The Future ICT Education in India—A Pilot Study on the Vision of Ubiquitous Learning in Higher Education
India like any other knowledge economy depends strongly upon the development in education sector. Quality of its education significantly defines its academic capital and status of human resource. Research findings have often pointed out to the deficiency of technology enabled quality education in India. The authors have tried out to identify the key issues to this disappointing scenario of ICT-enabled education in India. In this quest, it has been found that innovative use of ICT would help overcome different barriers like geographical, socio-economic and cultural constraints to a good extent. Implementing ICT in education primarily involves massive drives of digital literacy, development of requisite infrastructure, and devising of special measures to incorporate different ICT tools. ICT-enabled education would not only improve the quality of education but also redefine the traditional mode of learning to an interactive, efficient and interesting one. To review the scenario of ICT implementation in education and familiarity of students in the digital environment of education, a survey has been conducted over a group of students in India. The reports pointed out to the intense lack of ICT-enabled teaching methodologies. The authors have worked on proposing solutions for an inclusive development of the education standard and technique using ICT as a potential tool. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are also discussed in this perspective which has emerged as one of the most promising methods of catering Higher Education in an open and online fashion. In this connection, the authors have viewed MOOCs as a way to promote a Ubiquitous Learning environment in India which holds the potential in promulgating education to everyone and everywhere. Overall a vivid vision has been portrayed to sheath the existing education system in India with a technology cover which would not only improve the teaching-learning experience but also would show the way to ubiquitous learning in India, ensuring quality education for all.
KeywordsEducation Ubiquitous learning Digital literacy MOOCs Digital divide ICT
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