The most attractive feature of e-learning is that it is student-centered. It also accommodates individual needs and preferences
It is no longer a question of whether or not we will implement e-learning in our schools, but what matters is how we will do it. So many things around us have changed through advancement of technology of which education can’t help being an exception. It is commonly thought that new technologies can make a big difference in education. In young ages, children can use the huge interactivity of media, and develop their skills, knowledge and perception of the world. E-education systems are being implemented in most of the schools all over the world. In formal education, the quality of education is determined by the quality of the teaching material, curriculum, and course contents designed and developed by the expert resources available in a particular academic institution or University. In e-education the contents of various courses can be prepared by a virtual bank of experts. The experts from all over the world can participate through Internet meetings and discussions. The contents created can be stored on servers and be made available to any University anywhere in the world. The second prerequisite of good education system is the expert teachers. In countries like India, there is tremendous shortage of teachers particularly in remote areas. The students are deprived of good education for want of both material and teachers. The Integrated Internet Education System of e-education delivers the courses to the students directly at their door step using various tools like multimedia, and virtual reality. The local teachers have to act only as facilitators. E-education at higher institutions has become an entirely different phenomenon. Vast oceans of knowledge are being generated and are becoming accessible through innumerable servers of the internet. E-education system has made the best teaching material and best education technology available to all students irrespective of their geographical locations and political affiliations.
E-education involves e-teaching and e-learning along with the various administrative and strategic measures needed to support teaching and learning in an Internet environment. E-teaching is the new generation teaching that works in an Internet environment both in regular and virtual classroom situations. It will build new concepts of working in time and space. E-learning is a learning that takes place as a result of experiences and interaction in an Internet environment. It is not restricted to a physical dimensions and can take place in a variety of locations including home, school and community locations e.g. libraries, cafes, etc. Many proponents of e-learning believe that everyone must be equipped with basic knowledge in technology, as well as to use it as a medium to reach a particular goal. The most attractive feature of e-learning is that it is student-centered. It accommodates individual preferences and needs. At the same time it empowers students of various backgrounds to have equal access to the best resources and referral material, lecture sessions, and experienced teachers. E-education system opens up a new world of studying comfortably with better results and lesser hassles. No more are we surprised to find kids, hardly out of their toddler years, effortlessly using the computer and a string of other electronic gadgets. These new age kids literally define the very times that we live in. Sophistication has become a part of their lives and most of their daily activities. They are at home operating these high tech gadgets that we, even as grownups find it quite difficult to get familiar within quick time. Furthermore, their mode of educational training has become as advanced as their toys and the next generation gizmos that surround them. This is where e-class comes forth as an option for parents and teachers, who desire their kids to learn everything, grasp all knowledge even as they grow in strength and intelligence with each passing day.
The concept of e-learning in India is yet in its early stages and may not be common in many parts of rural India. However, as a mode of teaching and learning, it has seen an increasing use in educational institutions in cities. More and more schools are realizing the importance of e-education for kids. Also, a teacher may find it real difficult to individually make sure that every child is clear with the lessons taught in the class and there is also a tendency of many students getting confused, or has many doubts, or will not approach the teacher out of shyness. This is where e-classrooms come into play. It becomes an assistant of the teacher and makes sure each student is cleared of all his doubts easily. It acts as student‘s best friend and remains at his disposal 24/7 throughout the year. Preparing students to learn online is perhaps the greatest skill that we can offer. In an era of creating lifelong learning skills to acquire right knowledge, e-learing plays a great role in the overall development of students. It is a medium with outstanding potential of spreading a wave of education throughout the length and breadth of India.