3. CURRENT TRENDS OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN INDIA
4. ACTION PLANS FOR TRANSFORMING PRESENT EDUCATION SYSTEM 5. MEANING OF E-LEARNING
6. TRADITIONAL VERSUS ONLINE LEARNING
7. CREATING AN EFFECTIVE E-LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
8. SHIFT IN PARADIGM USING ICT’S
E-LEARNING: PARADIGM SHIFT IN EDUCATION IN INDIA
Over the past three decades and recently, information and communications technologies (ICTs) have orchestrated obvious fundamental changes in the way mankind organizes himself and does his own things, rendering the world into one digital global village. The greatest casualty in the mist of all these changes is the educational system, because the development, acquisition and dissemination of information are central to the educational system. This paper examines the shifting paradigms in the global education arena which is a direct consequence of advances in technology, use of internet and ICT the paper also focuses on the current trends of higher education in India and the action plan for transforming this system. It also compares the traditional with online learning and how an e-learning environment can be created.
The vision we need embrace is simple; e-Learning should be about a convergence of technology, philosophy and practice designed to liberate learners in the same manner that the Internet itself liberates users within a community of unlimited global discovery. E-learning is about trusting that people can in fact think for themselves and design their own learning strategies and learning paths.
Most importantly though, the true revelation behind e-Learning is this; learning does not end when school ends – in fact in many ways that’s when the real-world learning begins. Moreover, unlike at school, knowledge learned is relevant to your daily tasks, thus knowledge gained within your daily work paradigm can and should be integrated into the learning experience. Learning is the proactive mechanism by which all organizations add value to or receive value from knowledge – thus it should be at the heart of every enterprise IT solution, not as an afterthought but as the core driving process.
This represents a massive paradigm shift – one that will change the nature not only of the e-Learning industry but also for IT itself and the organizational cultures of any enterprise that adopts this paradigm.
Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal Monday announced that there would be a vast change in education policy making of the government in 2010. “You will see a paradigm shift in education policies. It will be an epochal year,” he said. Describing the year 2010 as very important for his ministry, Sibal said that researchers and faculty would be given a stake in the system to boost higher education and research which are vital for a nation’s development. Releasing the book “Engineering Education in India” authored by Prof. Rangan Banerjee and Vinayak P. Muley of IIT-Bombay at Observer Research Foundation, a public policy think tank headquartered in Delhi, the minister noted that while India and China were almost at the same level nearly 15 years back, China has now surged much ahead of India. “China could do it because of its national effort. But we have not done that. And the result is we are much behind China now,” the minister said. Underlining the important role of private players in the development of education in the US as in the case of Stanford University and Harvard University, Sibal said the government would create “an appropriate environment” to attract public private partnership (PPP) and private players to education sector. The minister agreed with author Banerjee that the only way to boost higher education and research is through joint efforts by the academic-industry-government tie-ups. CURRENT TRENDS OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN INDIA
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