The online education is getting a great response. Since, all the schools and colleges are temporarily closed due to the global lockdown, there is a significant rise in the demand of online courses and platforms. Even the schools and colleges are also trying to shift their classes on their online platform in order to continue the process of learning and not to hamper the studies of the students. Let us see the whole case study of rise of e-learning sector during COVID-19.
Statistics of different countries on the status of e-learning
In India, any online learning platforms are offering free access to their services which includes platforms like BYJU’S, which is now the world’s most highly valued Edtech Company and India’s unicorn platform providing services in the e-learning category. While giving the interview, the COO of the company shared the information that; From the day of announcing the free live classes on its Think and Learn app, BYJU’s has seen a 200% increase in the number of new students using its product which lead to rise of e-learning business in the e-learning sector.
In China, after looking to the pandemic, the Chinese govt. gave the instruction for the full-time students to resume their studies through online platforms. So, taking the initiative, the Tencent classroom started working in this field. As a result, China is able to see the largest “online movement” in the history of education with approximately and so, about 730000 or 81% of students, attending classes via the Tencent K-12 Online School in Wuhan.
All this gives a great information about the rise in the e-learning solution in the situation of global pandemic. This rise in the e-learning will also help in the upcoming post pandemic where schools and colleges will able to shift themselves on the online platform so that, they should not get any problem if such situation comes in the upcoming future time period.
Opinion behind the future of e-learning?
The online education or the e-learning system has now become a new point for debate. There are two groups in the society having a different opinion for the online education. They are:-
Opinion 1) The first set of group believes that the unplanned and rapid move to online learning – with no training, and little preparation – will result in a poor user experience and will lead to the poor growth in their respective field.
Opinion 2) The second set of group believe that a new hybrid model of education will emerge as a best source of gaining the knowledge in their respective field. This is because of the fact that today, we are leading to an era of digital world. So, this initiative will be giving a significant benefits in the future itself.
The challenges of e-learning
There is always a demerit of every merit source and this online education also has its own challenges which is to overcome. In this case, the upcoming challenge is the internet. Some students without good connection of internet access and without the good internet connection, the technology struggles to work perfectly with digital learning. Example for this case is:-
According to a survey 95% of students in Switzerland, Norway, and Austria have a computer which can be used for their school or college work but on the other hand only 34% of students in Indonesia have an access of computer for their work.
Effectiveness of e-learning
According to a survey students retain 25-60% more material when learning online as compared to classroom study which helps them in retaining about 8-10% only. This can have many reasons like students can learn at their own pace or reading 2-3 times repetitively by going back and re-reading or choosing their own topics which they like to read or study. These reasons are the main reason behind the faster learning of the students. A fact tells that e-learning requires 40-60% less time to learn than in a traditional classroom setting.