IMPACT OF E-LEARNING TECHNOLOGIES ON INDIAN HIGHER EDUCATION: PROMISES AND PERILS By Dr. Shazli Hasan Khan

Abstract

Advances in computers and Multimedia technology have changed traditional methods of learning and skills training. On-line learning continues to play a major role in the success of any academic program. Such learning can personalize learning needs both for students and teachers. It can provide environment where virtual reality techniques are used to create interactive interfaces and real time software can monitor every response made by the user. E-learning is a combination of learning services and technology that is delivered or enabled by electronic means. In recent years the techniques and tools of dissemination of knowledge have changed from, “technology-supported learning, distance learning and distance education” to “online learning and web-based training” to “e-learning”. Today e-learning allows us to share and manage knowledge and skills of the twenty first century with our other fellow professionals who work in foreign universities and colleges, and to get the right information to the right people, when and wherever they need it. Teachers and learners must realize that new opportunities are being offered by modern on-line communication system. Now with e-learning taking over the place of traditional classrooms, the entire higher education is being delivered on-line and the person with the basic knowledge and skills of Web technology is open to whole new world of knowledge, from free Web surfing and self-organized education—through on-line resources and familiarization with Internet culture, its places, sites, search engines etc—up to a more structured approach. The present paper explores e-learning content preparation, presentation tools, application of e-learning in various types of methodologies used in higher education, benefits and limitations of e-learning and implications of e-learning integration in Indian higher education institutions.

Key words: e-learning, Internet, Web-based training, Computer-based training, Distance education.

[1] Assistant Professor, MANUU, CTE, Sambhal