Global and Lokal Distance Education - GLOKALde October 2020, ISSN 2148-7278
Volume: 6 Number: 2, Article 9
ONLINE EDUCATION AND DISTANCE LEARNING: OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES
If we trace the inception of online learning we find that it has grown as an offshoot of distance education, which goes back at least 100 years to the early correspondence courses. With the evolution of the Internet and the World Wide Web, the potential for reaching learners around the world has increased greatly and that is how online learning becomes an effective medium offering rich educational resources in multiple media. It has also the capability to support both real-time and asynchronous communication between instructors and learners as well as among different learners. Institutions of higher education and corporate training have switched over to online learning because of its efficacy, accessibility, immediacy and global coverage. My article will analyze the salient features of online learning and shall also mention some of its challenges and opportunities that the learners, teachers and other users are faced with Case studies of online education in India (IGNOU) and In Japan OUJ have been analyzed with reference to digital growth also in other countries across the globe. In future times due to upgradation in the cyber and technology industry and due to marketing by corporate players the scope for online learning remains very prospective.