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Why 2018 will be “The Year of Implementing 2.0″ in Indian education sector

ICTpost Education Bureau

In India, e-learning courses could be made more popular through availability of broadband connections at competitive rate

India’s online education market size is set to grow to $ 70 billion by 2020 from the present $ 30 billion. The key factors leading to the growth of the E-learning market in India include low education coverage, rising demand from various segments, growing personal computers and internet penetration, increasing government participation and convenience factors. Strong opportunity exists in the market due to low coverage of education in India. This coupled with the fact that demand from other education segments are rising, will drive the e-learning market.

Year 2018 will be “The Year of Implementing 2.0.” Previous years have been spent getting our industry to see new Web technologies as having powerful learning applications. Early adopters have experimented with mobile, gaming, wikis, social networks, and others, and they have paved the way for others to follow.

There are three reasons why e-learning in Indian education sector will continue to grow in 2018: (1) The economy is tanking. More and more companies will be attempting to achieve cost savings using e-learning technologies. (2) As students attempt to make better use of their time and money, they will continue to avail themselves of e-learning opportunities. (3) As more and more companies try to establish a reputation for being eco-friendly, they will use e-learning as part of their green initiatives.

Short Term Trends

  • Mobile computing: Enables constant access to information through phones, netbooks, mobile devices. When college course content is available in mobile formats, students spend more time with course materials because it’s more convenient and can be accessed during spare moments.
  • Open content: Freely accessible learning content. Open educational content is growing in popularity and use along with other Creative Commons content.

Medium Term Trends

  • Electronic books: The ebooks offer convenience, affordability (in comparison to buying textbooks, for examples) and access to immediate supplemental information.
  • Augmented reality: The use of mobile devices to access information supplemental to the reality you’re currently experiencing. AR offers learning information and in-depth experiences in real time. Boeing, for example, uses AR goggles to demonstrate steps in a repair process as the employee is actually learning and practicing the process.

Far Term Trends

  • Gesture-based computing: Video game consoles are good examples of platforms that create interactive virtual environments. Multi touch gesture-based displays allow collaborative work and practice.
  • Visual data analysis: The art (or science?) of combining graphic design with number crunching facilitates the work of teams interpreting large amounts of data.

In India, e-learning courses could be made more popular through availability of broadband connections at competitive rates, regional language-based content for technical subjects, two-way interaction for doubts, and performance feedback with students. The real India, the bottom of the pyramid, still lacks education and guidance to a proper career. e-learning could be a solution for employability.