The World is going digital. Renowned universities and educational organizations all over the world offer various courses in digital format or what is known as e-learning. Generally speaking, e-learning simply means learning educational curriculum with the help of electronic technologies. E-learning cuts out the traditional setup of classrooms. This way, education is not confined to the walls of the organization, but available and accessible to anyone who has enrolled for that course. One would think, what could be better than that?
However, numerous traditional publishers that deal with print, teachers and educationists are against the concept of e-learning. They strongly believe that the traditional way of learning in classrooms leaves a much deeper impact and a much stronger effect in the minds of students, as compared to learning remotely through a computer. Many educationists also argue that by giving the option of e-learning, the university or institute loses its value and authority. There is also the effect of learning alone, without having peers to discuss, compete and encourage and seniors to look up to, which somewhere down the line impacts on the overall moral and ethical development.
While all these are valid points, the fact that digitization increases efficiency and performance rate, along with the benefit of being accessible to all, cannot be ignored. This may be the reason why e-learning is growing exponentially in many countries, especially in the higher education and corporate sectors. Recent studies show that e-learning not only provides learners the freedom and flexibility to choose what they want to learn, but also the pace at which they’d like to learn, which is great for professionals who are time-bound for other things. E-learning also proves to be cost-friendly to its users. The concise, crisp and precise way of e-learning saves a lot of time and energy both for the teachers as well as the learners.
In these times when technology reins all segments of our society, it only makes sense to embrace the concept of e-learning, bearing in mind that it must contain clear schedules, good content, sufficient number of assessments like online quizzes, forums for discussions among peers and that it follows open university model.