Nepal’s educational technique and system are one of the topics we have been hearing and constantly discussing. Along with this, we also have been listening, and giving points on “Here’s the brand new thing/concept that’s going to save our education system.” So, have we been successful in improving and upscaling our education system?
We here will discuss Online Learning, and we don’t vouch that Online Learning is the only solution to the traditional education system. Still, it definitely is a part of the bigger change.
Concept of Online Learning
The concept of online learning first evolved from distance learning in the 18th century. Online learning is described as a teaching method in which the facilitator and the participants are separated physically.
Back in the time, Online Learning revolved only around the educational curriculum, whereas it’s more about enhancing the understanding and upscaling the academic qualification in today’s scenario.
We are revamping the education system, and why should we accept it?
Online learning is no more a trend; instead, it is a mainstream form of education system now. Nepal is a country where the educational system has always been at the height of controversies. Online Learning is now a proxy for our hopes and fears for education, especially during this time of the Pandemic.
We can find two sets of individuals who favor online learning and others who think online learning is not a good investment. So is it the online learning that we cannot accept or the traditional educational trend that we cannot afford to change, probably the second one for many of us?
If we don’t see the facilitator/teacher in front of us, submit assignments online, write an examination on paper made of trees(which definitely can’t be missed out on), we don’t feel like we are studying, do we? We have been so deeply rooted in the concept of an offline education system that online learning seems like a smokescreen in the name of education.
Online education enables the facilitator and the participant to set their own learning pace, and there’s the added flexibility of setting a schedule that fits everyone’s agenda. Consequently, using an online training platform makes for a more substantial work-study balance, so there’s no need to sacrifice something.
Youth Empowerment and Online Learning
Recently, there was a post shared by a professor, where he mentioned that he added a question in the exam stating, “Tell me things that you know, but I didn’t ask you in the question paper,” and according to him, he was amazed by the responses he got from students.
We are speaking about this example because it proves how bounded our traditional education system is and how determined our youths are about what they know and what they don’t.
Online learning today is more about connecting academics to skills and the market. Online learning is driven by bridging the gap between industry and scholars through research, training, and building a skilled workforce.
It builds a concept of empowerment with education and develops a skilled workforce with degrees and capabilities in hand.
There are infinite skills and subjects to teach and learn in a room as big and significant as the internet. A growing number of various colleges, universities, and different enterprises offer online versions of their programs at multiple levels and disciplines. There are numerous choices for any form of student, from music composition to quantum physics.
Pandemic and Online Learning
Looking back to a year before, everything was different, “You, Me, Everyone and Everything around.”
With Pandemic and Dalgona, another thing that came into highlight this year was online learning. And this time, when we talk about online learning, it’s not only about the curricular study, but it has upscaled to soft skills learning.
This year Pandemic enabled us to take this broad change in our educational system and approaches.
It was a considerable change in the system that was relatively not easy to accept, but we had no options left rather than accepting it. We can say forcefully, but finally, we have taken and exercised the online learning platforms.
There’s also a wide variety of payment options that let you pay in installments or per class. This makes for more effective budgeting.
Also, you can save money by taking advantage of free commuting and classroom supplies. To put it another way, the financial investment is lower, but the outcomes could be superior to other alternatives.
So, online learning is a win-win situation for a learner with enthusiasm and zeal.