Digital education is a revolutionary method of imparting knowledge, especially since it levels the playing field for all students. India is home to the largest population of children in the world. The estimate is 430 million children in the age group of 0-18 years in the country. The state of education in the country, especially in rural areas has been deplorable, with challenges such as archaic teaching methods, shortage of teachers, highly disproportionate student-teacher ratio, and inadequate teaching materials plaguing the sector. Digitization of education helps in mitigating all of these concerns by providing multimedia teaching tools to teachers and engaging students through learning methods that utilise digital tools, such as smart-boards, LCD screens, videos, etc. It also makes it possible for one teacher to deliver information remotely across several locations, through interactive digital media addressing the shortage of teachers in the country (1).
India is waking up to the realization that industry 4.0 needs education 4.0. With the digital transformation, we must radically alter both how we learn and what we learn. Our nation’s young minds as a collective generation that will constitute our future workforce. Digital education can encourage an independent inclination to learn amongst today’s youth and engage themselves in the vast sea of knowledge available to them.
Moreover, as India is increasingly becoming digitally connected due to the efforts of the Centre under their scheme “Digital India”, many online education aggregators have also come up and are participating in this revolution to change the way one thinks about learning. (2)
These online players focus on creating video content for students across the educational spectra. They use animation and other tools with the help of teachers, lecturers, and experts to create videos which are education yet entertaining. Not to mention, the presence of these aggregators is democratising the educational scenario of the nation as the content they provide is available to everyone and not limited to people who can afford to pay for them. Students can browse through multiple providers to learn, understand and even revise concepts.
Furthermore, online education aggregators provide room for more interaction between students as opposed to traditional classroom environments where learning is restricted to a strict time of 30 or 40 minutes. These websites also give the students the liberty to study at their own pace, and they can redo concepts they have doubts in. The aggregators also provide a wide variety of subject content from languages to science and from literature to maths: you name it and they will have it. This diversity of content is especially attractive to people in colleges as well as those who are learning a new language as opposed to the traditional content available to them via their institutions and universities.
Even for people who wish to re-skill themselves or revisit a topic that they had learned ages ago, learning through video content has made things easier from them as they are less time consuming and more effective.
In this day and age, digital tools are the key to making learning more effective and fun. Video solutions have made education easier and online education aggregators have made the availability of diverse content easy for all, proving to be a game-changer in the education sector.
1. Parinita Gohil, Co-Founder, Learning Delight, Published in Entrepreneur India (November 30, 2018)
2. SANDIP KAR, Director of LearnPick. Published in Qrius (5 July 2018)