As the number of e-learning course grows at institutions, it poses several challenges for students and instructors. In the e-learning process, students do not get a competitive environment and without competition nobody can think of aggressive study among students. There is no direct involvement between students and mentors in the e-learning process and it lacks motivational environment between them. Students don’t have routine study pattern; they overlook many parts in books and focus themselves only in answering the question. In this way they miss many knowledgeable parts of study.
An isolated environment between instructor and students disconnect the chances of availability at the time of need. E-learning is every much dependent of internet and computer. Thus failure in internet and damage of computer prevents the student from accessing course material and it’s very frustrating at the time of examination. Students sometime involve themselves more in understanding complexity of online learning software rather than concentrating in study.
One of the biggest drawback in e-learning is that it is bounded in theoretical study; practical study, lab testing and on the job training are missing heavily. E-learning makes student computer savvy but in term of computer literature they need class-room study. Several study found that most of students enrolled in e-learning are adult but knowledge capturing capacity reduces with the increase of age and adults are also poor in adapting themselves in technological experience.
Most of e-learning students are confused what books they have to read and what subject they don’t have to read. This misunderstanding happens due to lack of interaction between teacher and students. These students are even confused in knowing the weightage of grade and at what grade they can secure their future. On the other hand, instructor can’t assess the students’ capability and weakness by sitting in other corner through chat or mail.
Internet reached to 150 million of people in India so far against 1.2 billion people. Millions of villages are not connected by internet; millions of households do not have a computer; millions of students do not know how to use computer and internet. Thus for a developing country like India, e-learning is all the more difficult in the absence of IT enabled devices and services. E-learning can be done from anywhere in the world but there are many areas in India where such infrastructure is not there to get the registration done. E-learning follows a common language- English but very few percent of Indian are proficient in English.
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