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The future of e-learning

Paradoxically, e learning can be thought of as unachievable for penetrating developing countries. Dispel that assumption. E learning can profoundly meet the challenges traditionally associated with education for the underprivileged. There can be immense cost cutting traditionally associated with schools, buildings, classrooms, the reach, roads etc. The challe

nges in terms of girl education were posed by problems as basic as the lack of toilets, or the distance of the school from home, or the fact that the way to the school through secluded paths poses a threat to their security. E learning can address that too. Not only is it good for formal school curriculum, but also for skill building. Skill building programs are considered immensely prudent for employment. The initial hurdles are challenging to say the least. The recurrent benefits in the long term, deem its worth.

The genie is out of the bottle. The covid situation has necessitated the unthinkable, and it's only pragmatic to take it forward and build on it. E-learning, which is already touted as a game changer and has proved so, can be omnipresent if backed by substantial inputs in technology and more creative e learning methods. Apart from the tried and tested methods of learning videos for instance, or creating resources of online material, other areas can be explored. Take for instance gaming. It has millions hooked. It's addictive and has the user coming back again and again. It's multisensorial and richly visual. It has the children ‘hooked’. E learning technology can be inspired from gaming.

Children typically fall off asynchronous methods for the lack of routine and structure. Yet at the same time, asynchronous learning has the value of ‘anywhere’ and ‘anytime’. E learning innovation can address this problem too. Children are typically seen to easily get engaged with devices. This aspect can play a huge advantage to leverage e learning. It is, however, necessary to maintain that the methods should suit the means. Children usually have access to no more than a smart phone in underprivileged households.

The advent of e learning is a transformation and not a replacement. It has its challenges. But the future it beholds is promising and bright.

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