E-learning is the fastest growing and most preferred learning platform in the education industry.
You can find a plethora of courses on various learning platforms these days.
But how good are these courses?
A new study by global e-learning company Edureka claims that more than 50% of e-learners drop out the course even before completing it.
Most of the courses we find online lacks real-time instruction, engagement and motivation for the learners to complete them.
Low level of user interactivity make the courses dull and monotonous.
Without user interactivity online learning feels like classroom learning.
The report goes on to show that although up-skilling has gathered importance due to the decreasing lifespan of technical skills, low course completion rates continue to plague the e-learning industry.
E-Learning companies focus mainly on acquiring more customers and hence fail to keep a check on the completion rate.
As the industry matures completion rate will gain more and more importance and it will define the adoption of e-learning courses among professionals.
Tech learners need constant motivation, high level interactivity and engagement from learning platforms.
Online courses need to offer the best of both worlds – online learning comfort and ease of real time interaction like in classrooms.
It is also important to understand learners’ preferences and their interaction with the online course at various stages.
Their is no doubt that e-learning enriches teaching and learning experience and is gaining popularity among technology professionals but the focus on their preferences must not be lost.
E-learning courses should be multimedia enriched ,graphics play an important role in conveying information quickly. Researchers have found color visuals to increase the willingness to read by 80% (source :Neomam).
E-learning courses shall have the following content
e-Tutorial that shall contain – Video and Audio Contents, animation, simulations, virtual labs.
e-Content that shall contain – Portable Document Format or e-Books or Illustration, video demonstrations, documents and interactive simulations, wherever required.
Web Resources that shall contain – Related Links, Open Content on Internet, Case Studies, Historical development of the subject, Articles.
Self-Assessment that shall contain – MCQ, Problems, Quizzes, Assignments and solutions, Discussion forum topics and setting up the FAQ, Clarifications on general misconceptions.
Apart from the actual Course or Programme delivery, other components such as Counseling Process, Online Application Processing and fee payment shall also be provided through Online Mode.
There shall be provision for continuous assessment of the learner.
Takeaways From The EDUREKA Report
– Indian IT professionals don’t mind spending on good quality content and learning
-Almost half of all IT professionals who start learning on their own, regularly give up without completing the course
– These professionals show the inability to motivate themselves and lack of hands-on guidance are two crucial reasons why most learners quit.
– Professionals are looking for high level interactivity and guidance in the lifespan of their courses.