The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology identifies e-learning as one of the pivotal methods for imparting education to students in India. Up until the early 2000s, the traditional ways of teaching dominated the education sector. Physical presence of a teacher was mandatory for any kind of learning and without that being able to learn something new was nearly impossible. The internet revolution which took shape at an immeasurable pace, has now changed the entire game of teaching and learning. And it’s time we catch up!
Developing global competencies
With boundaries between countries dissolving, the new generation needs to be equipped with global competencies. The workforce needed for tomorrow needs to have global competencies in their armour. Tools and techniques used in e-learning platforms, that allow a certain degree of personalisation, ensure that students learn theory and their applications in a holistic fashion and are at par with their global peers. Use of E-learning tools has been widely prevalent in a lot of western countries and is now slowly being adopted by Indian educators as well. Tech-enabled learning is the first step for students to become truly competitive in a global future. The widespread reach of smartphones, tablets and on-the-go connectivity, presents tremendous possibilities and its time we tap into these possibilities.
Growth of Indian Economy fuelled by EdTech
The Indian education system is currently at the centre of several evolving trends. These include the emergence of hybrid teaching methods-combining traditional and technology-aided learning, use of big data in analysing patterns, video tutorials for audio-visual simulation and even artificial intelligence for personalisation of education delivery. A report by KPMG states, that with a student base of around 260 million, tech-based education is likely to become the largest category by 2021 to reach $773 million users. The online education industry in India is expected to become a $2 billion industry by this time. In addition to this, more students equipped with better and more comprehensive education are likely to become assets for India’s economy contributing furthermore to its growth.
Benefits of integrating technology with education
While for a student, the benefits of edtech platforms are numerous and have been listed and spoken about frequently, e-learning offers benefits for a diverse populace. It enables distance learning for those in remote areas, integrates accessibility models for the disabled and provides a personalized learning experience for those who struggle in traditional classroom learning setup. By adding more well-educated youth to the country’s future workforce, edtech will surely help to strengthen the economic backbone of the nation.
Inculcating e-learning in India’s education system is paving the way for a better yielding economy. This #NationalEducationDay, let’s all pledge to fulfil our first education minister, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad’s vision of providing quality education and making education accessible to all, by integrating technology in the existing education system.