Online learning has taken education by storm and shows no signs of slowing down. Academicians, Educators, and Influencers worldwide feel that the Covid-19 pandemic is a stimulating factor for the widespread popularity that Online Education has received. It might be valid to some extent, but both you and I know that it is not the sole reason.
Let's for a minute forget the pandemic or look beyond it to introspect the reasons for the widespread popularity of Online Learning in India and globally.
With nothing against the traditional, regular Degree programs run on the Campuses, let us employ an open-minded approach at what necessitated the online degree programs and what it does differently.
If you are familiar with the Education system in India, especially the College or University level, students completed their Undergraduate or Postgraduation as the case may be and look for jobs in their field of interest in private, Government, corporate, or Business sectors.
Once employed, the Employer would train the employees in specific Technologies or Tools required discharging their duties.
Is the skill-gap real or just a fancy phrase?
According to a recent report by a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) provider, 82% of Employees in India believed that College Education doesn't equip them with the skills required to excel in their career.
The report also quoted '5 years' when our skills become irrelevant, a clear indicator for Upskilling and Reskilling.
Technology is evolving in the blink of an eye, taking with it those who are quick to learn, adapt and deliver nothing but excellence and leaving behind those who fail to catch up. Upskilling and Reskilling have become more critical than ever. Online Degree programs offer an industry-relevant curriculum with hands-on experience to its learners in their respective domains.
Starting your career in an organization and ending it in the same, was not unheard of in the past. But today, according to a Global survey, people change an average of 9-15 jobs in their career span, which makes me wonder is there something called a 'career'? But cannot blame them. Take India, for example, which saw a 76% rise in hiring volume for international careers in recent years.
Online Degree Programs encompass elements that transcend learning beyond borders, allowing a student to interact with their international counterparts. Many leading Universities rope-in international faculties to deliver highly impactful lessons on the Online platform, exposing the participants to global standards in Education and Jobs. Now, that is what you can call a gamechanger in your Global career.
Here is the classic feature of the term 'Online' in any sphere, and Education is not an exception. Who would have imagined that children as young as eight years are leaning on Digital platforms? So the question we have to ask ourselves is, why not?
Online Education has become a beacon of hope for millions of Learners worldwide to access high-quality Education from Premier Universities and Institutions irrespective of their physical location. Savings on the Living and traveling costs are not to be missed. It is also an excellent opportunity for working professionals to Upskill/ Reskill for higher career prospects and transitions.
The skills and competencies required in a corporate environment change rapidly, and only those who can adapt to the changes, will thrive in their careers.
The greatest challenge faced by a regular Degree program lies in the inability to update the curriculum as per the evolving industry requirement and as often as demanded. It requires a considerable amount of time, effort, and investment, precisely why Online Education is quick to grab this opportunity and cater to the learners' needs.
Professional networks are a great source of knowledge not only to budding professionals but also to the experienced. It is a great avenue to keep yourself updated about recent trends, technologies, and career enhancements in your expertise field.
Online Degree Program serves as a wonderful platform for exchanging ideas, solutions, and job opportunities for learners who connect from different parts of the world. Some of the new-age Online Learning Platforms from reputed Universities in India even rope in International faculties to teach/ interact with their learners, raising the bar of academic excellence.
Universities in India are now allowed to offer Online Degree Programs that are recognized by the UGC (Conclusion para).
Formal Education has hit an all-time low worldwide due to the COVID-19 situation. When young learners were devastated by this tragedy, a new beginning dawned upon us, which gave us hope, aspirations, and new goals to fulfill; Online Degree Programs.
Online learning is not a new concept in India and probably present since 1985. However, Online Degree Programs recognized by UGC are the first time, and it is here and ready to transform the lives of millions of Learners.
Online Degree programs have risen over the limitations of the on-campus programs and proved that technology-aided learning is more practical and useful for knowledge-enhancement and career choices. It is time we adopt the revolutionary practices of Online Learning and accelerate our careers.