Online education is an education system which is designed to provide the education to those students who cannot join the institutions. It is also known as distance learning and E-learning as well.
The University of London was the first institution which started this system of education in 1858. More institutions conducted online education system around the globe after the success of this system in Great Britain. In most countries, Open University is the widely used term for such institutions, which are using such sort of the education system.
Online education system uses different mediums to deliver the courses and basic syllabus of specific course to the students. Students can get all of their assignment, notes, and projects for research and lectures regarding their courses. There is no need of class room for such sort of activity.
These sources include the internet, CD’s, TV and radio channels and mail. Students can communicate with their teachers or instructors via using the internet. Special chat rooms are made for students, where they can join their other mates and instructors to obtain the help about their study. Many universities have their own TV channels by which they broadcast the lectures and programs, containing the study material.
TV channels have proven significant to promote this system of education. Although, many new sources of media have been discovered yet radio is a still popular way to deliver the lectures to students, because everyone has access to the radio in any country. It’s broadcast can be heard at long distances. In many counties, Mail is used to distribute to online education courses as well.
Other new and modern mediums for the online education system are mp3 players, PDA’s and Smart Phones. After completion of the courses, exams are conducted at examination centers, or they may also be given online as well.
Benefits and Advantages
• The biggest advantage of online education is that it provides comfort to students who can’t be able to join the universities and institutions for study because of their personal reason and jobs.
• It provides the boons of education to those students who live far away from any proper institute.
• It fuels the economy by producing a skillful youth and graduates that are willing to serve the nation.
• It is cheap. So, many poor students can get the education by this system.
• It helps to produce the literate nation.
This system is emerging as a new mean to provide the student the facility of education and skills. The progress of technology is strengthening this education system. Without the shadow of doubt, we can say distance learning will be the future of education. Every new mean of communication is making it strong. According to surveys, online education will be the popular mean to get education in the entire world in the future.