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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

What if the burden of your kid’s school bag is reduced to mere grams from the bunch of many kilos? What if you are no longer worried about your child not understanding the complex concepts at the school? Well, hold your breath because your reveries are soon going to meet a dead end. The introduction of tablets in school learning has refurbished the scenario. Now tablets will be replacing books in educational institutes.

Though the new found technology is limited to only 1.5 million schools in India but the trend is slowly picking up pace in varied parts of the country. The exclusively designed tablets are helping students in getting familiar with the digital mode of learning. These tablets have inbuilt access to notebooks and learning material for different classes. Features like audio-visual presentations, preloaded dictionary are giving a hand on experience to students to make learning ‘paperless.

The Muslim Educational Society (MES) International School in North Kerela is one such example of digital-education. The students of the aforesaid school are being taught with the help of tablet. Owing to the nominal rates of the tablets, even parents are being saved from the perils of a costly education system. Eductech Company Extramarks has equipped MES and five other schools in this area. The tablets are available in both English and Hindi. Besides, it has also turned out to be a boon for the teachers at the schools.

The students at MES too seemed satisfied with the hand on experience with the tablet. It has made the process of learning easier with the visual representations of complex concepts.

The industry of digital classrooms worth $1 bn is constantly growing with 12.5% of Indian schools being on the verge of digitalisation. Companies are also planning to digitalise government schools and aanganwadis in order to help the underprivileged.

But the new age schism is being equally criticised on the grounds that it might adversely affect the health of the children using it.

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So where would you be learning, conventional or an unconventional classroom?

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Unlike the conventional learning in a classroom, online training makes the content available for students digitally. Flickr

Learning is the process of acquiring new skills or knowledge and for quite some time students have followed the process of enrolling in an offline centre to learn and study from the material provided but now, there is a new and an unconventional approach to upskilling yourself and that is through online learning.

While I was growing up, if I ever wanted to learn a new skill, I had to travel a minimum of 2-3 kms to the nearest learning or tuition centre to enquire and then enrol for the desired training. Though there were interactions with the teacher, but inhibitions got the better of me and with time, because of all the unresolved doubts, the learning started to become monotonous and I lost interest. But online learning has made that journey for a student interesting, fun and a cakewalk. You can relax in your seat while the knowledge is displayed on your screen and ask all that you wish to.

To begin with, what is online learning?

Unlike the conventional learning in a classroom, online learning makes the content available for students digitally. Students can learn online, anywhere and anytime. Instead of physical copies of books, e-learning uses visual content and gamification.

To help you understand the differences better I would like to compare both the classrooms and the learning associated on the basis of parameters that are essential for an overall learning.

1.       Affordability: 

In offline centres or conventional classrooms there are a lot of miscellaneous expenses incurred and hence the fee structure is designed accordingly.

Whereas in online learning, students’ aim is to learn so companies spend resources only on developing the content and thereby lowering the cost of the training.

From text to graphics, this software does it all. Pixabay
In offline centres or conventional classrooms there are a lot of miscellaneous expenses incurred and hence the fee structure is designed accordingly. Pixabay

2.       Flexibility and convenience:

In a conventional classroom, if you miss a class it gets difficult to grasp the topic and understand what is being taught. The classes have to be attended on fixed days
and timings, offering almost no flexibility. Whereas in online learning, the classes can be taken as per your availability and thus giving you an opportunity to design your own curriculum. You could also watch the classes over and understand the topics in-depth.

3.       Answers to your questions:

While learning, doubts might arise about the topic being taught but students usually hesitate in asking questions in a classroom. Whereas in online learning, you are an anonymous user and your doubts, as frivolous they may be, can be asked without any hesitation.
4.       Practical experience:
The learning journey in a conventional classroom is about reading and grasping, it involves little or none practical applications of the learnings. Whereas in online learning, the training is designed in such a manner that the content is informative and involves practical applications as well. The test and assignments in the module are made to ensure that the student has a holistic growth.

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Only 20 percent of the five million students who graduate every year get employed, industry lobby Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) said in a report, published last year.

The competition is stiff and is going to get worse with time so It essential to make yourself stand out from the rest to increase your chances of getting hired. The certificate you will receive at the successful completion of the training will help in making the employer realise that you have relevant skills and in-depth knowledge about the subject.

So where would you be learning, conventional or an unconventional classroom?

About the Author: Sarvesh Agrawal is the Founder and CEO of Internshala, an internship and trainings platform. (Internshala.com)