Trends in ICT E-learning: Challenges and Expectations


Sunita Jacob
Radhai S.


Online education can be a highly effective and alternative method of education, which requires constant learning and is constantly evolving. In India, the rapid emergence of ICT has given far reaching impetus to the e-learning market. Subsequently, the growing presence of internet and increasing broadband connectivity has given a further thrust to interactive online learning.

The prospect of making education available to anyone, anytime, anywhere is becoming increasingly appealing to students, the corporate world and the populace at large.

It is necessary to consider both the advantages and disadvantages of online learning so you can be better prepared to face the challenges of working in this new environment and embrace the new opportunities that it has to offer.

e-learning can provide a model for students on how to become self directed independent learners, which may assist them to become ‘life long learners' The role of the educator is predominant in the successful delivery of networked learning. There has to be a shift in focus from teacher-centred to learner-centred education, encouraging educators to provide courses which enable students to manage their own learning. Hence forth, this digital learning atmosphere has potential to change the dynamics of the classroom.

Our paper is based on a survey conducted for the students and faculty to study and determine whether our higher education system and stake holders are ready for initiating digital e-learning. The paper also discusses whether the need of the hour is traditional learning method, e- learning method or a blended approach to both.