Digital Learning 2.0: How E-learning Will Change The Course Of Education

The world is changing and, as the education sector changes in step with it, digital learning will become one of its most important facets.

When we look back at the history of digital learning in a few decades, the 2020 pandemic will inevitably feature as a turning point. The viral outbreak disrupted the physical connections at all levels, whether individual, organizational, or national. During this extraordinary time, digital infrastructure has kept the world firmly on its axis – and it reflects most prominently in the adoption of e-learning solutions within the education ecosystem. 

Learning rebooted: The rise of online education during the lockdown  

The initial lockdowns forced everybody to quarantine themselves at home as a precautionary measure to mitigate the spread of contagion. Thus began the age of concepts such as ‘work from home’ and ‘study from home’. As educators began to connect with their students online, a range of digital resources and tools helped them recreate the classroom experience in the digital medium. 

Competency and learning outcome should be facilitated by the learning management system as per the new education policy. The National Education Policy 2020 also accelerated the shift to online education as not just a means to counteract the current social distancing restrictions but also as the platform for newer, more evolved learning and development models. The future, after all, is digital, and tech-powered solutions will only gain greater prominence in the post-pandemic world. 

However, the path to switching to an online/hybrid model of education is paved with its fair share of challenges. 

At a glance: The challenges faced by teachers and students  

Virtual classrooms are a direct substitute for physical classrooms for many reasons. For one, they do not allow for interactions and one-on-one discussions that are conducive to learning and comprise an enriching part of a classroom environment. On the other hand, prolonged exposure to video conferencing solutions puts both teachers and students at risk of suffering from online fatigue.  

The experiential factor also suffers a setback on account of the lack of adequate infrastructure. Currently, teachers are juggling between various digital tools to teach, organize content, and track learner progress, among other things. This constant back and forth between applications not only takes a toll on their time but also on their mental and emotional well-being. 

The main reason organizations across sectors came online was because of the urgency of sustaining business as usual. Since it was not a planned transition, the world had to make do with whatever resources were available, resulting in the present arrangement being one which is far from ideal. Hence, even though schools and colleges switched over to digital learning models, educators soon realized that a more effective arrangement is the need of the hour. 

How learning management solutions comprise the key to unlocking holistic e-education 

Imagine one single platform that teachers can access to handle a range of operations, be it sharing teaching resources, assessing performance, providing feedback, and encouraging collaboration and participation among students. That’s precisely what Learning Management Solution, or LMS, is: a system of integrated solutions designed to resolve the pedagogical bottlenecks that plague the existing online teaching models. 

The idea is to empower teachers to efficiently provide blended learning to their students while carrying out other administrative tasks without breaking a sweat. The tools and resources that a robust LMS comes equipped with can enable educators to extend learning beyond the classroom in a fun, engaging, and immersive manner. It also allows them to impart customized learning to individual students as opposed to relying on the obsolete one-size-fits-all approach to teaching. 

On the back of such tech-led developments, the post-coronavirus education sector will see the rise of hybrid learning models. These will combine digital interaction with interpersonal engagement to provide blended learning to students. Similarly, innovative learning models powered by AI, machine learning, and data analytics will also help educators in introducing iterative changes to the syllabi aligned with the latest industry developments. This will optimise the conventional curricula and make the next wave of professionals more job-ready. 

The pandemic marks the beginning of a new normal. It means that the processes of the past are no longer applicable in the present unless they are appropriately augmented. While e-learning has existed since the pre-COVID-19 days, it is only since the advent of the pandemic that its extraordinary potential has come into sharp relief. The world is changing and, as the education sector changes in step with it, digital learning will become one of its most important facets.

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