Online education marks a tectonic shift in the education system

During an unprecedented period, teachers, parents and teachers have made the world’s largest pivot, from face-to-face learning to online classes. So, in an effort to ensure continuity, online education has become the new normal.

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ThroughMala Sood

The year 2020 ushered in by disrupting all aspects of normal life and the major shake up was mostly suffered by the education sector around the world. The indefinite closure of schools, colleges and universities has created a learning vacuum for students, but the crisis has been handled well, resulting in a tectonic shift in our education system from offline education to online education. During an unprecedented period, teachers, parents and teachers have made the world’s largest pivot, from face-to-face learning to online classes. So, in an effort to ensure continuity, online education has become the new normal.

There has been a significant and continuing debate that online learning is not as effective as face-to-face learning and online education has created a digital divide in society. Technology is an extremely important tool for educators that can help affirm and advance the relationships between educators and students. Everyone has witnessed that the transition to online education at the start of 2020 must be done with urgency and educational institutions around the world have come up with innovative ideas and have shown the world incredible work in rethinking the world. learning with a combination of online education and offline teaching to keep students engaged. The main motive was to give the best to the students and for this, specially designed e-learning modules were added which gave new dimensions to student learning.

The Indian government is promoting several e-learning projects under the National Mission on Education through ICT initiatives such as Swayam, Swayam-Prabha, National Digital Library, e-Yantra, Virtual Lab, which help students as well as teachers to improve their skills. as well as providing quality resources. On the other hand, these efforts lead to the creation of knowledge tools that encourage creativity and innovation among the young generation. The New Education Policy (NEP) 2020 proposes an overhaul of the existing education system and the integration of technology to improve teaching and learning is an important aspect.

As the Digital India Campaign helps transform the entire nation into a digitally self-sufficient society, we need an army of tech-savvy young people with an emphasis on critical thinking, creativity and better conceptual understanding will encourage students to become motivated learners. By merging digital, human and human skills, the new reality prepares students for the future. Online education is considered the best option, but in a country as diverse as India, the delivery of technology-driven education cannot be aimed at all segments of society. Online learning has its challenges: uneven access to devices and internet connection, insufficient space at home to take online courses and teachers lacking training to deliver online courses, insufficient personalized online content and impact of continuous online exposure on health.

These realities must be recognized and the risks associated with transferring education online must be accepted. Students from the wealthiest households have better access to the Internet and computers and have better digital skills. At the same time, we must accept that education is not about technology but also about learning, interaction and the development of soft skills and social capital that only schools can provide through teaching. in person. A teacher in a classroom exerts a great influence on the students although it is supposed to convey the teaching equally to all the students and that each student can imbibe and come out differently. Face-to-face teaching under a strict school regime also instills in every child a discipline and regularity that a home cannot. In technology-assisted learning, the pace of learning is not determined by the teacher, and in face-to-face teaching, the teacher not only assumes the role of facilitator, but can also provide great support to students. marginalized learners.

In India, we have to accept the fact that online education is not a quick fix for everyone. A mix of offline and online education should be the way of the future. Our young people have an immense caliber to strive for excellence and they can certainly build a strong and empowered India by embracing the role of technology in shaping education – the Future Vistas.

(Author Mala Sood is Principal of Arvind Gupta DAV Centenary Public School, Model Town. Opinions expressed here are personal.)

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