Education in today’s world is just not limited to a small classroom and access to information had never been so easier than today’s times. A simple click on the computer helps one to avail information. No more is education confined to the limits of a room, with elearning on the forefront; one can enhance learning and have a better understanding of varied subjects. Elearning has righteously brought about a change or to be more specific a revolution in the field of education.
Elearning: ‘Realistic, Effective and Interesting learning’
The widespread reach to the ‘many’ all over the world has helped elearning to earn the repute of a ‘trendsetter’. Education has truly undergone an alteration, wherein online learning, computer aided simulation and usage of graphical features has helped in making elearning realistic and all the more interesting. Online learning emphasizes on two-way learning, wherein, both the student and the teacher find it easy to ask or answer a question.
The effectiveness of online learning as compared to the conventional learning is quite high. ‘Effectiveness quotient’ of elearning is high as it makes usage of varied software applications, tools and integrates rich multimedia that ensures that the student grasps a particular concept easily. The ‘monotonous’ course or concepts are made lively utilizing the multimedia. This not only helps to induce better learning but also motivates the learner as one has a ‘better know how” on a particular concept or subject.
Elearning: A Boon to the Rats and Guinea pigs
It is better known that though theoretical knowledge is essential it is also important to possess practical knowledge. This is the reason why schools and colleges require students to conduct dissection of lab animals so as to get a better understanding of the internal structure. But, killing animals just for ‘better understanding’ is not ethical. Dissection of animals at the school and college levels can be reduced and this can only be made possible when the respective authorities introduce computer aided learning in their campuses.
Charts, Asynchronous learning CD’s, films, online learning etc should be widely used by the schools so as to put an end to the dissection of animals. Computer based trainings will not only help a student to get a better insight into the subject but it will also help the institutions to spend less money on purchase of animals used for dissection. Moreover, the same film or other learning tools can be repeatedly used to display dissections. Thus the cumbersome task of dissection will be simple and no more will the procedure result in killing of guinea pigs or rats.
Computer Aided technology /online learning can do wonders
- Computer aided technology proves to be beneficial for the learner as the ‘grasping’ of a particular subject or concept is high as compared to the conventional class room learning .
- The interest level of the learner is maintained and thus the involvement of the learner or student is high.
- With lesser devotion of time, Learning through computer aided technology is high.
- Concepts are well understood by making use of the aforesaid technology and will be memorized by the learner soon.
- With enhanced learning, the motivational level of the learner is high.
- It can help save in energy of the teacher or trainer.
- Online Learning can reduce the overall costs incurred in imparting education.
- Omnipresent: reach to the ‘many’. Online learning will help in imparting knowledge to many people located all around the world.
Computer Based Training (CBT) approaches
There are various approaches as to how computer based training can be used to facilitate enhanced learning to a student. In the more developed nations of the World, it has been quite some time, since computer based technologies are used in cohesion with education. The need for this has been recently felt in developing countries like India. The top-notch educational institutions in India have adopted some of the approaches. They are enlisted as follows:
- Interactive Curriculum CD’s.
- Installing computer in a Classroom.
- A video display of a difficult to understand, for instance, dissections.
Besides this, online integration of the classroom material and syllabi by educational institutions prove to be of immense help to the students. Though, in India, Elearning is prevalent but is not on the forefront as compared to the traditional classroom learning.
With exponential growth in the elearning field, careers related to this field are also observing an upsurge. Content writers, content developers and web developers all work in cohesion to develop meaningful and righteous information for enhanced learning. Content writers should be articulate in writing. Whereas, people engaged in graphics should instill graphics that catch the attention of the learner or the student. There are thus varied job options available in this field.
Thus, it can be appropriately said that elearning has changed the way of how education was once perceived. With the advent of elearning the education pattern all over the world has undergone a makeover, much to the delight of the student or the learner and the teacher.