E-learning refers to the fulfillment of educational purposes via technological devices, which could range from desktop computers, laptops, tablets, and even mobile devices. E-learning allows students to obtain a complete educational experience electronically. As the world is becoming more aware of the numerous benefits it has to offer, the question arises as to how the government should support and aid e-learning.
E-learning has proven to be an effective and successful way of obtaining knowledge and education, whether in the form of blended education (combining both e-learning and traditional classroom methods), or purely electronic education. Not only that, but e-learning has a much greater reach than traditional schooling methods, as students are able to access the educational content on an e-learning platform regardless of time or location. This encourages more students to study as they are not bound to a specific timing or physical classroom.
This benefit of e-learning can be extremely beneficial in a country like Pakistan, where limited resources as well as societal beliefs can hinder students from obtaining classroom education. If the government aids e-learning, then more students can be educated with international standards, without having to travel far to attend classes. This will boost the overall literacy of the country and thereby improve the economy.
Moreover, e-learning can encourage students to pursue higher education, as the flexibility of e-learning can allow students to study while working at the same time, according to their own schedules.
The Pakistani government has already began aiding e-learning with the introduction of Virtual University in 2002, which is the first university in the country to provide distance learning programs and degree courses. If the government continues to provide financial aid to such institutions, it can greatly encourage e-learning and benefit students all over the country. Furthermore, the government can provide other public and private institutions with subsidies and financial aid in order to facilitate the development of their own LMS and thereby help these existing educational institutions in the country to meet international standards.