The use of technology in education, known as e-learning, is much sought after these-days by institutes and corporates alike. Technology applications are not just limited to administration. They are being increasingly used in classrooms. There are various ways in which institutes use technology:
¨ Online courses: The instructor conducts sessions online – either through video or audio or text methods. The student-teacher interaction is minimal.
¨ Technology supplementing tradition: The instructor teaches sessions in the classroom, but uses technology to supplement teaching in the form of power point or sharing course material or online tests, etc.
¨ Semi-traditional courses: The instructor replaces some of the classroom sessions with online sessions.
As institutes adopt technology for e-learning, they should keep in mind some important issues:
¨ Institutes must provide adequate and reliable infrastructure
¨ Set aside a specific budget and time-line for adoption of technology
¨ Students and faculty must possess the skills to use e-learning tools
¨ Faculty must re-design their course offerings to be incorporated into e-learning environment
¨ Do not underestimate the extent of administration and support that e-learning requires
¨ Opt to distribute or centralize the administration of e-learning depending on the distribution of their resources.