The Expansion of E-Learning

The expanse of the internet onto a myriad of different devices and the huge fall in price of smart phones has meant that learning is no longer strictly limited to a classroom environment.   It’s just one but arguably one of the biggest changes that is happening in the education sector – the e-learning market will bring new opportunities to both learners and educators alike.

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The figures involved are huge but to just get an idea, one piece of research predicts that the online education market in India will grow by about 20% in the next three years.  Which means that it’s value will hit something approaching $6 billion in that single continent.

These growth figures might sound large but they are realistic, especially for a thriving economy like India.  Traditional education can be extremely expensive and in countries like India where there is huge demand but lower incomes the opportunities are much greater.  Instead of people being disadvantaged  by the lack of a formal education, online study offers the chance for people to break out of their social class and change their lives.

India is expected to have 100 million new people seeking a higher education over the next decade.  Only a proportion of these could afford to go to traditional colleges and Universities, however e-learning opens the doors to millions of other people.  Even without the prohibitive costs, there is simply insufficient physical education facilities to provide for this many new students.

Not only is there a demand for young people, India like  most countries has seen a huge increase in the culture of continuous development where individuals enhance their careers by continuing learning after college.  This creates even more of a demand and indeed commercial opportunity.

For the last few years e-learning has been used only by a few people, often you had to use these anonymous torrenting like this technique to avoid the region locks.  That is people had to hide their actual physical locations to gain access to the ‘free courses’ run by Western educational establishments.   This was presumably to restrict the numbers and trial the solutions, however Universities are now opening up these courses and many in a commercial context.

IT makes sense from both sides, students in less developed countries gain access to high quality and diverse educations. While the Universities and colleges access to lucrative income stream without the financial risks of opening up actual physical colleges as an Indian proxy in these countries.