How to make best use of online education

Online Education today in India has lot of demand. And most of them are interested in online education. There are many top Universities in India that provide online learning. The other Institutes in India should also start providing the online courses in India. The Coursera and edX have the millions of users. NPTEL which is the joint venture by the IIT's and the IISC currently on YouTube has nearly 1.7 lakh subscribers and 9.1 crore views.

Below mentioned are the few advantages which you get when you opt for

Online courses

1. The Best Way to start for the beginners

The most of the courses here are designed in such a way that it will encourage the starters either with little or zero knowledge in taking up the course. Most of the online courses that are offered are free. This is one of the best advantage here.

2. Improve the non technical skills

For most of the engineers here the humanities and the various art courses that are offered provide the good offer to improve the non technical skills. So just enroll to improve the non technical skills or just for fun if for nothing else.

3. Concentrate on the Passion

Basically the interest will turn into the valuable profession. It is Common with the students who pursue the degree in one stream and are passion about the other. For example there was a student who was doing civil engineering but was interested in robotics. Hence you fulfill your passion, whether you are a college student or a working professional, as long as you have the active internet connection, it will not be any problem for you.

4. Not restricted by your college curriculum

There are many hundreds of courses that provided online .Recently San Jose State University started issuing the college credit for the courses that are done under supervision and we wish to see this that is implemented in the country as well.

Online Education in India is the complementary but it cannot be a substitute for the college and the class room experience. While Online courses gives the extra degree to the student, but it cannot be the replacement for the college experience. Apart from the lectures there are also most of the colleges where learning happens outside the classroom.

1. One size fits all the approach

Here it is easy to find the course on the works of Shakespeare than R.K narayanan or the Rabindranath Tagore. Since here most of these courses are offered by the US Universities, they are more US Centric.

2. Online evaluation system here is still in its infancy

In the ideal world, every student here who have received the certification of the completion or the appreciation, then they would have worked on his own and didn’t copy or take from others. This is not with the real world case, Also the assignments and the most of the courses are rather simple and no where comparable to the level of the traditional course.

3. The Specializations and the advanced Courses:

The university here is setup and is perfect for offering the courses continuations that is typically span over a year. Universities like BITS are planning to give the awards to the students upon the completion of set of the electives. Now these options are not feasible in an online setup because the students here have to be dedicated with a proper frame of mind, the tests have to be rigorous and also the registration for such courses will also be low. Here not to forget, the role of a mentor is to keep the constant interaction with the peers.

4. The projects and the practical Examinations

Here how exactly we will complete our lab component in an online course is the big question? Can we work on real world projects which are basically the outsourced to college students though the professors, the cloud simulations might address this issue in future or its happening somewhere already, they cannot provide the insights and intuitive experience  that a real hands on setting gives you.

I would like to bring this to your notice that MOOC's are not the only courses online education has to offer. There are Many Universities that are moving towards the hybrid model here where most of the content is delivered online.

The discussions, the test, the lab practical’s etc here are conducted in the traditional class rooms. The model here has two advantages one is the is the universities that can find the best faculty to teach the courses for the multiple colleges without him/her and travelling frequently and the students here can listen to the lectures at their own pace and do it multiple times and also benefit from the class room settings.

When to it comes to India, it is generally slow to adopt new technologies, here we might expect the universities to lag behind, and in contrast we are actually catching up with the world. The Nptel have put the entire course structure for almost all the engineering course that is conducted online for free. It is also looking the best to develop the speech to text and the subtitles for the videos, so that here the students from all the languages and the backgrounds can therefore use the material effectively.

Here the BITS Pilani that is introduced BITS Connect 2.0,a multi campus distant education initiative where the lectures here are delivered by the faculty to all the 4 BITS campuses using the high end immersive tele presence technology that is provided by the CISCO that enables the real world interactive class room experiences.

There is definitely good innovation in the Online Courses but there are also some problems like Slower bandwidth, Low internet penetration, lack of quality faculty and the collective collaboration of the universities that are making the matters worse. Here to conclude India has started the online education and will improve a lot in online education.

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