India as a country is developing rapidly in terms of technology, however, over the years the country has had a very conventional approach to learning. The main form of learning considered credible was the traditional format of classroom sessions, and for a long time people were skeptical about adopting the online learning format.
However, since the Covid-19 epidemic, trends in education have changed dramatically across the world and in India. Due to school closures to prevent the spread of Covid-19, physical classes have moved to the digital space.
Online learning has been widely adopted by schools and educational institutions to ensure the continuity of learning. The biggest concern with this new educational structure is whether the learning outcomes are satisfactory or not. Thus, it is imperative to have a combined learning approach for education in India, which has become the need of the hour.
A blended e-learning approach combined with classroom sessions will transform the education system in India as the trend for e-learning will continue to gain momentum in 2021.
The adoption of edtech solutions has increased significantly when we see the numbers of 2018 and 2019 versus 2020. The edtech segment saw a 26% increase in user visits between the duration of April 2019 to March 2020, compared to through April 2018 through March 2019, according to a recent report from SimilarWeb.
Additionally, the edtech segment saw 128.8 million visits in the first 28 days of lockdown in India, compared to 102.2 million average visits between April 2019 and February 2020. The level at which education has gone digital over the past year reflects the importance of online learning. and the penetration of edtech solutions will only increase in the years to come.
According to a report by RedSeer and Omidyar Network India, online education offerings in the K-12 segment in India are expected to grow 6.3 times by 2022, to create a market of $ 1.7 billion.
Online learning has erased the limits and barriers of the conventional learning approach and it is endorsed as a credible option that can be combined with classroom learning to ensure continuity of education.
Benefits of online learning:
E-learning also helps alleviate the problems of flexibility in education. Edtech companies are expanding their footprint across India, to ensure that students can learn from anywhere, anytime. This greatly helps students, especially at the basic level, when students will benefit from the qualitative and scientific approach offered by e-learning, which is provided by many edtech companies.
This can be combined with classroom sessions, which promote collaborative learning, improve the student’s social skills, stimulate the student, help him develop personal skills and also help teachers change their approach accordingly. gaps observed in learning.
Thus, a combined approach to learning is imperative and e-learning can be a catalyst for the existing education system.
Moreover, with the introduction of the New Education Policy (NEP), the changing trends will combine practical and theoretical sessions, in which learning will not only depend on a rote learning format in India.
Improving education in rural areas:
In addition, the government is actively working to improve the education system in rural areas. There are various educational programs and programs introduced by the government to support schools in rural and semi-urban areas, including programs such as Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan.
The government is also undertaking Development Impact Bonds, commonly known as DIB projects, to work with businesses to improve the quality of education and learning outcomes for students in rural areas and development sectors. social in India.
Technology plays a vital role in education and helps improve teaching and learning processes. Today, classrooms combined with digital learning tools through innovative methods have helped increase student engagement with a personalized learning approach.
Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) have become an integral part of the teaching process which enables students to learn with understanding. Educators are increasingly using technologies such as gamification, augmented reality (AR), and virtual reality (VR) to increase student interest levels and ensure maximum retention.
Additionally, data-driven technology can be used to assess student understanding and identify learning gaps through content analysis.
In conclusion, technology will be a game-changer for the Indian education landscape, enabling teachers and educators around the world to deliver better learning outcomes for students both remotely and in the classroom.
Article by Umesh Joshi, Director of Product and Technology, Educational Initiatives.
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