Merits and Demerits of Online Education

Online Education is considered as a big leap in the education sector. Education no more remains a teacher-pupil oriented formula which is considered a thing of the past. In this way, we could say that India is definitely globalising and is on the path of steady economic growth. The e-learning market in the country is estimated to be worth more than $3 billion.

India is said to be the third largest online market in the world, the other two being USA and China. Online education has the major advantage of making available best resource material easily available online.

In fact, online education helps people get access to a world-class learning experience when traditional higher education is simply not possible due to financial or personal constraints. Some may also suffer from physical or mental disabilities that make learning in a classroom impossible. For these students, online courses, specialisations and degree programs can offer an incredible opportunity to continue their education and build careers for themselves.

Merits and Demerits of Online Education

There are varieties of merits for students which go for online education which includes- flexibility of education programs, cost saving and less commuting wherein the student can learn and study from home or from wherever and bear no extra expenses on travel to the study centre.

However, the major disadvantage of online education is the lack of options which would be available to the students which he would get while being enrolled at campus education programs.

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC)

Massive Open Online Course is an online course which is aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. In addition to traditional course materials such as filmed lectures, readings, and problem sets, many MOOCs provide interactive user forums to support community interactions among students, professors, and teaching assistants. MOOCs are a recent and widely researched development in distance education which were first introduced in 2008 and emerged as a popular mode of learning in 2012.


Swayam is the name of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) of India which was launched recently. Swayam is a platform that would bind Indian higher education, both online and offline.