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E-Learning Platforms: How they are changing traditional learning systems

Anas Yamin
July 8, 2019

There are some things that will always be best taught in the traditional, brick and mortar, educational institute. Values such as community setup, communication, and interpersonal skills, experiential learning, and peer interaction can only be taught in a physical setup. In their context, e-learning can only be a supplement. However, where the emphasis is on gaining specialized skills, such as preparing for a competitive exam, e-learning platforms are more than capable of taking the lead.

E-Learning Platforms provide several advantages that traditional learning platforms do not. Online Learning is still in its early days but it would not be surprising to find these platforms, one day, dominating and perhaps even replacing several of the traditional learning platforms that we see today. Considering its advantages- there are many:

Allow one to set the pace of their learning

Every individual student has a specific set of learning needs. Everyone learns at a different pace, picking up some concepts faster than others. E-learning platforms let students match their learning, to their natural speed. Classroom programs cannot hope to do so, at least not perfectly. Well, designed e-learning solutions can even arrange the lessons in a proper progression of difficulty, for the student.

E-Learning Platform saves the student time

E-learning does not involve any of the hassles of commuting or getting ready for classes. Nor do you have to travel a 30 minutes road to reach your school. You can save time that you can put to better use, in extra practice and revision.

E-Learning Platforms allow for very flexible timings

Traditional learning systems are dependent on classes of a fixed length that must adhere to a fairly strict schedule. Unlike them, with e-learning platforms, students do not need to adhere to a schedule. It allows the students to study whenever and wherever they want. The students can also revisit the lectures, whenever they need to, as e-learning platforms utilize video lectures. This is very convenient for all types of students but working professionals find this system to be, particularly, useful.

E-Learning platforms are more economical

E-learning solutions do require a lot of initial investment, in order to develop the educational literature and technology that they need. However, once the product is ready, the amount of further investment needes drops off considerably. This is not the case for traditional learning platforms, wherein the educators must repeat the same effort for each class that they take.

They are much more scalable

Through the internet, e-learning platforms provide a way for educators to share their knowledge with a worldwide audience. This aspect of e-learning has attracted many high potential educators to these platforms. This has, in turn, increased the quality of these platforms, as the quality of any learning system is intrinsically tied to the quality of its educators.

E-Learning Platforms have the potential to employ artificial intelligence

EdTech solutions have the capacity to adopt artificial intelligence solutions, to improve their functionality. For example, machine learning algorithms EdTech tools can identify patterns in the user’s behaviors and tailor learning solutions to each student’s specific needs. While this concept is far from perfect, as of now, e-learning systems will soon see massive deployment of artificial intelligence solutions.

About the author

Anas Yamin

I had my schooling from a nondescript town in India. I wanted to join the National Defence Academy but failed thrice in the Service Selection Board interview. In this pursuit, I wasted one year after my schooling. Tasting failure(s) early in my life humbled me and I learned a basic lesson: always have back-ups. Then, I pursued my bachelor degree in engineering from Bharati Vidyapeeth, Pune. During those four years, I did just decently at my studies but grew as a person. Learning to keep "back-ups”, I had two job offers, perfect GRE score, a call from IIM-Lucknow, and- most importantly- selection letter from the Indian Army. The next three years were adventurous and topsy-turvy. I would overlook the IIM call to explore my passions, have short stints with Army, the corporate, a test prep company, and establish Experts’ Global at 24 to thus find my calling in life!


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