning program. Moreover lots of E-books & E-journal freely or with minimum charges are available.
One of most astonishing significance of E-learning is the instant updation of knowledge right from the resources as in traditional medium its take time to update. In changing scenario technology it’s important to keep employees updated with latest knowledge that’s why companies are switching towards e-learning programs for employees to make them up to date in their skills with their own choice and flexibility.
How come? Well, in E-learning we use computer, tabs or smart phones which will subsequently reduces our carbon footprint by providing a best alternative of paper based learning system. So if most of us started to learn from screens we could save plethora of trees which will good for health of environment.
Traditional classrooms got some restriction for application for technical knowledge which in case of e-learning doesn’t exist. Resources through out world give instruction to the tools, from which we were completely unaware of in traditional classrooms. Communication gaps have been filled with video conferencing giving relief from physical travels. Moreover in between we get to interact with many skilled personal which ultimately boost our knowledge about corresponding subject.
Management of Knowledge:
In traditional way of teaching we have to note down each & everything what we have been taught otherwise there are chances of getting forgot, but E-learning has designated system and tools which help to restore everything what we are learning so that can be used in future.
By virtue of E-learning we remain updated with the latest knowledge. The rate of retention and the grasp on information become strong as many elements are involved in learning process such as video, audio, quizzes, interaction etc. Black board are exchanging with projector so we can give a live demo of subject rather than just reading from textbook. Nowadays E-learning is becoming more popular due to its flexibility and other feature. Different apps are helping in learning process with interaction and engagement of learners on single platforms.
Though E-learning is beneficial, it has some drawback such as lack of human factor in knowledge acquiring process, increased dependency on technology, continuous contact with electronic devises may have ill effect on health etc. But if we carefully deal with these issues then undoubtedly E-learning could be the best learning method or we can say that it is the future of education.