e-Learning in Higher Education – Issues, Challenges, Benefi ts & Future
BRIEF OUTLINE: E-LEARNING IN CONTINUING LEARNING ANDEDUCATION
The fi rst section of this article, looks into e-learning as the new alternative for the higher education sector as an almost teacher-less’ delivery mode. The second section highlights the e-learning initiatives taken in India, in those areas where the infrastructure is poor. In certain areas despite the opportunities provided, the affordability to access those opportunities
needs champions to take the cause further to fruitful conclusions. It also highlights how Institutions of higher education around the world – and especially some in India – have gradually taken to the path of e-learning. The third section examines the challenges that -learning implementation could pose. It attempts to evaluate the signifi cant assumptions that
are made while adopting and advancing e-learning agenda. The fourth and fi nal section addresses the future of e-learning and e-training.
In any society, the imparters of education have a higher moral responsibility to positively infl uence the student generation. Educators are beginning to realize that to teach future leaders and citizens they need to be technologically better equipped themselves. At the same time, the demand for higher education is growing annually, globally. It is not uncommon in India, where institutions of higher education receive more than two to three times the number of applications as against number of seats it offers. According to the paper New Developments in Technology Enabled Education presented by Professor Singaperumal these points were put A clear and documented need for 450000 seats; the demand is increasing exponentially Even to maintain the current levels of admissions a new major university is needed every week in India alone to meet the demand! Thus on a massive scale online education is emerging as an important market and thereby also offering a business opportunity to some institutions opting for an education business model out of it. With these thoughts in mind, and the immense opportunity in terms of potential students in the higher education, the scene has to change rapidly to shift the paradigm.
e-Learning is the learning experience that is delivered or enabled by electronic technology. The delivery of learning or content can be over the intra-net, extranet or over the Internet, via CD-ROM, interactive TV, or satellite broadcast. In terms of structure, student numbers have been exploding on university campuses. The universities have been reluctant to
change their programs, both in content and delivery. They are facing challenges from alternative providers of education and training, with more focus on employability; the university professors
PROF. MALATHI SRIRAM CHAIRPERSON – PGDM, SDM INSTITUTE FOR MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT, MYSORE