much slower adoption in India. This could largely be attributed to an average Indianís deep-seated need for social and cultural interactions coupled with inconsistent availability and accessibility of technology. Also, success for a learner continues to be hugely dependent on the level of self motivation. The learning experience itself is isolated rather than collaborative and poorly designed course-ware, problems with technology and lack of student support has resulted in unprecedented levels of post-enrolment drop-outs and, consequently, fewer re-registrations.
Arguably, success in the future points us towards a blended model that combines the best of both worlds while overcoming related limitations. Some ground was broken with the advent of VSAT as a medium to impart education. Educational programmes being offered on this platform allow for live classes to be conducted by qualified faculty at a specified studio location which is then beamed to multiple locations through the satellite network. Students attend these live lectures from VSAT-enabled classes nearest to their location. However, high set-up costs at both transmitting and receiving locations add considerable overheads that precludes widespread distribution of inexpensive courses through this platform. The locational dependency with respect to the education provider does not exist but students are still required to assemble in a class, implying that they continue to be restrained by logistics and travel limitations during scheduled class hours.
The ďdirect-to-desktopĒ approach has improvised on these limitations as well. The model allows faculty-taught live classes to be delivered online using affordable and user-friendly technology solutions, essentially offering the learner a complete classroom learning experience on a virtual mode. Students have the flexibility to interact with the faculty and fellow students, both live and offline, fostering a collaborative learning environment. Because the model is also location-independent and has minimal technology requirements, a student can also learn from literally anywhere. Some of the key benefits to the learners include access to all types of courses offered by legitimate and accredited institutes and universities without ever having to be physically present in those campus locations. The learners can get the benefit of live lectures by eminent professors and industry experts from around the