e-Learning in Institutes

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.

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