Courses offered through online have begun to get popular among the students, as they now become more affordable than those offered in colleges.
According to edX, a massive open online course(MOOC) provider and online learning platform, nearly 40 lakh students take online courses offered by various foreign universities and online course platforms among which about four lakh students are from India, making the country the second larget population of e-learners.
Samanth Bhargav, a software engineer has excelled himself by taking various e-courses which includes Introduction to Computer science from Harvard University and Web Intelligence and Big Data from IIT Delhi. “These courses help me learn a lot of new, exciting subjects that aren’t offered in conventional schools and colleges, at least not for free. The one I am currently doing, Autonomous Navigation Course, is probably offered by only handful universities in the world. Apart from learning new subjects, these help me focus on topics we barely remember towards the end of engineering.” While not all courses are free, the fees are minimal for most.
One of the US based departmental survey in 2010 also showed that students enrolled in Online learning courses performed as well as those in on-campus. some students even says that it is easier to concentrate on a online course than an academic college course as there will be a less chances of distraction during an e-course, The Times of India reports.
Recently, the British Council launched a series of free MOOC for teachers and students. Short-term courses to help students with IELTS and English language tests are on offer. The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay also launched IIT-BombayX in January this year.
Hence, e-courses does help distinct students to take part in various programs ranging from basics to skillful levels of education. This helps them to horn their skills keeping the economic limits in mind.