The pandemic situation has affected our daily lifestyle to a considerable extent. Each field got hit by this pandemic situation. We cannot go for a lockdown regarding everything. So, to keep up the pace, multiple changes and modifications have been done already and numerous are in pipeline too. Apart from the regular teaching methods, some new and innovative concepts are required to be added considering the current scenario. To bridge up the gap between the instructors and learners, these newer concepts and learning tools can play a vital role. The internet provides us with numerous resources so that both research and learning domains can become rich enough. E-learning comprises a wide range of learning processes, methods, etc. Irrespective of place and time, e-learning is one of the best options for continued learning. Employing these multimedia technologies increases distant exchanges and collaborations. The term “e-learning” supports and enhances learning by utilizing the use of information and communication technology which is different from traditional classrooms. Moreover, it provides flexibility in the learning processes since it includes video presentations, online quizzes, puzzles, webinars as well as many other methods of learning. The primary advantages of e-learning include interactivity, customizable nature, repeatability, self-paced, etc. There is a chance of high interaction between the instructors and learners compared to the traditional environment. E-learning based on web-supplemented and web-dependent services makes rigid schedules much more interesting, active and enjoyable.
The types of e-learning include lesson-based learning, course-based learning, video-based learning, game and activity-based learning, self-paced learning, “lesson a day” learning, group learning and many more. The change we are bringing in is that by using various innovative e-learning platforms for learners, the learning content can become much more interesting and acceptable.
One of the e-learning platforms which we may use includes LiveBoard. It is an interactive whiteboard where we can draw as well as write. LiveBoard should be operated by the stylus and by using our hands. We are currently, trying to implement this e-learning tool in our classes to make things more interesting. LiveBoard offers various benefits like real-time drawing and whiteboard sharing, unlimited board space, unlimited groups, cloud storage, unlimited undos and redos.
There are several ways by which innovative learning is done that promote creativity. Instructors understand and foster the creative environment; make a room for better visual reflection since it provides information that learners absorb more deeply; keep the creativity flowing for which classroom layout should be flexible; include unconventional learning materials like ted talks, podcasts; encourage vibrancy by displaying inspirational posters; incorporate humour which flourishes creativity like using some relevant jokes, any pop culture references; give rewards and recognitions which may motivate learners like providing them e-certificates; add motivational posters and quotes; involve learners more and more in team-building exercises which provides better communication as well as collaboration; explore different cultures of learners which produces diversity which is something outside the box. There is a wide range of e-learning platforms which include Adobe Captivate Prime, Talent LMS, Learn Upon, Moodle, Alison. Virtual classroom softwares include WizIQ, Vedamo. Web conferencing and webinar tools incorporate Google Meet, Webinar Ninja.
E-learning includes synchronous and asynchronous learning. Synchronous learning means learning, teaching is occurring in real-time which means that the instructor and learner are physically separated from each other. Examples include online lectures, watching a live television broadcast. Asynchronous learning means the instructor prepares the course materials before the course takes place, which indicates that people are not online at the same time. It allows learners to participate according to their schedules. Examples include self-paced courses, recorded audio/video presentations, seminars.
The ground on impact we are making is that by utilizing e-learning, the courses are becoming more interesting and acceptable to the learners. The learners are going through a large number of online platforms which shows their immense involvement in various courses. Access to multiple courses, audio-video lectures of various professors from different universities is now at the palm of our hands. To provide quality education to the learners, parents spend a lot of money. Not only for education purposes, but they also invest a big amount in lodging and transport facilities. E-learning resources efficiently provide quality learning, reducing the cost and saving time. Finally, we must say that e-learning culture makes the learners self-directed, self-regulated and self-motivated.
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