Schools and colleges have been over the decade trying to adapt to the emerging digital technologies. Most of them, especially in the urban areas have already equipped with computer laboratories and digital classrooms. However, all these existing technologies or solutions have their limitations due to restricted usage.
With the changing dynamics, there is an emergence of the new age technology-based solutions which enables the contact-less teaching methodologies and also empowers the teachers to provide seamless learning opportunities to the students along with a strong remote monitoring system the students.
The disruptive new age e-learning solutions are quite suitable as these are end-to-end solutions that can offer real-time remote teaching in a simple and most adaptable manner. Leveraging them, the teaching pedagogy in India is going to be significantly transformed from the traditional classroom teaching to online teaching with the support of existing teachers.
During the Covid-19 lockdown period, to continue operations and to resume classes, schools have turned to methods such as video-calling, e-mailing, management systems (ERP), and social media or a combination of these.
Though, these methods can provide temporary solutions but not ideal as they do not provide an end-to-end solution to address issues that are most important for schools which includes ORGANISATION AND STRUCTURE, SECURITY and CONTINUITY BETWEEN SCHOOL and HOME
Leveraging eLearning tools, schools and colleges can deliver their pedagogy and continue to have the student-teacher connect by combining eLearning with their classroom teaching methodology to deliver “Blended Learning“.
Here are the 5 reasons why e-learning can become one of the best available solutions for the schools:
1. Blended learning is the best reinforcement to educational institutions now and also in the future:
E-learning is an effective enhancement for the physical classroom programme. The most important advantage of it is that learning can be enabled from anywhere at any time. Generally, eLearning is of two types i.e. at real-time, with a teacher and also Self-Paced, at one’s convenience.
2. E-learning facilitates enhanced monitoring and teacher productivity:
Teacher productivity can significantly increase with new-age eLearning tools allowing the teacher more time to focus on students and learning outcomes. E-learning solution gives the educational institutes an edge to create automated assessments with detailed performance analytics of individual students with either problem-solving or scenario-based questions by one click of a button.
It also provides information on the progress of the courses completed, scores on assessments, etc. and allows teachers to take immediate prompt action and provide personalized attention to each student.
3. Digital scope creates a positive impact on e-learning:
The digital method of learning not only facilitates an organized way of learning and assessments but also improves the traditional methods of study. The digital scope of the eLearning system involves various outside curriculum, interactive sessions, ease of learning from anywhere at any time, and many more that are not part of conventional learning.
4. E-learning provides greater access to interactive content:
Students can be given access to online content such as e-books, animations, videos, assessments, etc., by teachers as per requirement. eLearning also measures the level of understanding through online assessments, quizzes, etc.
The entire curriculum, in the form of course modules, can be customised based on their present performance, helping them to improve their future academic endeavors, without worrying about the school re-opening.
5. E-learning solution defines the scope for advanced learning and assessment capabilities with proctoring:
One of the areas, which is gaining the most significant impact is the virtual proctoring space. The proctoring service added in the e-learning solution, allows teachers/test-takers to undertake exams, certifications, and assessments at their convenience, while still maintaining exam integrity.
(Authored by Ananth Rao, Chairman, mPowerO)