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How Technology Will Be The Catalyst For The Growth Of E-Learning In India?

For long, education has borne the brunt of lower technological interference. This is changing with the influx of modern technologies and is making the process of learning more dynamic and effective while doing away with present-day limitations altogether.

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Students from all parts of the country are actively subscribing to e-learning platforms.

Technology has a very fundamental characteristic that is inherently linked with it. The slightest hint of technology is enough to completely transform the way things are traditionally done and dealt with. As our society continues to witness unprecedented technological intervention across all walks of life, it is unfortunate to say that this technological intervention has by far been the least in the field of education. Our classrooms continue to be by and large the same as they used to about a century ago and so does our pedagogical training.

Thankfully, as digitization continues to pick up pace within the country, technological influx can finally be seen within the field of education. Let us briefly analyze the scenario and how it is gradually changing.

Taking Education beyond Classrooms: Why conventional schooling is just not enough? 

There are numerous challenges that affect the learning curve of a student, especially within the conventional classroom environment. To begin with, every school must ideally maintain a Pupil-Teacher Ratio of 1:30 for primary schooling and 1:35 for upper primary schooling. However, a sizeable chunk of educational institutes in India can have this number skewed to 1:50 and even 1:60. This decreases a teacher’s capability to individually focus on students and deters the academic progression of the students.

In the face of this predominant challenge, the very nature of classroom teaching acquaints a student with a rigid learning environment that is not conducive. Every student has a unique set of requirements that must be focused upon. Some might be more proficient in theoretical portions while others might have superior performance in analytical section, some might understand a topic easily but need constant revision while others might take their own time to understand but be able to learn by heart once understood, and so on. However, the classroom model doesn’t allow a teacher to focus on individual learning style of a student. There, every student has to follow the average classroom velocity and customary technique adopted by a teacher to teach. 

Now, this is despite the fact that different regions in India have a significant disparity in terms of quality of education. Metropolitan regions enjoy the best-in-class teachers as well as advanced pedagogical training methodologies (such as smart classes) that students hailing from other regions do not experience. This has a negative impact on students and presses us to take our children’s education beyond conventional schooling.

Teach-nology: The Process of Making Education Adaptive and Flexible!

Digitization has helped in overcoming a majority of challenges that are experienced in the traditional classroom model. It has also helped in taking education beyond the usual geographical boundary while, at the same time, making the learning environment more collaborative, adaptive, and flexible for students – thereby, enabling them to use their unique learning style for a better academic performance. 

Given this, students from all parts of the country are actively subscribing to e-learning platforms. These platforms leverage state-of-the-art technologies including Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, and a range of digital technologies. Using them, such platforms are able to gauge the precise requirement of a student and cater to them accordingly. For instance, if a student has an issue with retention, then relevant exercises involving iterations are used. Similarly, graphical representations comprising 3D models help in understanding concepts with a greater clarity.

However, there are certain challenges involved in this approach as well. To begin with, this pedagogical training methodology requires dissemination of media over the internet. Now, public internet is known to have network congestions that can affect the delivery of content. Secondly, the media can be accessed using any of the wide-ranging digital devices ranging from smartphones, tablets to laptops of various brands. These digital devices work on different Operating Systems (OS), use different browsers, and support different media formats. So, an e-learning platform has to extend the media offering only in the media format that is supported by a device for an optimal viewing experience.

This is where CDNs (Content Distribution Networks) step into the picture. CDNs are a network of data centres and proxy servers spread across the globe that help in distribution of content. This global infrastructure forms their own private internet and is unknown to network congestions within the public internet. CDNs, moreover, leverage a range of digital technologies to identify the device of the end-user and extend the media in the desired format every single time. They also do it via the server location that is closest to the user in order to prevent transmission delays. This approach ensures that the media streaming experience of all students always remain superlative and there’s minimal attrition.

For long, education has borne the brunt of lower technological interference. This is changing with the influx of modern technologies and is making the process of learning more dynamic and effective while doing away with present-day limitations altogether.

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