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E-learning – Here’s How Anyone Can Learn New Skills Online

Technology has made the process of learning easier and it would further simplify the process in the coming years. However, users still struggle to find the way that suits them best.

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Technology has made the process of learning easier and it would further simplify the process in the coming years.

Learning is defined as the journey of acquiring knowledge or skills through study. It is the constant change in an individual’s life that helps them evolve into wiser beings. Unfortunately, more often than not we find ourselves in a dilemma when we wish to learn but do not have the time. But what if we were to tell you that there is a solution to the problem? That is e-learning.

Let us first understand, what is e-learning?

In simple words, e-learning can be defined as the learning acquired through online content. The content has audio-visual elements and uses gamification as a primary mode of imparting knowledge. Some of the advantages it offers over offline learning are – flexibility, convenience, and affordability.

Now that we are clear about what it means, let us discuss the various mediums through which you can learn online.

  • Trainings:

There are various platforms that offer trainings on in-demand skills and to help explore interest and find your passion. These trainings are designed for a fixed duration, with a proper channel for getting your queries answered. You will also receive a certification at the successful completion of the training. Also, to ensure that you have a flawless experience and avoid any issues, you could search about the platform to check its credibility and also read about the experiences of previous users who did a training.

  • Online tutorials:

With a wide variety of tutorials available, almost anything can be learned online. The tutorials could be in the form of audio, video or a mix of both. These tutorials are designed for the masses, so some students might understand a topic, and some might face difficulty. Moreover, for a user who isn’t sure about what to pursue, it might feel like looking for a needle in a haystack.

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online tutorial are helpful for everyone to acquire skills.

This medium does offer knowledge but without a certification, hence it might not appeal to everyone. Also, having a sound knowledge about how to research online would come in handy while seeking answers to your queries. 

  1. MOOC:

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are free online courses where students can enrol as per topic preference. They are well-structured and offer the user the choice to mould the curriculum as per convenience. It also offers an edge over online tutorials because the content is consolidated and collected at a single place for each topic and can be accessed easily. Also, to receive a certificate after the successful completion of the course, you will have to pay an additional cost. As for the queries that might arise, there isn’t a dedicated channel to get them answered hence some platforms might provide assistance and for some, you will have to research and seek answers online. 

Jahiem Johnson, 13, left, helps classmate Kamya Saunders, 13, as they work on an English passage during class at the Washington Leadership Academy in Washington, Aug. 23, 2017. The school utilizes "personalized learning"
MOOC’S Are free online courses where students can enrol as per topic preference.

Technology has made the process of learning easier and it would further simplify the process in the coming years. However, users still struggle to find the way that suits them best.

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To make it simple, each of the medium has its share of advantages and disadvantages associated with it. So, to begin with, it is essential to realize the kind of user you are, what is the objective and the extent to which you are willing to work. Once you have found answers to these questions, pursue a medium that suits you best and do not give up till you have successfully learned the skill.

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

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How E-Learning could Help You in A Career Change

Today, if people’s aspirations do not align with their job profiles, they never hesitate to take the tough career change decisions

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Relatively, people have now become more comfortable with experimenting and stepping out of their comfort zones. LifetimeStock

In the past, landing a secure job with a guaranteed pension was regarded as the ultimate career highlight. Relatively, people have now become more comfortable with experimenting and stepping out of their comfort zones. Today, if people’s aspirations do not align with their job profiles, they never hesitate to take the tough career change decisions. E-Learning.

A career change in the modern world has completely transformed the concept of sticking with one job throughout your life. Career change isn’t simple though; imagine securing a degree in commerce, staying employed for more than 3 years in the same field, and then planning to take up something technical! Earlier, unless you had a time machine, it wouldn’t have been possible to change your stream after class 10th. Fortunately, now with the advent of e-learning and a shift in hiring requirements, skills are given more importance than a degree.

A career change can be defined as ‘the movement of an individual from one job sector to another’. As per a survey conducted on 10.5k people by LinkedIn, 45% of people change their careers because of the lack of advancement opportunities. This is much higher than the number of people who shift careers keeping remuneration in their mind (32%). Today, lack of growth and learning is the biggest turndown point that compels people to change their career tracks.

Role of e-learning in a career change

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In the past, landing a secure job with a guaranteed pension was regarded as the ultimate career highlight. LifetimeStock

Career change comes with multiple complications. It might require you to upgrade your skills or learn new ones while you are already juggling with your personal life and current job. In such case,  when enrolling in a full-time course is not possible along with handling multiple responsibilities, online learning comes to your aid. Forbes, in one of their articles, mentioned that as per a report by Brandon Hall Group, learning online consumes 40% to 60% less time than learning the same thing in a traditional classroom. 

Now, let’s talk about the major reasons why people prefer online learning over the traditional one in offline coaching centres. 

  • Saves time Traditional education programs have always been characterised by their time-consuming, strictly scheduled, and non-dynamic nature. On the contrary, e-learning programs are extremely versatile, short-termed, unbound, and flexible with time. The lessons can be taken as per one’s own convenience, without relying on the instructor. Online trainings are perfect for people looking for a career change as they allow you to study at your own pace, at any time of the day, and maintain a balance between your professional and personal life.
  • Affordably teaches job-centric skills – Employers’ attention today has gradually shifted from the educational qualifications section to the skills one in the resumes. Essential skills for a career change can be learned affordably as you can save a lot of resources that are spent in travelling, purchasing course materials, and taking accommodation in a new city. Technical skill-based trainings like Android app development take you through a complete transitional phase of beginner to a skilled developer, who learns to develop a new product from scratch within the study span of 4-6 weeks. While dealing with your current job, e-learning allows you to learn and implement new skills on online projects at affordable prices and from the comfort of your homes. 

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  • Interactive and up-to-date content – As per e-Campus News, 59% of traditional students claim that lectures are becoming increasingly “unengaging”. To solve such issues, online learning packs interactivity and opens up new horizons of skill development with its updated content. It encourages people to learn with fun through various assignments, assessment tests, code challenges, quizzes, and exercises. E-learning adapts to the syllabus or technology updations instantly and combines audio-visuals that make learning effective and engaging, therefore, allows you to get an understanding of the latest industry-relevant job skills. 

Overcoming problems like mobility, limited personalised attention in classrooms, and lack of time and resources, online learning not only delivers fast-paced, skill-based, and interactive learning opportunities but also allows the professionals to balance their lives while preparing for a career change. 

Courtesy: Sarvesh Agrawal is the founder and CEO of Internshala, an internships and trainings platform (internshala.com)