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This mode of education is slowly picking up. It is more popular in many countries but not so popular in our country. Interactive sessions and the question-answer session will also be there. You can answer many question papers online and sometimes the examinations will also be online only.
The advantage of this learning is you can read as and when you have time and there are no fixed timings.
There is so much of material out there already, we just need to identify the right ones and subscribe to it. It will certainly help in education as long as it's updated and free of bias. I don't think, it should be charged and revenue can be earned via adverts and resources can be updated by volunteers.
The great benefit would be accessible on the move and 24/7 which gives a lot of flexibility to students and parents based on their own work, tuition and other commitments.
The drawback would be, the assurance of the quality and the ease of use of these programs and course materials. If part of it interactive and feedback is given to the user, then it becomes more streamlined and relevant at the user level to help them move up in terms of knowledge gained.
Useful time spent on these need to reflect in a positive manner on the CV of the candidate, there should be a mechanism in which the candidate gets weight for self-improvement gained via these sites or e portals.
For this you can be based at anywhere having the laptop & the internet connection. Teleconference is the latest of the technologies to discuss & share the information within the different departments & the individuals. While the participants can see to each other but their attendance don't required. The time is changing. Earlier this used to be one to one at a time but now the boss can give the directions while based on somewhere else. We recently have witnessed this during last Loksabha Election that the Modi using 3D video conferencing was communicating to all concerned. The use of such technologies will play a bigger roles in shaping the role of any political party or any MNC company.
However, there is hardly any internet penetration in most of rural India. Even in States like Tamil Nadu, where there is no power cut, internet penetration is not up to the desired level. In the cities it is okay, but the cost of e learning is very huge.
Another problem is the infrastructure requirements. We need huge amount of computers and laptops. Most students may not afford these. Secondly, in subjects like mathematics, the best learning occurs only when the concepts are clear to each and every student, through physical interaction with the teacher.
E learning cannot be a huge success in India, where schools lack the minimum of infrastructure, where the ruthless bureaucracy eats up all resources, where teachers are not ready to serve in rural schools and so on.
Resources for E-learning should be through voluntary contributions and from the contribution through the Indian Corporate Sector, through its corporate social responsibility initiatives. In fact, Indian corporate organizations like Wipro and Infosys Technologies have already done a good deal of work in this regard.
We all need to be aware of the new developments. E learning can be first implemented in some form. The implementation of smart class rooms is a step in this regard. Only when such initiatives are scaled up, can we reach the desired levels of internet penetration. Till then, we need to continue with the traditional methods in our schools and colleges and then go for e-learning. Given current realities, this is expected to take fifteen years, or at least ten years.