What is e-learning basically?
E-learning is the use of technology, specifically, the internet, computers, and smartphones for learning a new skill, subject, talent, activity, or maybe for distance education. It can also be referred to as online learning.
The term e-learning was not known to many of the masses until this pandemic covid-19 brought the world to a standstill around a year ago. It was only after this deadly disaster lashed every corner of the globe where mankind exists, that most of the people in developing and under-developed nations came to learn about it.
The scope of e-learning differs from region to region, and a lot of factors contribute to these differences. What are these factors? Let us take a glance!
Internet connectivity or services are not of equally good standards everywhere. In rural areas, especially in underdeveloped states or nations, network services are considered poor and do not support stable connectivity throughout. Many times, internet services are hampered due to constant electricity supply failures.
Not all people can afford to take e-learning lessons. Investment in smartphones or laptops and an internet connection, stable wifi, etc. is not feasible for everyone. Yes, but, if one can invest in this equipment, a lot of time and money can be saved which would otherwise be required for commuting to attend physical classroom training.
How technically developed a region or a state or a nation is decides how connected its people can be with outsiders or the remote world. For eg there are some places where there is full-time internet connectivity whereas there are other places where even electricity doesn’t come for many days.
Technological knowledge of the training staff:
The training staff of all the institutes, colleges, schools, universities, etc. are not all technologically advanced or knowledgeable. This is the biggest problem that many institutes are facing today is that not all of their staff members have been able to adapt to this sudden change in the mode of conducting education or teaching or training. Some of them are still struggling to be technically advanced to be able to run ahead with the world.
The technical know-how of parents:
Especially, in the case of little children taking lessons at home via e-learning, this problem has surfaced. Children require their parents’ help or assistance in availing the facilities of online classes or sessions but some parents have been unable to provide their children with the required support in the face of various issues such as low level of technical know-how, lack of time to spend with children due to their official works, household chores, overall busy schedules, etc.
The willingness of students:
Some students or candidates are very happy with this changed mode of learning. But there are a few who are not happy, and wish to go back to the conventional physical classroom training way. Different individuals have different choices; no one can impose one’s opinions or views on others, especially, where learning anything whole-heartedly is what is under consideration. What one needs to consider, however, is the need of the hour and the advantages that online learning is providing the world within these difficult times.
There are many teaching organizations or educational institutions that have very well adapted to the changing times and have evolved into ed-tech platforms that provide online learning sessions or online courses to their students and are striving to keep moving with the times. Whether it is online language learning, online coding classes for kids, arts and crafts workshops, fitness training via videos, online computer courses, musical instruments playing and/or music classes, or it is school, college, or university academics, no subject or no area of learning has remained outside the sphere of online learning, and of course, for good!