Why is e-learning getting popular ?
Gazi Md. Abdu Rashid
the concept of electronic learning has been spreading since the use of electronic means to address lessons in the traditional classrooms and the use of multimedia in the processes of education and the quarterly self-education, the construction of smart schools and virtual classrooms that allow students to attend, interact with lectures and seminars held in other countries through Internet and interactive technology. This modern technique has entered all areas of daily life and has actually become one of the greatest areas of benefit of this ICT based education revolution. In the early 1990s, the term e-learning emerged as one of the uses of technology in learning. Identify terminology as a means of learning new communication mechanisms: Computer Networks Content Ports, Research Tools, Electronic Libraries, Distance Learning, digital classroom, multimedia classroom and classes through the web, electronic learning is characterized by speed and technology conversions and human-mediated interactions.
The electronic learning as “a method of learning using modern communication mechanisms of computer and its networks and multimedia of voice and image, drawings and mechanisms of research, and electronic offices, as well as Internet portals, either remotely or in the classroom is important and intended is the use of technology of all kinds in the delivery of information to the learner time, less effort and more useful. It is an education that is provided electronically through the internet, the internal networks, or via multimedia such as CDs, DVDs, and others. E-learning is defined as an approach to teaching and learning, representing all or part of the educational model applied, that is based on the use of electronic media and devices as tools for improving access to training, communication and interaction, and that facilitates the adoption of new ways of understanding and developing learning. Web based learning, Online learning, Distributed learning, Computer-assisted instruction, or Internet-based learning are also used synonymously and interchangeably for this type of learning.
There are several importance of e-learning. The e-learning has made it much easier to obtain and access the teacher as soon as possible outside the official working hours, because the trainee can now send his inquiries to the teacher through e-mail, and this advantage is more useful and appropriate for the teacher rather than remain restricted to his office. Increasing the possibility of communication between students among them, and between students and school: Through the ease of communication between these parties in several directions such as discussion boards, e-mail, dialogue rooms. These things increase and stimulate students to participate and interact with the topics in question.
As the communication tools allow every student the opportunity to express his opinion at any time without embarrassment, unlike the traditional classrooms that deprive him of this feature either because of the poor organization of the seats, or the weakness of the student himself, or shame, or other reasons, but this type of education provides a full opportunity for students because they can send their opinion and voice through available communication tools from e-mail, discussion boards and discussion rooms. This feature is more useful for students who are afraid and anxious because this method of education makes students more daring to express their ideas and find the facts more than they were the traditional classroom. Online forums, such as discussion boards and dialogue rooms, provide opportunities for exchanging views on topics that increase the chances of benefiting from the ideas and suggestions presented and integrating them with the views of the student, which helps to form a solid foundation for the learner, has strong knowledge, opinions through the knowledge and skills acquired through dialogue rooms.
It is possible to receive the scientific material in a way that suits the student. Some of them are suitable for the visual method. Some of them are suitable for the audible or readable method. Some of them correspond to the practical method. E-learning and its sources allow the possibility of applying the sources in many different ways that allow modification according to the best method for the trainee. e-learning allows the learner to focus on important ideas while writing and compiling the lecture or lecture, and also allows students who have difficulty concentrating and organizing tasks benefit from the material because they are arranged and coordinated in an easy and good and important element in them. This is an added advantage for those who learn in a practical way.
Those who teach through training, if they want to express their ideas, put them in certain sentences, which means they have repeated the information they have been trained on, as students do when they prepare for a particular exam. The curriculum is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week: This feature is useful for people who are moody or want to learn at a certain time, because some prefer to learn morning and evening, as well as for those who bear personal burdens and responsibilities, this feature allows everyone to learn in a time that suits them. This feature makes the student in a stable state that he can get the information he wants at the time that suits him, it is not related to the opening and closing times of the library, which leads to the student’s comfort and not being tired. The student must adhere to a fixed, binding and binding schedule of collective action for traditional education, but now it is no longer necessary because modern technology has provided ways of communication without having to be present at a particular time and place so coordination is not as important as the inconvenience. Instant evaluation tools provided teachers with a variety of ways to quickly and easily build, distribute and classify information. The provision of the time element is very useful and important for both the teacher and the learner.
The student has immediate access to the information in the specified place and time, so there is no need to go from home to the classroom, library or office. This saves the time from loss, and the teacher can keep his time from loss because it can send what the student needs through the line of instant communication. E-learning allows the teacher to reduce administrative burdens that took a lot of time in each lecture, such as receipt of duties and other e-learning has been alleviated from this burden, it has become possible to send and receive all these things through electronic tools with the possibility of knowing receipt of these documents. E-learning provides tools that analyze grades, results and tests as well as the development of statistics about them and also to send the files and records of students to the related educational institutions. The electronic learning is the provision of educational content (electronic) through the media based on the computer and its networks to the recipient in such a way that allows the possibility of active interaction with this content and features and with its peers only simultaneous or not synchronized and the possibility of completing this learning in time and place and at the speed that suits conditions and abilities, as well as the possibility of managing this learning also through these media. The adoption of electronic media such as computers and networks in the delivery of information to the recipient, allowing them to interact with this content and with the teacher and his peers/students so that this learning can be managed through these smart/modern/ICT based media.
The writer is a research officer at the District Education Office (Secondary), Munshiganj.