“Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mine worker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farm workers can become the president of a great nation. It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.”—Nelson Mandela
According to World Economic Forum, around 1.2 billion children in 186 countries are out of school because of the lockdown caused by Covid-19. It is estimated that global market for online e-learning will grow from$18.66 billion in 2019 to $350 billion by 2025, which is an enormous increase.
Student’s education and learning cannot be sacrificed as it will affect their career and waste valuable time. Thus, online learning or e-learning has become a new norm for which various software, language apps, virtual tutoring, and video conferencing tools are used to enhance and improve student online learning experience. The situation is so serious that it affects the whole education system (colleges and universities too), and not just schools. For instance, Harvard University recently announced that it is going to take place exclusively online for the Fall 2020 semester. Most other universities globally will also follow suit. The key question is how to make learning more interactive and inclusive for remote students in these trying times.
One of the solutions is to make effective use of the e-learning platforms, and then customize and adjust it to suit the needs of different schools, colleges, or universities. Let us discuss some of the key features of e-learning platform and how those can be effectively used during Covid-19.
Easily Accessible Material Sharing: Teachers can easily share education materials such as e-books, documents, videos, journal access, etc. with students which can be accessed anytime with great ease.
Student and Teacher Attendance: As soon as a teacher or student logs in, his/her attendance gets marked so there is no room for fake proxies that many students try for their classmates in a regular classroom environment.
Student Participation Monitoring: When a student is asked to perform a certain activity during the class, his participation is monitored in the software and thus, a teacher can better judge students using technology.
Judging Students’ Academic Capabilities: Teachers can make tests, midterms, or final exams with more efficiency by adding visuals, media, or voice notes to better explain questions. The students can be monitored if they try to open new online tabs for cheating.
Student Overall Performance Evaluation: When the computer has a student’s attendance report, quiz marks, class participation grades, and scores for midterms and final exams, it easily generates insightful student reports which tell you about the overall performance of a student during a particular year.
Parents’ Reports and Scrutiny: Teachers can easily send online student reports to their parents/guardians while adding their notes and comments.
Thus, with all these features, one easily assesses an online education experience. Odoo E-Learning is one of the finest in this regard as it makes the overall learning experience more interactive, inclusive, and nuanced. Also, all these benefits are easily consumable for the long-run and are not just there during the pandemic since automation and technology are adding efficiency and perfection to the overall learning experience.