Things are changing rapidly in the education sector
by Arun Jagannathan
Even a decade back, learning in India meant that you attended a regular classroom session, and post classes, if you needed more clarification, you’d either have to wait till the next class, or you’d have to run to the library for extra research.However, today in India, things are changing rapidly, thanks to technology.
Many industries are changing faster than ever before in the history of mankind. This means we no longer can bank on what we learned in college – we need to be nimble and agile to learn to constantly upgrade ourselves.
Earlier, a working professional wanting to study for a new technology or skill-set would have to take a long break from work in order to prepare well. However, today online courses (like the ones CrackVerbal offers- http://greonline.crackverbal.com/ and http://gmatonline.crackverbal.com/) definitely negate that need. Online courses also offer a variety of learning modes, including mock tests, videos and interactive sessions with teachers. It is very easy to sign up for a MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) through a website like Udacity or Coursera. You can get a professor from a top university such as Harvard and Stanford to teach you at the comfort of your home.
In India such courses had a limited penetration because of higher bandwidth requirement to stream the video content. However, with dropping data charges (thanks to competition from players like Reliance Jio) and better network coverage, we should see a lot of students in tier-2 & 3 cities taking up such online courses.
- Learn on the go
Remember, when we would complain of how heavy our bags were thanks to the number of textbooks, test papers and notes? Gone are those days. Technology now gives us the power to fit all of this and more into a laptop or a smartphone— so how does this impact education you may ask?
Most young Indians today have a smart phone or a tablet so we are more likely today to google for something we don’t know, or checkout a YouTube video on the topic. The same behavior is mimicked when it comes to online education: From eBooks to games to quizzes to videos to podcasts—study apps offer a range of learning modes for different kinds of learners.So we see a huge shift in the way school and college students are learning new content. Educational companies would be foolish to ignore this behavioral change that is affecting India almost en masse.
- Personalized Learning
We live in an era where the role of a teacher is going through a remarkable shift. We are no longer fine with the teacher knowing his subject matter. We also want the teacher to act as a mentor, a counselor, a guide, and a consultant. However, this is too much to expect ALL of this from a single person.
So instead of that we have a scenario where the student learns through a guided on-demand video course, and then reaches out to an expert teacher who can “mentor” him to ensure all his doubts are clarified, and that he really understood the subject at hand.
Today technology makes it possible to provide the freedom and flexibility to learn according to your needs and abilities. This frees up the time of teachers to provide the value that only they truly can.
It would be incorrect to say that online teaching will replace traditional forms of learning. In India, students still prefer the rigidity and structure of a physical classroom. However, more and more students now want to see how technology can make their learning more engaging, interesting, and result-driven.
Arun Jagannathan is the CEO of Crack Verbal