What has given a boost to elearning in the last couple of years?
Elearning has changed tremendously over the last couple of years.
It’s true that with the coming up of technology, there has also been an increase in elearning.
These are the following changes which have happened:
Feedback provided by LMS’s
Earlier, many of the LMS’s didn’t have an analytical capability. Now, LMS’s have the same. So, the instructors can get to know which courses are not getting covered and completed by students. So, they can be prepared to help the students in understanding the subject material of the
same. Due to so many design choices available in elearning tools, there can be the use of branching scenarios in the elearning modules. Apart from that, LMS’s provide all the data about a student. So, a student’s assessments can be personalized based on feedback about them. Also, he can get all the information about a course through a dashboard. There can also be better courses built for students based on the characteristics of students and how they perform in assessments.
The emergence of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
MOOCs have also come into the picture. They have not yet replaced university education because those who can get admission into offline courses study through them. MOOC’s are an alternative for those unable to pursue regular education because they are earning simultaneously and don’t have time. But after the coming of MOOC’s, there has been a lot of change in online education. It’s because educators who designed online content were able to see one for themselves in a MOOC, and the designing of such courses became better.
Now, elearning is no longer restricted to content delivered through Powerpoint slides, instead it’s much better consisting of simulations, character animations and storylines.
Emergence of cloud computing
Cloud computing has been essential to the development of elearning. This implies that the content of an elearning course can be accessed from anywhere and at any time. There are so many tools where content can be shared for elearning platforms. Such tools complement elearning platforms. Examples of such tools are Google Drive and Dropbox. API’s(Application programming interface) have come into the picture which implies that certain technology can be integrated with LMS. An LMS based on APIs is quite helpful because it can work with different software. For example, an LMS can upload grades of a student to a school Student Information System. Moreover, Zoom can be used with LMS for a better video conferencing experience. LMS’s have become more versatile because they have shifted to the cloud which implies they are better suited to fulfil the needs of the learners.
Changes introduced by Google
Google introduced Google Chromebooks, laptops that have the Chrome operating system. They essentially use all the application based software developed by Google including Google Docs, Google Meet etc hosted on Google Drive. Apart from these apps hosted on Google Drive, you can also find another set of apps known as Google’s cloud-based Apps for Education(GAFE). One of them is the Google Classrooms which is an LMS. Let us know what it is. This app allows you to hold a virtual class. You can have face-to-face virtual classes with students through Google Meet embedded in this app. Since Google Calendar is also integrated into this app, important reminders about homework can be sent to students via it. You can enrol students in Google Classrooms or send them a link which they can use to join. The Google Classrooms is giving competition to all the other LMS’s. This is how elearning has changed in the past couple of years with so many changes.