Online education brings with it plenty of conveniences for people living in this fast-paced era. After all, students are expected to make entering the workforce their priority. As much as possible, employers want to get employees that would immediately be able to fulfill the specific skill sets needed in filing a position with the help of online certification courses.
Online education makes this all a possibility for both parties, and people who have undergone this kind of training can attest to their benefits. Nevertheless, the sector is not without its challenges and hurdles. This is why, at present, online education in India is still considered as a learning curve. As for what these challenges are, we intend to highlight and explain each one below.
- Resistance to Innovation
As can be expected from any change that would affect the entire system and institutions significantly, online education continues to meet resistance from many sectors. Many point primarily to the huge costs that it would take to set up this kind of technology. While others bring up doubts about the efficacy of this kind of educational model. Most of these also hinge on the following reasons:
Traditional teaching that involves direct, offline interaction between teacher and student has been on-going since time the dawn of civilization. It’s only logical that people would have reservations about something as unfamiliar and new as online education.
CIA prevailing mindset, especially among parents, that traditional educational practices are the only way for students to score high in their exams and get good grades.
- Questioning the Credibility of Online Course Certifications
- There are also those who are afraid that online course certifications have a lesser degree or value than those acquired via conventional means.
- Parents still have doubts about whether it’s actually worth spending on online education for their children.
- Again, the fact that the e-learning environment is still infantile at best forms part of the problem. But this is slowly changing because of the steadily rising number of students who opt to enroll in online courses.
- The term “self-paced”, which is almost always the case in most online courses, proves to be a double-edged sword as it actually raises some doubts regarding just how involved the teachers are in an e-learning setting.
- Shortage of Online Teachers and Proper Online Infrastructure
This is a problem that is not only prevalent in India, where the digital infrastructure is still considered as developing. Progress is still continuing but it is considerably slow, and the challenges said above are partly to blame for this,
- Indian households that have internet access are still relatively low; the same can be said for the availability of mobile data.
- The country is also already suffering from a great teacher shortage offline, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if the same insufficiency would be experienced by the fledgling e-learning industry.
- Language Barrier
While India is not unfamiliar with the English language, there is still a substantial amount of the population that can’t understand and speak it properly. This is a big obstacle as most e-learning content is presented in English.
- Abundance of Free Academic Resources Online
The massive availability of educational resources that are easily accessible online is also the reason why paid online education is having a hard time from lifting off the ground. A lot of students just opt to go for these free resources, unsurprisingly.
How are These Problems Being Addressed?
- When it comes to the problem of credibility, most online education institutions take the initiative to reach out to universities and partner with them. Without a doubt, a simple seal of approval from a prestigious university would be more than adequate for most students and parents.
A good example where this is already being practiced is in online master programs and a distance learning master degree. More often than not, you’ll see the names and logos of excellent universities around the world like Walden University and Johns Hopkins University stamped on plenty of online course offerings you can browse.
- The Indian government is already making great leaps in addressing the shortage of internet availability. The advent of cheap data and affordable prices of gadgets has made the internet more accessible to the general populace. This is all the more proven by the fact India has since taken the second spot in terms of internet LISIEWS.
- As for the language barrier, online education institutions are slowly offering personalized and interactive content in Hindi as well as a number of regional languages. This is a necessary step for online education companies to reach the right audience using the languages that are suitable for them.
- When addressing the issue of free academic resources, companies need to plan the right kind of content to offer to their students. For one, they should be well-aware of what the students need and come up with proper pricing strategies when offering their courses and certificates. The acquisition of specialized skills needed for work and job promotion are a good target.
- To lessen the resistance and doubts of students, online learning companies are adapting a more active approach in the presentation of their lessons. This is necessary to mitigate any feelings of impersonalization when conducting online lessons via digital mediums.
- The shortage of teachers is ultimately up to the government. The huge demographic dividend of the country is a colossal challenge enough as it is Nonetheless, for the undoubtable advantages of online education for teachers, it won’t be a surprise if plenty of teachers would opt to sign up to online education companies. The global reach of this sector also ensures that teachers from abroad would be able to help curb the said scarcity.
The Potential of Online Education is Limitless
It’s inevitable for online education to become the norm in India because it is slowly gaining a lot of supporters from various educational institutions, universities, and the Indian government. In fact by 2021, it’s projected to become a billion-dollar industry already. As long as its issues are being identified and actively being remedied, it won’t take long for the industry to realize its true potential and become widely accepted.
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Author: SivaKumar Website: www.iitchicagoinindia.com
Siva Kumar have served the armed forces for 15 years. Post retirement from Services he has been serving as a director of operations at Illinois Institute of Technology India Pvt Ltd this is a wholly owned subsidiary of Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago.
His aim is to provide a full time study programme to learn at your place through the distance learning and online master programs.