Updated: Sep 25
E-learning stands for Electronic learning. It is about using information and communication technologies or ICT to expand access to education and to enhance and transfer teaching and learning. E-learning allows users across the world to take advantage of learning online using electronic devices such as computers, laptops, and smartphones. It is a platform that provides easy access for up-gradation of knowledge and skills anywhere across the world and is easily available 24 hours a day. There are two components of E-learning first is the content which is the material that the learners want to learn and the second is LMS, which means a learning management system, which is a web-based system that helps you automate the employee training. Some examples of the E-learning platform are Canvas, Moodle, and Google classroom.
The trend of E-learning is growing rapidly in India. Nowadays, it is not just about distant online learning courses but schools are also adopting this technology. It has changed the way of learning, traditional methods of learning are gradually transforming day today. We all have heard our Prime Minister talking about digital India, E-learning platform is going to be the biggest and fastest-growing sector among all digital platforms. Each and every sector under technology changes with the changing technology and thus the company makes sure to find a cost-effective way to enhance the skills of their employees. Earlier, the companies would arrange training classes for new employees, but today it is no longer a trend for companies rather they grant E-learning courses to them for training.
In 2020, E-learning has reached a different level as the world fights COVID 19 pandemic.
E-learning has provided a platform wherein the individual gets a customized package related to key thematic areas through a self-guided process. Most of the countries have adopted this platform, also many Indian EdTech Companies have offered free online courses while others are it on a discount rate. The ministry of Human Resource Development has launched E-learning classes on Swayam Prabha DTH channel for school students in view of the coronavirus outbreak, whereas many schools, colleges, and universities have preferred teaching students through virtual live classes using various platforms like the Zoom meeting app and Google meet. This gives the learners freedom of choosing time and location of their own. It helps students to access course modules, materials, assessments online and this reduces their time to make special library visits. And thus, a student and learn and earn at the same time.
Recently, to conquer the Covid-19 lockdown conditions the government launched the "PM eVidya Programme" wherein the top 100 institutions in India have been allowed to offer fully online degrees from May 30, 2020. This will help students to learn in their comfort zone, staying safe at home. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman, has also announced the launch of National
Foundational Literacy and Numeracy Mission for ensuring that every child should attain learning levels and outcomes in class Grade 3. For this Teacher Capacity Builder, a circular framework, Engaging learning materials which will be online and offline.
This shows the Indian Government is expanding E-learning in higher education. As EdTech in India is a vast market that is growing every day, the future of the EdTech market looks favorable and shall be advancing in terms of Technology.