How COVID-19 has changed the face of online learning during the lockdown in India.


Covid 19 has completely shook the education sector. However, e-learning sites have been gaining a lot of craze among the students. In this article, we shall tell you how to pick a good e-learning service provider at a decent price.

Education and its resources in India have been very primitive. A vast majority of the schools still use plain old blackboard and chalk to teach lessons to their students and do not use any electrical medium to impart knowledge. In such cases, students fail to understand complex topics and concepts that need more than just an explanation with a board. They might need a 3D explanation or an audio-visual apparatus to understand certain topics better. And that's even smart classrooms and e-learning applications come in handy.

A year ago, if someone told you that all the schools and workplaces would be closed for over 6 months, you most likely would have not believed them.

But this is the grim reality. It has been over six months since the lockdown started and 120 crore students all over the world are at home without attending school physically.

Due to these changes because of the pandemic, students all over the world are now looking at e-learning and online education. Even before the pandemic, there was a soaring demand for e-learning for its abundant retention power in students and easy accessibility.

Globally, investments in the online learning sector reached over 1,40,000 crores in 2019 and these rates are estimated to reach a sky-high amount of 25,74,000 crores by 2025 due to the changes brought by COVID.

A renowned Edu-tech company based in Bangalore states that their demand has surged by 200% during these Covid times. It is true that most schools in the cities are providing online classes but their efficacy is debatable. Most teachers are not comfortable with the user inter-faces of video conferencing applications and students too are casual and unresponsive.

Shashikant, an IAS aspirant who has been attending online classes says that he barely can pay attention to the teacher during their zoom classes and prefers a digital learning platform over the zoom meetings. When as IAS aspirant is unable to focus in the online class sessions, we cannot expect children of age 8-15 years to have their best focus during online classes.

Digital learning platforms such as the Digital Teacher are known for its attention-grabbing visuals and interactive learning to keep the students engrossed in learning. With increasing cases everyday it is indispensable to consider e-learning apps and platforms for students, teachers and parents in India.



One of the biggest perks of opting for Digital learning services is that they are extremely efficient in terms of imparting knowledge and is also very cost-effective.

Aditya Ganesh, a 7th grader at Birla Open Minds states that he likes to study through an online learning website over his online classes conducted by the school since he can rewind and study the topics over and again until he understands it whereas in the online classes a majority of the time is spent on activities like taking attendance and the teaching time is reduced.

Every invention comes with a downside and the invent of zoom too has its own set of cons. Zoom app definitely can connect people across the world but it definitely doesn't deliver the human touch in online classes. So, we've been connecting with students across the country to understand their take on the downsides of zoom classes and this is what they have to say.

Saloni, A student at Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, Pune says that she definitely doesn't like zoom classes because it becomes very monotonous and you just have to stare at the screen after a certain point and zoom misses the vibe of an actual class taking place. She misses how invested the teacher is in an actual classroom and not in the online zoom class.

Another student Anagha from Christ University says that zoom classes don't at all feel inclusive. She also very rightly points out of the health effects of staring into the screen for such long hours. She says that she cannot miss the online classes because she needs to study for the exams (god knows when they will be conducted) and she has no choice but to attend the classes at least for the sake of attendance. Before all these other issues, there is another elephant in the room that needs to be addressed - The disconnection of calls due to power cuts and network fluctuations. If you've attended at least one zoom meeting, you know about how the calls get disconnected with powercuts and how they drink up all the data packs. Listening to online classes on zoom not only require a lot of data but also a generous amount of patience. If you lack the latter, you might smash your system. Do not forget to do some meditation to build your patience for attending the next zoom class online!



Also, another important factor to consider is when you shift from having physical classes to online classes, a majority share of the interactiveness gets annulled. The CBSE curriculum majorly depends on projects, presentations and assignments that need to be done in an interactive environment and the current going online classes do not facilitate that.

With the increasing number of cases every day, it definitely does not look like schools might reopen soon and students might need to attend online classes may be for another six months.
This definitely will affect their communication skills and creativity.

Also, the education of students in schools from rural or suburban areas who do not have the financial ability to afford online classes will definitely get affected. Recently there was a post that was viral in the social media about a man selling off his cattle to buy a smartphone for his child's online classes. By this, we can understand that online zoom classes are not inclusive for poor and people living below the poverty line.

Every day, there are tonnes of apps coming up for education. Apps like Ted-ed, Skillshare and Coursera are gaining a lot of demand for their attractive and effective courses.

So how do you pick an online learning website for your child or yourself?


But when it comes to choosing a learning app for a school student, there are different parameters that you need to consider. In this article, you will read about what are the parameters you need to consider before subscribing to an e-learning app.

1. Availability of all subjects: The foremost thing that you need to consider before buying a learning app for NCERT syllabus is to see whether it gives you all the subjects or not. You really cannot rely on different apps for different subjects. It will not only burn a hole in your pocket but it will also make your online learning experience very chaotic. So please check if the learning app for NCERT syllabus that you want to buy offers you all the subjects or not.

2. Assessment modules: To understand whether or not you understood a topic promptly, it is mandatory that you take a test or a quiz. Thus it is very important that you check for an online learning app for NCERT syllabus that also provides assessment modules towards the end of each chapter so that you can check for yourself if you've understood a topic well.

3. Impressive visuals: It is very important to check whether or not your learning app delivers impressive visuals because without good visuals you will not find an interest in listening to the classes. Poor visuals will affect your retention power. Great visuals will undoubtedly help you memorizing subjects better. So without fail choose a learning app for NCERT syllabus that has great visuals.

4. Availability of good customer service: Imagine you have concerns or trouble with your learning app and if your learning apps customer service is being very unresponsive – this will get you very irritated right? Thus, its mandatory that you pick a learning app that has responsive and swift customer service.

5. Syllabus: You cannot be an NCERT student choosing state syllabus. That is why you need to be careful about which syllabus you're picking while choosing an e-learning app.

6. Economically feasible: Learning should never come at a price. Education must not burn a hole in your pocket. Choosing an e-learning app that is very expensive is not a very sustainable solution for your wallet. That is why it is super important that you pick an option that is economically feasible in the long run.

Here is a list of E-learning companies based in India that you can consider before subscribing for one:



1. Byjus: Of course you know it! It is arguably one of the most popular online learning platforms. It offers courses for school students, NEET, JEE and UPSC aspirants and also bank exams. The courses start at an amount of 35000/- rupees and even scholarships are awarded.

2. Unacademy: This one is the most popular learning application among youth aged 18-28 years but we think this app is great for even school children trying to up their game by being ahead of their syllabus.

3. Digital Teacher & Digital teacher CANVAS by yours truly? - This learning application is specially designed for school children and is extremely interactive in terms of usage and has very well made assessments. If you're a school kid looking for something that will hook you to learn, it is Digital teacher. We've got everything covered and we start from prices as low as 1547/-
We're seriously sure that nobody else in the market offers services as good as us at such a great price.

4. Vedantu: This online learning application is very much similar to Byjus and it also offers training for exams like NDA, NEET etc,. It caters to all school students and its prices start at 4000/- They also teach coding to school children, so if you want to learn to make an app of your own, this is the one then!

5. Meritnation: This is a lesser-known website for e-learning but it definitely has some fame among the school kids. Meritnation has great content with eye-catching visuals and they also provide with assessment tools such as worksheets via courier. But yeah, they definitely do charge a tonne.

We hope you found this article to be useful. Thank you for staying with us and reading!


Comments

Guest Author: Deepithi Guvva21 Oct 2020

Thanks for sharing this informative article. Your article is really unique.

Author: Sanchita Ranjan21 Oct 2020 Member Level: Gold   Points : 3

Indeed, covid 19 has completely changed the face of online learning. At present, about 120 crore students from all over the world are getting an education online. But one thing is true that online learning is not beneficial for all age groups. While conducting classes, many problems come such as network issue, picture clarity, sound problem and so on.
Online education has increased since the lockdown started. Many learning apps are being introduced day by day. We need to be careful before choosing it. We have to select a perfect learning app at a reasonable price.

Author: DR.N.V. Srinivasa Rao21 Oct 2020 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 4

The author has tried to bring in almost all the advantages in online learning and she has given some directions to select the onsite platform for our needs. My thanks to the author for the information. If we were not affected due to COVID19, we might not have given this much importance to online education and we might not have focussed on this. But now it a necessity.

Unfortunately, in India, many students are not having the required infrastructure to get the best education through online platforms. More so in rural areas. India has to go a long way to encourage and make it possible to have all the students to have this facility.

Providing computers to all the schools and making laptops or tablets available at a cheaper rate so that people can purchase the same for their children are the immediate points to be attended to. Even the internet at a lower cost is one of the requirements to be taken care of.

A day may come shortly where we will see all students learning online from their houses only.



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