The internet has changed the learning experience of students across the world. In doing so this technology has also restructured traditional models and strategies for higher education. One such model is the Global Online Education System. Online learning and education has enabled higher education institutions to spread their brand name geographically, enroll new prospective students and establish themselves as leaders in global education.
Studies in USA have shown that higher education students using online learning tools perform better than those using face to face classroom sessions alone. Last year above 40 percent of students in the USA had experience in using online learning, and this figure is slated to double up in another 3 years from now.
What is global online education? Global online education takes various forms such as e-learning, distance learning or even networked learning. All the various forms are similar as they work using Information Communication Technology. Global online learning for higher education can be using the following as medium- network, intranet, CD-ROM, or the internet. It can include text, audio, video, animation and virtual environments.
Many of the educational institutions have now shifted toward student -centric services rather than requiring students to adapt to a teacher-centric model. Instructors are now re-designing their teaching contents and courses to effectively accommodate online education into their pedagogy.
An initial strategy has to be prepared by any Institution intending to embrace online education, as vital decisions regarding infrastructure has to be made in advance and budget allocated. Once online education is implemented the system becomes more manageable, so does the learning.
Learning can be assessed online instantly and report be generated in no time. Getting the right content or creating appropriate content is important for this process. Content authoring with the help of online authoring tools can provide for online courses, which can include multimedia content apart from the usual text format. These courses can be delivered as and when the end user needs them or through virtual classrooms. Final implementation ends the whole deployment process.
On-line learning has grown to become an overnight phenomenon in higher education today. It is mostly influenced by the technological advancement of a particular economy and the structure of education system prevalent in that country. Let’s hope to see more and more countries adopting this model of student-centric learning in the immediate future so as to make learning a life long process.