world. Students can learn from the best of the best without having to be at the colleges where they teach. The students can even collaborate and learn with classmates from around the world on a virtual platform and can do projects and assignments together. What else, they can also interact with the faculty when they are not in a live lecture session. E-learning gives an ability to collaborate and schedule for classes, much like academic timetables can be published and made available to the learner upfront so that they are able to choose a schedule most convenient to them. Classes scheduled for late evenings and weekends work well for both active students and working professionals. And, if the learner faces difficulty understanding a specific part of the lecture, recorded sessions of live lectures can be made available for unlimited playbacks and recap—a facility that can never be replicated in a physical classroom. The models also include facilities where learners have access to virtual labs, business simulations, case studies and practice tests as applicable to impart hands-on experience in the domain being taught.
The power of this direct-to-desktop model lies in its ability to make regular, premium, high-tech or even ultra-specialised education accessible, affordable as well as valuable to the knowledge seeking masses. What may have once seemed like an impossible dream can change many individuals’ lives for the better.
The author is vice-president, TalentEdge, an education company