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Blended learning – the future of upskilling and reskilling in digital India

Blended learning – the future of upskilling and reskilling in digital India

Technology has proven to disrupt the education system by providing improved delivery formats, augmenting distribution, and enhancing accessibility. This addresses the three main problems that the Indian education sector face. Technology in education has made tech-powered online and distance education become one of the most burgeoning education markets in the country. India’s online market is all set to grow to USD 1.96 billion with close to 9.6 million users.

Reskilling and Upskilling

The largest category in the online education market today in India is upskilling, reskilling, and online certification, that are valued at a whopping USD 93 million. The major reason for this is the acute need for reskilling for working professionals, especially ones working in the IT sector. Reskilling is the buzz word for all new-age working professionals. The employers in the IT sector look for very specific skills these days and employees need to reskill on a regular basis in order to match the expectations of job profiles.  The most popular reskilling courses today are Analytics, App development, Cloud Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Big Data and IT training and Management courses.

There is also a great level of skill disparity that freshers in the IT sector witness which creates a big need for upskilling. In order to upskill freshers, there are institutes like IIHT that offer blended learning programs that use their effective Learning Management Systems before students can start work at an IT company thus improving the efficiency of the new recruits.

Why Blended Learning is the best method for upskilling and reskilling courses

Most millennials today see upskilling, or reskilling, as an effective method for career growth or change in the job profile. In fact, a millennial signs up anything between 2 courses a year to 5 courses a lifetime on an average. The main reasons why blended learning systems for reskilling and upskilling are picking up in India are:

  1. Accessibility: Geographical constraints do not hinder users when it comes to accessing quality study material online which ensures the focus on self-paced learning.
  2. Convenience: Users are able to study anywhere anytime at their own convenience. Technology allows for easy access of study material across any device through flexible Learning Management Systems, even while on the go. This also reduces time and money spent on travel and accommodation.
  3. Duration: The online courses are typical of shorter durations allowing the students to upskill quickly within a short period of time.
  4. Cost: In courses like Cloud stack training, the investment for students on cloud labs can be heavy. Cloud labs at IIHT’s blended learning courses though, spare the students of such heavy expenditure. This is where technology platforms enable education providers to price courses economically and the students are spared the cost of bearing the huge burden of the physical infrastructure.

Get the best of both worlds with Blended Learning

Today, online classrooms are competing with physical classroom education, and penetrating in areas that were considered the forte of physical classroom education. The online courses get delivered via instructor-led training sessions, assignments, live projects, doubt resolution sessions and case studies. The course content includes videos, interactive e-books, power points, documents, demos etc, that are updated on a regular basis which is made instantly available to students. In fact, when a course is delivered efficiently, it can engage the students even better than physical classrooms and give better results.

The two areas of education that are deeply instilled in the Indian learners’ mindset are teacher-student mentorship, and peer competitiveness. The blended learning system solves both. By having instructor-led training sessions online, teacher feedback on assignments, live quiz, doubt solving sessions, the mentorship issue is effectively solved. With grading systems, group learning systems, quiz, competitions, projects, gamification etc., the peer competitiveness is addressed. These are what open up new avenues for learning in the new Digital India!