Technology is changing the face of education; the very fabric of traditional learning has now extended into new and more evolved learning methodologies. The year 2017 witnessed the expansion of massive open online courses (MOOCs). Educational technology (EdTech) made a major foray into India through executive and higher education. The launch of Byju’s app animated basic concepts in mathematics, wooing students and parents alike. Indians have made several apps that impart vocational courses like programming and coding online. Online certification of a host of courses has seen many professionals sign up to upgrade their skills and knowledge. According to a recent report by Google and KPMG, online education in India will grow by a factor of eight over the next five years. This will have a significant impact on the EdTech market, which has the potential to touch $1.96 billion by 2021.
While technology is changing paradigms in education, it is also nurturing the guru-shishya bond offline. Today, with more social media channels and easy access to the internet, a teacher-student relationship goes beyond the four walls of the classroom. Students can discuss and submit projects online. And more youth and children in small towns will be connected to teachers online; knowledge will reach the unreachable. However, the clutter of information on the internet makes the role of the teacher more comprehensive. The teacher here becomes more of a mentor who guides the student in the right direction in the World Wide Web. The virtual touch certainly facilitates knowledge exchange in real time.