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ONLINE EDUCATION IS JUST AS GOOD AS CLASSROOM LEARNING- by Naman Agrawal

THE QUESTION ISN’T “HOW DO I TEACH THIS?” BUT “HOW CAN THEY LEARN IT?”
MAJORITY OF TEACHERS TODAY FAIL TO ASK THIS VERY QUESTION.
IF WE TEACH TODAY’S STUDENTS AS WE TAUGHT YESTERDAY’S WE ROB THEM OF TOMORROW.
ONLINE EDUCATION IS NOT A NEW FAD IT HAS BEEN THERE SINCE AGES IN ONE FORM OR OTHER, MAY IT BE CORRESPONDENCE
COURSES WHERE THEY USED TO SEND YOU CONTENT AND SELF-ASSESSMENT TESTS BY POST OR RECORDED LECTURES OF A PROMINENT
SPEAKER. IN THE PRESENT ERA THIS HAS EVOLVED INTO AN EFFECTIVE GLOBAL TOOL FOR LEARNING.
HOW MANY CLASSROOMS INCORPORATE STUDENTS FROM ALL AGE GROUPS, RIGHT FROM NURSERY TINY TOTS TO THE HUMBLE
SENIOR CITIZENS FOR THE SAME COURSE? NOT MANY I SUPPOSE!
HOW MANY OF THEM OFFER A SCHEDULE FOR STUDENTS FLEXIBLE ENOUGH FOR SELF-PACED LEARNING? MAY BE A HANDFUL OF
THEM!
HOW MANY OF THEM UPDATE AND REFINE THEIR CONTENT ON QUARTERLY BASIS? ONLY 1 OR 2 TOP NOTCH COLLEGES!
AND THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION OF ALL, HOW MANY OF THEM PROVIDE ALL THESE FACILITIES AT AN AFFORDABLE COST? I
AM AFRAID TO TELL BUT THE ANSWER IS NONE.
SO, WE HAVE AN INTERESTING SITUATION HERE. WE HAVE A HUGE POPULATION WHICH GOES UN- ATTENDED AND UNCATERED. THEY ARE DEPRIVED OF ANY QUALITY EDUCATION FACILITIES. WHICH IN ITSELF IS A DISTURBING FACT. WHEN IT COMES TO
EMPLOYABILITY WE ARE COMPARING THESE PEOPLE WITH THE ONES WHO WERE PRIVILEGED ENOUGH TO GET GOOD SCHOOLING AND IN
SOME CASES WERE ALSO ABLE TO AFFORD TUTIONS TO COMPENSATE THE INCOMPETENCE OF CLASSROOM PROGRAMS. THIS IS AN UNFAIR
COMPARISON ON ALL POSSIBLE GROUNDS.
AS AN ENGINEER, YOU LEARN THERE IS A SOLUTION TO EVERY PROBLEM. IT MAY TAKE YOU A WHILE, BUT EVENTUALLY YOU’RE
GOING TO FIND IT. WHAT I FOUND OUT IS THAT IT IS EVIDENT THAT MORE PEOPLE ARE ENROLLING FOR SUCH COURSES THAN EVER
BEFORE AND THIS IS NOT JUST BY CHANCE. WE HAVE A VOID THAT NEEDS TO BE FILLED AND THESE ONLINE COURSES ARE JUST DOING
THAT, WHEN WE LEARN BY AUDIO AND VISUAL TOOLS WE TEND TO RETAIN MORE KNOWLEDGE IN OUR BRAIN THAN FROM A
MONOTONOUS CLASSROOM LECTURE, WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENS IS THAT EVEN IF WE MISS SOME OF THE AUDIO CUES WE COVER IT UP
WITH THE VISUAL CUES, AND HENCE WE COMPREHEND MORE.
IT IS BEST TO LEARN IN ONCE OWN MOTHER TOUNGE AND THIS IS REALLY POSSIBLE WITH THE HELP OF MULTILINGUAL COURSES
AND TUTORIALS AVAILABLE ONLINE.
HOWEVER, ONE THING WE NEED TO ACCEPT IS THE FACT THAT AFTER ENROLLING WE NEED TO BE SELF-MOTIVATED TO TAKE
OPTIMUM USE OF THESE MEANS OF LEARNING ONLINE. WHICH IS A HUMUNGOUS TASK, THIS IS WHAT MAKES CLASSROOM LEARNING
STILL THE MOST PREVALENT FORM OF TEACHING. CHILDREN TEND TO LEARN MOST IMPORTANT LIFE SKILLS LIKE BONDING AND
SOCIALIZING IN THEIR FORMATIVE YEARS FROM THEIR FRIENDS AND TEACHERS, HENCE THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR SCHOOL LIFE AND
THE TEACHERS IN THESE FORMATIVE YEARS OF A CHILD.
“WE CAN TAKE THE BEST OF BOTH THE WORLDS AND CREATE LEARNING PROGRAMS WHICH ARE A MIX OF CLASSROOMS WITH ONLINE TOOLS.”

Naman Agrawal, 3rd Year IT (2018-19)