The e-classes have led to a little inconvenience, but have also opened new dimensions of education and innovation. It has given us a glimpse of how the education sector can revolutionise for the better, says Dr Varun Gupta
From ancient times, human beings have seen various forms of deadly diseases and have been surviving them. With the dynamic change in tastes and preferences of consumers, lifestyle changes, production of toxic chemicals, fertilizers, cosmetics, etc. and the manifestation of environmental hazards due to industrial operations, novel diseases have also been rapidly increasing. One such pandemic which has completely taken the world by storm is Coronavirus. It has taken a significant toll on the lives of lakhs of people around the globe and is continuing to do so.
Due to this schools and colleges have been shut down and online classes are being conducted. These e-classes have led to a little inconvenience, but have also opened new dimensions of education and innovation. It has broadened the aspects of digital education and given us a glimpse of how the education sector can revolutionise for the better. Here are a few trends that can give us some information about the futuristic transformation in the education industry:
Digitisation of education: As the world is going through a major lockdown, home-schooling is the best thing that has happened over these past months. Many schools and colleges are taking online classes and online expert sessions for university students are being held extensively. This has brought millions of students and teachers together on one platform and is helping educators to impart knowledge through video calls. Many video conferencing platforms such as Zoom, Skype, IMO, Webex Meet are gaining a huge audience base due to this Internet teaching.
Innovation: The traditional methods of in-class teaching, centuries-old lecture-based approaches, institutional biases, and old fashioned classrooms have come to a standstill due to the coronavirus. On the other hand, it has become a catalyst for educational establishments to develop and follow innovative solutions for teaching in a very short time. In countries like Japan, China, Lebanon and Africa, many creative and novice solutions of teaching are being introduced. Some of the methods are, providing access to learning material through live television broadcasts, Google classrooms, leveraging online video apps for extracurricular activities such as exercises, yoga etc. The invention of 5G technology has introduced the concept of learning anytime, anywhere across different developed countries. Educators and students are quickly embracing this concept. Offline and online integration of teaching modalities and live broadcasts from educational influencers is the true-lifestyle in the present time.
Improving digital skills: According to a recent study, 96 per cent of the teachers feel that Covid-19 has a positive impact on online education. It is entirely transforming the process of learning and teaching between teachers and children. The use of technology in class means its integration in lesson plans and methods. It has made teachers more effective in utilising technology and improving their digital skills. Educators need to maintain their skills set relevant to the current situation and stay up-to-date with tech trends. The use of tools like Google slides, Microsoft Powerpoint and Google sheets. has helped teachers to manage tasks and assignments efficiently. It also helps them to plan lessons more creatively and interactively.
Accessibility: The biggest advantage of digital learning is accessibility. As this pandemic has made many students leave their university hostels and move to their homes, therefore online classes have made education accessible to all students. It is allowing individuals from all over the world to complete their courses or training through university portals or websites.
Environmental impact: As much negative impact coronavirus has on the economy right now, e-learning has that much positive impact on education. Top university professors and education experts are encouraging sustainable practices and eco-friendly digital learning. eLearning is eliminating the need for books, thereby reducing paper waste. It is thus catching the interest of younger generations and is likely to go uphill in the future.
Hence, coronavirus pandemic has impacted various industries globally and has brought a change in the way we work, study, and live. But education as a whole is undergoing a major transformation making e-learning the need of the hour.
The writer is an Indian Peace Ambassador, Educationist & Entrepreneur