Archives for: April 2015

Responsive eLearning: The Future of Online Learning

Responsive eLearning

One term very closely associated with responsive eLearning is Responsive Web Design (RWD). In a layman’s understanding, it is the creation of websites that are responsive to varying screen sizes of different devices be it a desktop or a tablet or a mobile, and provide an optimal viewing experience. Taking cue from the above understanding, responsive e-learning is the application of RWD to e-learning.

The phenomenal developments in the world of information and communication technology have transformed the way online medium is accessed. It is understood that for online training to be effective, needs to adapt to the changes as per the preferences of learners. In a research, morgan Stanley estimated that by the year 2015, internet usage will be more prevalent through mobile devices than computers.

The need to look beyond the use of personal computers to deliver online training courses was triggered by the astronomical increase in the number of people using mobile devices. A study conducted by Google reiterates the same point. It has been surveyed that 98% of Internet users switch between devices with varying screen sizes in a single day.

This results in two options. First, to have multiple versions of the same online course for various devices and second, to create one single responsive eLearning course that can be easily accessed by multiple devices.

However, the first option comes with some pitfalls in the road to learning. Higher cost and increased time is a natural corollary of creating multiple versions of the same online course, which also results in increased course development time resulting in a delayed turnaround time for the completion of the training course. The second hindrance is the difficulty in tracking the use of online courses which is essential for determining the ROI of the training. Using multiple versions of the same course makes tracking of these different versions cumbersome.

The aforementioned issues can be resolved with the help of responsive eLearning. The idea is creating a single course that can be accessed and used on any gadget and device on varying screen sizes and can be tracked easily with an LMS. The biggest advantage of responsive eLearning is the unprecedented learning flexibility it provides to its online learners.

Responsive eLearning comes with the advantage of sequential screening, wherein a learner can pause the online course on one gadget and resume it on another device exactly at the point where he/she has stopped. This makes learning highly flexible and user-friendly.

Still at a nascent stage, responsive eLearning will take some time before it evolves completely. However, there is not an iota of doubt when we say that the future of learning is responsive eLearning.

One term very closely associated with responsive eLearning is Responsive Web Design (RWD). In a layman’s understanding,...

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Prospect of eLearning in the Indian Scenario

eLearning in the India

Over the last decade, learning has experienced a sea change in India. The conventional mode of education has become a passe and education is all about learning, online training and education on the go. Indian education has had a metamorphic change over the years and the most prominent landmark has been the trend of e-learning.

With the growing impetus and proliferation in the field of internet commercialization has led to the growth of elearning. This unprecedented inroads in internet penetration, led online training pave its way within the country’s learning ecosystem. Not just limited to the educational industry, elearning is been adopted by the corporate sector as continuous training of employees has become imperative in keeping up with the industry’s growth.

In 2013, India had 167.2 million internet users. This figure is projected to grow to 283.8 million internet users in 2016. As a result, India’s potential as a market for e-learning is enormous. As per the Docebo report issued in July 2014, the worldwide market for self-paced e-learning reached $35.6 billion in 2011. The five-year CAGR is estimated to be 7.6%, so revenues should reach $51.5 billion by 2016. While the aggregate growth rate is 7.6%, several world regions have higher growth rates. The highest rate is in Asia at 17.3%, followed by Eastern Europe (16.9%), Africa (15.2%) and Latin America (14.6%).

According to a recent study in a global level online learning program, after the United States, India has been reported to have the second highest number of online course enrollments with more than over 1,55,000 students from the country. Of a total of around 1.2 million students worldwide, 32% are from the U.S while 15% are from India.

According to the research report, “India E-Learning Market Outlook to FY’2018 – Increasing Technology Adoption to Drive Future Growth, the market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 17.4% over the period FY2013-FY’2018 driven by many factors such as increasing government initiatives to promote e-learning, increasing adoption of technology, shortage of quality education, convenience and cost factors and others. With an inclination in the adoption of e-learning method to facilitate talent management in corporations, the demand of custom e-learning content and technology would increase, thereby increasing the overall growth of India’s e-learning market in future.

Moreover, online training is no longer the prerogative of the computer sector alone. The impact of such training is all-pervasive and presents attractive opportunities in diverse segments. The growing number of public and private sector initiatives on the incline, the changing mindsets of people, and the unprecedented rise of technology are reflective of the promising future that e-learning in India holds. The prospect of making education available to anyone, any time, anywhere is becoming increasingly appealing to students, the corporate world and the populace at large.

Over the last decade, learning has experienced a sea change in India. The conventional mode of education has become a pa...

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