by extramarks - Academics - October 7, 2018 Separating the Real from the Hype – Debunking Common Myths about E-Learning If one had to pick up the dictionary and figure out the definition of e-learning, here is what it would read, ‘learning conducted using electronic media, typically the Internet.’ However, this definition does not capture the entire dynamic landscape that e-learning has become today. It’s not just learning on the Internet, it’s learning facilitated by technology like augmented and virtual reality, gamification, artificial intelligence and interactive videos, among others. E-Learning has seen a steady rise in the number of people adopting it each new day. According to a report by KPMG in 2017, India’s e-learning market had a considerable size of $247 million, with 1.6 million users in 2016. This exponential rise in the adoption of technology in education is proof that e-learning is here to stay. But there is still resistance based on certain ingrained myths. Let’s look at some of these prevalent myths and how e-learning has busted them: 1. E-learning is impersonal. On the contrary, e-learning gives unprecedented opportunities for personalisation; by using technology to understand patterns of learning in students by analysing and tracking their performance and progress. It then customises the learning modules and resources to suit the needs of each student in the best possible way, making the learning process more interactive and dynamic. 2. E-learning is only for the tech-savvy. Another false statement, e-learning is primarily about imparting quality education to the learners. Technology is only incorporated to aid learning by improving the delivery of learning content and make it more interactive, engaging and easy. With e-learning, all the content is available in one place that can be accessed with just one touch of your finger. 3. Traditional learning is more impactful that e-learning. This statement is untrue. While the presence of a teacher greatly improves the learning experience of each child in the classroom, e-learning adds more value to that experience because it standardizes the learning and makes it more visual and engaging. So, while the quality of teachers and teaching can change basis the region, the learning content will remain the same for every child, no matter where they are. 4. E-learning is expensive. On the contrary, in e-learning students can avail packages as per their needs. These custom packages come at a competitive price for students where they can choose to learn only those subjects which they want to and only pay for those. Moreover, the diversity of technology-driven learning resources offered in these packages are totally worth the time and money spent on them. The fruits of e-learning are many and the myths baseless, as we’ve read above. So, come experience it for yourself and see the world of visual engagement and interactive learning come alive.