Growing importance of e-Learning in the 21st-century

Posted by Manjiri Shete on Apr 16, 2021 1:05:42 PM
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Importance of E-Learning

The concept of e-learning is not new to the education sector. However, the outbreak of COVID-19 has fuelled schools' need to leverage the technology platforms to drive learning initiatives. There is heightened demand for schools to provide learning solutions to students using online platforms as the advantages far outweigh the demerits. In simple terms, e-learning is the act of learning or educating via digital resources such as software programmes, mobile devices and the internet.

The use of digital platforms for learning is vividly changing our education system. Traditional classroom training days are slowly coming to an end due to high-speed internet and technology advancement. The pandemic has grown the importance of e-learning globally. 

Any crisis makes room for experimentation, and it is time to realise the full potential of technology for learning. In the wake of the medical emergency, school stakeholders are endorsing online learning for student's safety and enhancing the quality of education. 

As part of the coordinated worldwide education response to the COVID-19 pandemic, UNICEF, UNESCO, and the World Bank had surveyed National Education Responses to school closures. The first round of the survey conducted in 118 countries and the second in 149 countries revealed that almost every country included online learning in its education response to the ongoing crisis. 89% of the countries introduced at least one measure to enhance access to online learning devices and connectivity.

 

The survey is enough to indicate the significance of e-learning, specifically after 2020. As per a World Bank study, the school closure has led to a shift to e-learning, with about 700 million students still studying from home. E-learning is so ubiquitous and massive that it is difficult to articulate a brief outline that indeed does justice to it. Unlike the conventional chalk and board teaching method, online learning makes learning convenient, where lessons can be accessed remotely from anywhere.  

The Purpose of E-Learning redefined

The word e-learning is used as a synonym for online education. It is revamping the style of providing and receiving education. With a year of COVID-19 outbreak, e-learning has made its place firmly in the sector, transforming the education sector. The idea behind electronic learning is to empower learners to study without attending the school with better organisation and quality curricula. 

Psychologists also believe that this audio-visual form of learning is effective in engaging students. It is versatile and plenty to suit all learning methods. The Global Education Monitoring Report of 2020 by UNESCO indicates the significance of technology. The study shows that technology has considerable but largely unused potential to support inclusive education. E-learning is accessible to all and can reach even the remotest areas. 

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Importance of E-Learning

A drastic shift to electronic learning after the pandemic has brought limitless advantages to students. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology identifies online learning as an essential tool for imparting education. The advancement of technology has made access to information quicker.

Let's decode how e-learning is creating an impact in the education sector: 

  • Accommodates the needs of every student

Online learning caters to the needs of each student. The digital revolution has led to remarkable changes in how we access content. Students can learn on the go irrespective of their location.

  • Access to lectures any number of times

Unlike classroom teaching, students can access the e-learning content any number of times. It is beneficial when preparing for the exam. Through online learning, you can access the lecture whenever you want as per your convenience and revisit lessons any number of times.

  • Updated Content

The e-learning platforms provide access to updated content. It makes sure that you are in synchrony with the modern learners.

  • Quick Delivery of Lessons

Post-2020, students have adapted the e-learning concept completely. One of the reasons for it is quick access to lessons. In comparison to the traditional teaching mode, online learning has relatively faster delivery access. The time required to learn through online lessons is reduced to 25% to 60% of what is the need in traditional learning.

  • Scalability 

Online learning helps students to create and communicate new ideas. You get the chance to uplift your skills and gain knowledge apart from school education. One of the prime importance of e-learning is that it helps students and teachers develop advanced skills.

As per the KPMG report, India's online education industry will see a growth of about 6 times by 2021. Surprisingly, the number of users enrolling in e-learning may touch 9.6 million users by 2021, from 1.6 million users in 2016. Estimates indicate that the eLearning market worldwide will grow immensely to the tune of more than 243 billion U.S. dollars by 2022. These forecasts indicate that eLearning is all set to become a global trend, and more and more people may go for it over traditional classroom settings.

 

How is LEAD making E-Learning effective?

Importance of E-LearningLEAD is the only platform in India that makes learning interactive and fun for young minds. LEAD-powered schools impart lessons via world-class teachers through an app with detailed audio-visual resources. Being not just 'smart' but the 'best', LEAD ensures perfect sync between teachers, students and parents to reach the unified goal of a child's academic excellence

In the LEAD system, students get to learn via three modes of teaching: 

  • Through videos and slides that teachers show from their teacher app
  • Through activities, they do use material from the School Excellence Kit
  • And through books and workbooks they get from LEAD 

The education space was considered to be the most stable sector for decades. However, it screeched to a halt recently, giving way to reliable education modes such as an integrated academic system

LEAD is transforming schools in India by helping children become future-ready. To make yours a LEAD powered school: Partner with us today

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Manjiri Shete
Manjiri Shete

Manjiri is a Senior Content Marketing Executive at LEAD School. She loves reading to the point where a good book has made her skip social gatherings that witness her not-so-funny attempts at being funny. She has an inclination towards travelling, fashion, art and eating doughnuts.

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