e-Learning would be the industry that achieved huge growth during the global pandemic. It has become more accessible in the last few years, with new startups popping up constantly. The growth of Byju’s from a education mobile app to a unicorn in a short period is the best sign of market growth.
The pandemic has created a need for more e-learning content (because many schools were closed). Also, it forced people to use free online resources to learn new skills which contributed to this trend.
This section will explore the future of e-Learning after Covid. Also why it will remain popular even after the global pandemic ends. This article is a good read for founders building e-learning apps, or a startup in the edtech industry.
In the past, we had two primary methods of learning: analog, digital and now, Edtech. The rise in Edtech has been accelerated by the pandemic as well as changes in education policies. In the case of the pandemic, there was a need to continue providing education to billions of children who were unable to goto school. Thanks to Internet and other digital infrastructure that made this possible. Have you ever imagined how the world would have been if there were no infrastructure to keep providing education during the pandemic period?
The use of technology in education has been present for a while, but never has it been so prominent. Technology provides a platform to learn from home during the course of the day, or from anywhere in the world if you have access to an internet connection.
Technology and edtech go hand-in-hand and provide a multitude of benefits for student, educators and parents alike. It has changed the way we learn by moving it away from traditional classrooms and towards an interactive experience with others through the web.
Mobile phones replaced classrooms. Through video calling technologies and e-learning apps, teachers were able to interact with students, monitor their progress, and do evaluation remotely.
Not just for students, but for professionals who are planning to learn a new skill can easily join a course on e-learning websites like Udemy or Coursera and learn at their own Pace!
In fact, a report by Global Market Insights shows that the eLearning market is growing at a rate of 8% CAGR and is expected to reach $325 billion in 2025Global Market Insights
Now this is important. We all know Covid has accelerated the future of e-learning. But now as schools are re-opening in different parts of the world, what will the future of e-learning look like?
By observing the trend and impact of e-learning in the education sector, we can be sure that online learning is here to stay. Not just that, but it will continue to grow exponentially! The convenience of learning digitally has made everyone addicted to it. And since there are no drawbacks or negatives, this trend will continue.
Donot confuse e-learning with remote learning. Remote learning trend might have been a temporary setup for schools to continue educating their children during the pandemic. But that trend will surely drop once students return to classrooms. Note that, I’m talking about remote-learning and not e-learning or digital learning.
Even after students return to classrooms, digital tools will still be used to provide digital content to augment classroom learning. This is necessary because, education shouldn’t be just limited to school and classrooms. Students should be able to explore and learn at their own pace.
This is known as “Hybrid model” for education that uses both offline and online ways to provide education to students. Kerala, the Indian state is already planning to re-open schools and still continue digital learning in a hybrid model.
Digital learning has the potential to transform the way how students learn and interact with teachers after class. For example, homeworks will not be the same anymore. Gone are the days when teachers used to give assignments and homeworks should be submitted physically next day. With the advent of e-learning, even homeworks are going digital. That is what startups like Questt (that builds mobile app for homeworks) is doing, and their recent funding round signals the potential of such ideas.
E-learning here to stay, and we will see even more widespread adoption of e-learning mobile apps in the coming years. Even though students are returning back, schools and colleges will adopt more digital tools to augment the in-class education. Every schools and universities might build their own e-learning mobile apps to help their students interact with their teachers, access class room lectures, or even submit assignments. The future of education is hybrid, and therefore e-learning will continue to grow in the post covid-era.
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