E LEARNING

TUIVNN

21-Dec-20

The perspective of ELearning in Education is changing from a “frills” mode to a “utility” mode today.In the sense it is becoming an essential mode of engaging students in learning. ELearning was for a long time regarded as an import from the western world and has been associated more with just online education. Increasingly, traditional teaching is evolving into a blended mode of teaching with several technology tools configured to support face to face teaching.

The perspective of ELearning in Education is changing from a “frills” mode to a “utility” mode today.In the sense it is becoming an essential mode of engaging students in learning. ELearning was for a long time regarded as an import from the western world and has been associated more with just online education. Increasingly, traditional teaching is evolving into a blended mode of teaching with several technology tools configured to support face to face teaching. It has always been said that it is impossible to replace a good teacher. This is still true. However, the concept of a good teacher is also changing fast to include competencies blending good teaching with use of appropriate tools, especially, digital or ICT. A good teacher is becoming more aware of the need to create a good learning “ecosystem” using multiple modes of communication and pedagogical representations. In India, the ever widening gap between industry and academics is a challenge not easily overcome by the traditional teaching models. With the busy life style of industry practitioners and the tight schedules of academic delivery, any amount of industry interventions seem to be ineffective in getting the students up-to-date on industry relevant skills.

Elearning today has become manifested in multiple forms and formats. LMS, Social Media, Live Virtual Classrooms, Mobile Apps and MOOC based course platforms are ubiquitous.

Live Virtual Class Rooms: There are many LVCs on offer today for industry practitioners to offer structured inputs or run classes to a large number of students irrespective of physical location. Webex, Google meet, Skype, zoom, Live Stream are some of the popular LVCs which could be used free or at cost for conducting classes or training sessions.

LMS: The use of a formal Learning Management System is just one in such a configuration. The problem is there is no one strict definition for an LMS. An LMS may have features ranging from a typical content repository to an all inclusive authoring, teaching, virtual class rooms included systems. The effective use of LMS may offer a solution to bring in more industry interactions through virtual participation from industry practitioners more frequently.