Time to unlearn old-school methods

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Time to unlearn old-school methods

Wednesday, 12 January 2022 | SHALINI JOHN

Time to unlearn old-school methods

The pandemic has cleared the way for a hybrid educational paradigm that combines digital and conventional teaching and learning methodologies, says SHALINI JOHN

With the pandemic affecting students all over the world, India's education system evaluated how teachers, students, and parents responded to new means of delivering education and will continue to practice digital learning tools and resources to evolve the educational system in the future.

In order to remain relevant, educational institutions have been modernising and implementing technology into teaching methods, techniques, and curriculum. The pandemic has cleared the way for a hybrid educational paradigm that combines digital and conventional teaching and learning methodologies. Innovative learning solutions and trends have been developed as a result of technological advancements in the education industry and will continue to develop.

Education trends to be foreseen Power of narration and visuals

There has been a shift in attention patterns and it has a major impact on how instructors alter their lectures and keep students curious about what they're learning. Teachers must further enhance and add new strategies to develop classes that will engage their students. The educators must prepare a good narrative and visuals as when students have highly visual and interesting material, they have a strong potential for paying attention. Schools must continue to deliver knowledge with relevant illustrations and engaging conversation to keep students' attention.

Personalised learning

In recent years, personalised learning has become increasingly popular. The notion that each student experiences and responds to learning differently is being taken into deep consideration. To establish a healthy student-teacher relationship, personalised learning prioritises student input and dynamic coaching.  It seeks to tailor learning to each student's strengths and weaknesses, as well as their needs, talents, and interests. It encourages students' advancement so that each student can progress at his or her own pace. Personalised teaching-learning systems that make use of technology and creative instructional designs will continue to advance at a rapid pace.

Assessment via AI

Assessment tools are designed to evaluate a student's practical knowledge of a subject rather than his or her theoretical knowledge. Students who use AI-powered online testing systems receive personalised feedback. For each topic/subject, AI-based systems provide vital data into the performance of students and the group. There is a risk of biases slinking in during the traditional manual evaluation of tests. The usage of online resources and procedures to assess the learner will eliminate the biases that come with manual evaluation.

Internet of things in education

The Internet of Things has played a major role in helping teachers and school administrators create a better-coordinated structure for daily school activities. Both parents and students can track their children's development in real-time with the help of the internet. Through the school dashboard, they can easily check the status of pending assignments. Furthermore, teachers can construct their own polls so that students can seamlessly evaluate their teaching skills and techniques at the end of each lecture. Teachers are able to observe what areas students struggled with and what they can do to enhance their teaching approach as a result of this.

Soft skills

Some of the most critical skills in the workplace include people management, problem-solving, critical thinking and creativity. Employers are scrutinizing professionals who can make difficult judgments and have leadership ability. A school is an institution where children are taught their first life lessons. They learn to take on barriers, tackle the obstacles and deal with failures. It is crucial that students understand more than mere academics. Schools must have the training to help students foster and develop in these soft skills spots in order to prepare children for their future. However, the concurrent move towards online learning poses a dilemma for many educators. These teachers will have to discover a strategy to balance the screen time in their classroom along with supporting students in collaborating face-to-face to inculcate soft skill development.

Hybrid learning

Hybrid learning is a powerful blend of physical classroom practices and digital learning. Owing to technology and automation, schools are leveraging hybrid learning to upskill students. Due to this, students can take advantage of the flexibility presented by the hybrid learning system to upskill themselves and stay relevant. Hybrid has evolved as a relevant tool for practical learning and teaching in the current scenario. As a result, hybrid school concepts along with dynamic synchronous and asynchronous blended learning approaches will continue to evolve and be practiced.

The writer is SHALINI JOHN, (Head - IB) at Aditya Birla World Academy.

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