What are the benefits of E-learning?

With a digital tornado and the advancement in technology, E-learning has emerged as the global change agent in the field of education. It has significantly transformed the landscape of learning and development. Parul University, one of the top ranked private universities in Gujarat highlights that e-learning has evolved the traditional setup of a classroom into an online, self-driven system of education.

The digital revolution has triggered a number of changes in how we access and share information. Various studies have shown that India has a great scope for e-learning and is one of its largest markets. Offering a number of benefits, e-learning can eliminate the issues related to infrastructure and manpower in the education sector. It is self-directed and self-paced which provides flexibility to the students in selecting the appropriate speed, tools and content as per their needs, interest and capabilities.

Parul University emphasizes that by removing the geographical barriers; e-learning has opened up broader education options. It cut downs the expense and inconvenience of getting the teachers and students in the same premise. After location, time is the biggest limitation for students as well as teachers when it comes to learning. The 24/7 accessibility of e-learning has made scheduling easy and allows a greater number of people to attend classes. Thus, the major benefit offered by e-learning is that it eliminates the expense and inconvenience of getting the instructor and students in the same place.

Parul University Group states that due to the use of attractive designs and multimedia, e-learning proves to be a more effective learning experience than traditional methods. It has been observed that the students are more interested when they are made to learn from the visuals on screen. The digitizing of information helps in controlling costs and increasing the quality as well.  It leads to higher knowledge retention rate due to the availability of a wide range of learning styles and the added advantage of refreshing the concepts at any time and place.

A report by IBEF (India Brand Equity Foundation), a Trust established by the Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India highlighted that, by the year 2017, India’s online education market size is expected to go up to $40 billion. Edu-Cloud, the cloud based educational application that can be accessed from anywhere, launched by Microsoft is likely to aid around 6 million students and 1 million teachers across 1500 institutions.

Certainly, the wide-ranging benefits offered by e-learning make it the ‘next big thing’ in our country.

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