Education is said to be the best when the lectures and demonstrations are delivered to the students in the most motivating and scientific way so that the countless questions of the students are satisfied with proper clarification and explanation to satiate their young mind and when the purpose of developing their concept in the respective subjects are properly fulfilled.
Education requires a proper environment which will motivate the students to absorb the learning materials and which will help them to be equipped to turn their dream into reality by exposing them to all possible practical experience coupled with enough theoretical ideas of their subjects. From the very beginning of the human history, education system was there, and this system and techniques of imparting knowledge to the disciples have been changed gradually with time, experience and with the advancement of technology.
With the invention of internet technology and sophisticated communication medias, the communication across the world has become so viable that the world of information has virtually erased the national boundaries in between various parts of the world and has turned it into a global village. The education world has now embraced the internet as a significant and indispensible vehicle for imparting education and for disseminating educational information (Jephias Mapuva, 2011).
In fact e-learning has made it possible for the educational institutions to extend their campus beyond their national boundaries and to a host of students from different nation and culture and by that way, has enabled them to share the platform of the global education system (Jephias Mapuva, 2011).
According to Volery (2000), the rapid development of Internet and the related technology, coupled with the demand for an improved access to the higher education by the wider section of society, has provided the universities a significant motivation to introduce the e-learning courses to expand their educational reach, even with their limited budget (Jephias Mapuva, 2011).. However, as echoed by Ribiero (2002), if the universities want to tap the full potential and the opportunities of the e-learning environment in order to develop the delivery of their higher education, they have to be conscious about the factors deemed to be critical for the successful implementation of the model of e-learning courses (Jephias Mapuva, 2011). Some researchers feel that to be most effective, a delicate balance needs to be established by the universities in between the traditional mode of imparting education and the online mode of the same, so that while taking the advantage of traditional way of teaching students, the universities can quickly respond to the changes in the online education market to keep a competitive edge and to keep their education system contemporary (Gurmak Singh, John O’Donogehue, Harvey Woton, 2005).
E-learning has already proved to have the potential of being the future of the education as it has truly some unique advantages over the traditional teaching methods. Teare (2000) observed that one most important advantage is e-learning allows the universities to provide the up-to-date course content on real time basis which enables the students to get the most contemporary knowledge and consequently enable them to keep up with the pace of the rapid development in their field of education (Gurmak Singh, John O’Donogehue, Harvey Woton, 2005). As indicated by Holley (2000) e-learning enhances the flexibility of interaction in between the students and the lecturers as well as the accessibility of the required educational resources beyond the constraints of time and geographical distance in between the student and the teachers(Gurmak Singh, John O’Donogehue, Harvey Woton, 2005).
In fact, you can have this education from anywhere in the world and at any time you want. One of the most important attributes of e-learning is that, in comparison to the less flexible traditional way of education, they potentially provide the students a much greater and easy access to education (Gurmak Singh, John O’Donogehue, Harvey Woton, 2005).
Various research and the tremendous acceptance of the e-learning by the student communities all over the world has already proved that this technology-based educational system has every possibility to replace the traditional way of imparting education. The instant access to the most updated learning resources as well as to the best possible lecturers from any place of the world and the huge saving of time and cost, are truly indicating a paradigm shift in the future educational system. It has already been established during the last two decades that E-learning has the potential of changing the education system fundamentally by extending the facility of education even to the remotest place in the world thereby widening the reach of modern education to the maximum number of students all over the world.
However, to convert its unlimited potential into a reality, the educational institutions opting for the implementation of E-learning, has to structure their entire educational environment and the course materials so that they can provide the best possible courses suitable for E-learning delivery (Gurmak Singh, John O’Donogehue, Harvey Woton, 2005). The need to develop a proper technological environment and to educate the students to use the online tools properly to exploit the E-learning materials and resources in the best possible way still seems to be a challenge before the entire world of E-learning.
1) G.Singh, J O’Donoghue, H. Woton. A study into the effects of eLearning on higher education. 2005: http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1020&context=jutlp
2) Jephias Mapuva. Confronting challenges to e-learning in Higher Education Institutions. 2011: http://ijedict.dec.uwi.edu/viewarticle.php?id=732