How was your day, asks the mother to her little one coming home from the kinder garten ..guess what , says the boy. .IT WAS A DRAG .. They…. don’t even have a WIFI!!!
Welcome toastmasters to the world in which we stay disconnected to those nearby in order to stay connected to those far away.
Welcome to the world where you can only think of using a PPT to drive home the point The Powerpoint is dead and gone!!!
Welcome to a world where your kid will know about the Indian independence struggle, greek mythology, the Mahabharatha .. thanks to the game he plays all day.
We have come a long way .. very long way indeed
From the gurukul system to the modern guru koool system!!!
Where the gurus and sishyas are literally cooling off their heels in the cozy confines of their rooms
Whether you are scatter brained, a slow learner or a smart student, there is E- learning for you…
So What is E-Learning?
Learning conducted via electronic media typically on the internet. Successful e learning they say depends on the self -motivation of the individual to study effectively.
Perhaps that explains why having registered for 3 courses on the E- learning platform Edx , I could not complete a single one and also why my good friend Neelima sailed through her course in Data Analytics on Coursera.
It also explains why the average e learner is 34 years of age
Here are some more e learning facts:
82% of e learners are under graduates
81% of them are already employed
Over 40% of fortune 500 companies use some form of educational technology today
Companies which use E-Learning have 50% chances of boosting their revenue.
Kavita Bose of the University of Botswana writes in her paper on E Learning that it offers flexible- time and location approach. It helps learning to take place anywhere physical or virtual .
It is a boon to those who are hard pressed for time , are disabled or for some reason cannot attend regular classes at a specific time and location. And in many cases its absolutely free . All you need is a data card!!!
The catch however is that the learner needs to be self – motivated and independent.
What it overlooks obviously is the fact that learning is also a social experience… .serious learning happens for many not by way of texts but through the informal learning experiences ,shared spaces and experiences.
I spent a long time teaching students to appreciate for instance, the bravado of Lochinvar who whisks away his lady love, while at the same time cautioning them to keep their eyes off their friends in the classroom.
One of those fun- in-retrospect moments for me was when I discovered a mobile and this was in 2009 in grade X, in the classroom in a pair of socks worn by a student of mine and triumphantly handed it over to the Vice Principal . Two days later the boy asked, so mam, you kept it for yourself .. don’t bother .. mein naya le loonga.. koi baat nahi..Really!!!
In spite of the lack of all this excitement in an E- learning classroom, it is catching up across the globe and how???
India leads the chart of the growth of self-paced E-Learning by 55% ,China at a close 52% Malaysia at 41% and so on
The Learning Management system market which was 2.55 billion in 2013 is worth 4 billion in 2015 and is estimated to be over 7 billion in 2018.
If you are looking for opportunities to learn, here are some e learning institutions to look up:
EDX founded in the year 2002 is run by MIT and Harvard – has many useful certifications and recently IIMB has also started to provide courses on this platform.
Courses are available in many languages including Hindi and Urdu.
Other E–institutions include Udacity ,Open Learning Initiative University of Phoenix , The Open University etc .
If you truly enjoy learning , there’s E-Learning for you!!!
Let’s relearn , let’s E-Learn!!!
Over to you toastmaster.