The impact of communication technology in education reforms is one of the major trends all over the world. Integration of technology to communicate better while teaching and learning is widely perceived as a great contribution in the education reforms. It has contributed as a major achievement promoting online learners.
Online learning delivers knowledge to students in blended media using paper, e-books, USB sticks, DVD etc. The online tutor interact with student synchronously via video conferencing and a synchronously via email, efficient mentor. They help students to work aptly using an appropriate mix/blended technologies and media including social networks like Facebook and Twitter. The tutor use online and offline chat via several tools like Skype, etc.
Mobile tutoring is another communication technology that has motivated online learners in huge. The student can exploit potential of mobile learning or M-learning. The tutoring on cell phones and smart phones are made possible via SMS text, bulk or group SMS, closed user group (CUGs) Phone links and Smart Phone Apps. It is a fantastic experience where students can contact their tutors anytime anywhere from their mobile handset. It is an awesome feature for those sincere students who do not want to waste even a single minute in their academics and wish to be always first in academic merits.
Television and video recording have great influence on distance education especially used by online tutoring. These technologies with the use of computers and the internet have reinvented the way students learn remotely. Online tutors aided with computers and internet record each and every session (virtual classroom) taken with the students in the form of virtual libraries. The students can access recorded CDs and DVDs of each session for revision at the time of test preparation.
The innovations in communication technology are not finished yet. The only thing that needs to be focused is the apt integration of technology in online learning to widen the scope and strengthen the capacity of providers to meet the needs of its clientele.