A mind that opens to a new idea, never returns to its original size.
– Sir Albert Einstein
The curve of human evolution has always been one of positive slope. We have developed into a highly competent race on the basis of our abilities to learn any aspect of life as needed. Learning has by far been the most incredible gift that has been entrusted to us by a higher energy. It is this capability to learn from our experiences that has enabled us to achieve incredible feats and make the world a better place.
In terms of education, Learning is the foundation stone that leads to transfer of knowledge to the upcoming generations. The process of learning has never been one of intangible nature. In the methods of learning, there have always been ample scope for flexibility and innovation. Learning is a nascent process that enables us to learn lessons and gain on our intellect gradually to better ourselves as a human being.
Based on the current world, Internet has been an inseparable part of knowledge and information exchange. Without the internet, the world would be crippled and devoid of fast means of communication. One of the most prominent gifts of the Internet in the field of learning is E-Learning.
E-Learning is a digitised based mode of learning that uses the various forms of electronic media (most important being Internet). It is generally employed as an essential assistant to conventional and traditional modes of learning like class room teaching etc. Being a necessary supplement to learning, E-Learning continues to evolve into a vital entity in due course of time as far as learning is concerned. Based on the current developments in the learning scenarios and systems adopted globally, it is fairly safe to estimate that E-Learning will soon dominate the learning methods across all parts of the world. E-learning would enhance the reach of education and learning to every corner of the world if implemented properly.
A survey reveals that Businesses that have implemented E-Learning processes and systems enjoy better growth than ones that use conventional training techniques for employees. In a Business organization, employees are a big part of the success curve. Training employees, therefore, becomes supremely important for the success of business oriented strategies.
Let us take a look at an example of how E-Learning may impact businesses all around the world:
Jack and John are two budding entrepreneurs who aim to start a business. Both are looking to hire trainees who will soon take care of business related activities. Soon they hire employees and start training them. A year later, Jack’s business seems to have boomed into prosperity and John’s was lagging behind significantly lower than Jack’s. A systematic analysis of Jack’s business would go on to show that the employment of E-Learning methods in Jack’s business ensured lesser time consumption, higher flexibility, greater ease of access and better interactive content. What proved to be fatal for John’s business was the use of Traditional training techniques when his competitors were using faster means of learning, which further emphasises the fact that in an age of cut throat competition one cannot lose out on employing better training methods and innovative learning techniques so as to stay in the race of business.
The following are the benefits of E-Learning in the present day world that can potentially benefit the upcoming generations in learning:
Learning irrespective of Time and Place
One of the most significant benefits of E-Learning is that it gives the convenience of learning that is independent of time and place constraints. E-Learning enables users to be able to learn at any place and time without any hassle. This is the flexibility that is lacking in the current educational and learning systems all around the world. With E-Learning, the problems of learning being imparted from a time different place is non-existent. A user in India can learn and interact with information received from the US at any time as per convenience and vice versa.
Interaction based method of learning
E-Learning promotes learning by interaction with different people. Knowledge is something of elusive properties. Our intellect increases constantly as per the amount of sharing we perform with our fellow individuals. E-Learning allows us to connect with individuals from around the globe and to interact with them. This interaction facilitates exchange of ideas and information from all around the world.
One serious drawback of Classroom learning or traditional modes of learning is that the learning instructions and classes may not revisited in case of any existing doubts. However, the digital form of learning or E-Learning allows us the flexibility to retake the learning lessons as many times as needed to clear our doubts. The dependence of the learners on the teacher/learning facilitator is no longer there and learning can be done independently without any external help.
Efficiency and effectiveness
E-Learning is hugely time saving and the quality of learning is very precise. This eliminates any redundant aspects such as large quantity of poor-quality information that contains vital information. E-Learning reduces the amount of unnecessary fillers in learning processes involving conventional methods. E-Learning delivers the precise and accurate knowledge as per the requirements which improves the overall quality of the entire process.
For most of the students in the developing and third world economies, the cost of education is a major field of serious concern. Learning and education are both intertwined in many ways. In today’s world, commercialisation of education is already costing too many kids the gift of education and learning. Not being able to afford for education, many are forced to do petty work. This in turn is harmful for the entire country both in terms of employment as well as poverty. E-Learning makes learning a very affordable thing as far as the education of young students and kids are concerned.
These days, the cost of buying the resources like books, notebooks, tuition fees etc required for the commonly used methods of learning take a heavy toll on the earning member of a family. This proves to be a liability as far as education is concerned. E-Learning removes education as a liability from its root cause by providing all the requisite resources all in very cheap and affordable prices. The availability of resources at ease makes it convenient for every child to learn and get educated. This eventually turns into a boon for the nation in its path of development and prosperity.
E-Learning enables the monitoring of a child’s learning and progress systematically. As the courses administered are delivered through digital media, learning is made into a proper hierarchical process. The process is carefully designed to impart knowledge and information to the learners in phases wherein clearing a certain phase allows the next phase to be accessed. This allows learning to be all round and rock solid at its foundation.
Interesting and better interactive media based learning
E-Learning is highly reliant on audio and video based digital media. Digital media in audio and video mode enables interesting content to be created in E-Learning. In this way, the intended recipients of the E-Learning content can understand the content with clarity and effectively as well.
E-Learning has certainly revolutionised the way learning can be done. Starting from social media to conventional electronic media, E-Learning is easy to be transmitted from one place to another without any material barriers. It has the potential to unify the world under education and learning. If E-Learning is implemented across the world, the world would be virtually free of all barriers and it may just pave the way for peace across the world.