The year 2020 has surely made us experience some of the most unexpected things in our lives. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, things changed drastically in all sections of society. However, one aspect of the society that was affected the most is Education. The mode of education which earlier used to be physical is now shifted to an online mode wherein the students attended their classes from their homes. The change itself is a drastic one and has faced mixed reactions from the students. There are some who believed that the online mode helped them in learning things the way they love. While others felt that sitting in front of their devices for long hours led to fatigue.
Pros and cons of online education
Online education allows the teacher and the student to set their own learning pace. There is always flexibility in the schedule that fits everyone's list. Resulting in having a better balance of work and studies. Which means there's no need to give anything up.
A huge chunk of universities and higher education schools offer online versions of their programs for various age levels. From Fine arts to differential calculus, there are options for every type of student. Studying your program online is also an excellent option for getting an official certificate, diploma, or degree without actually visiting the university campus. Unlike offline in-person education methods, online education inclines to be much affordable and accessible. There is also often a good number of payment options that let you pay in installments. This stage enables better finance and fund management.
What does the future look like?
Upcoming tutors and teachers will have to face the fact that students will want to learn in a flexible and personalized format. For some institutions, this may mean having a more advanced and focused classroom. Students will wish their learning experience to meet their interests, time constraints, and academic needs. Teachers will be the facilitators of learning, and students will have more control over their learning journey. Future classrooms need to focus on a combination of student engagement in learning, inquiry-based approaches, curiosity, imagination, and design thinking.
The primary motive for us should be to change our mindset from offline schooling prior, followed by having the courage to accept the change before commenting about the inabilities of the education system's difference.
Style of teaching and learning has changed many times as per the critical situation or sometimes based on the demands, but we always try to find the pros in the system as we are not ready to accept it. The change comes for the benefits for all levels of students. It's up to us how we take it.
We always say education starts at home. If we count, how many of them say that the knowledge which we give to our child at the initial stage at home has to change. We never come across the comments on the home education system. Because we know as the parent, we don't give our kids the wrong education, only the way of teaching our child is changing from generation to generation. We also know that no outside interferers can point us out saying you need to change your child's ways of studying because you know what you give the education at home is right, and no parent wants to provide the wrong education.
So, in the same way, the govt is the parent of our country. None of the parents take the wrong step for the child's welfare.
So, let the govt decide and take the significant and right step to change our country's education system as the education system sees for the development of the land but not an individual result. The whole country is one nuclear family for our education system.
Effect of the Pandemic
This crisis has enhanced innovation in the education sector. We have seen innovative approaches supporting education from radios and television. Distance learning solutions are developing quickly. The responses were by governments and partners worldwide supporting education continuity. That includes the Global Education Coalition covered by UNESCO. We also are being reminded of teachers' essential roles and that of the government. Also, other important associates have an ongoing duty concerned with the education workforce. But these changes have also pointed out the promising future of learning, and the hastened changes in modes of delivering a better quality of education, cannot separate from the imperative of leaving anyone behind.
Effect of the Pandemic on local schools
Just like other sectors, the schools were affected too. The classes were shifted to online mode but it’s simply not possible to give the students the right exposure in online classes, especially the kids in preschool. Such schools have reopened and started welcoming the kids by taking the right safety measures. Many schools have come up with various measures for the protection of their students. There is regular sanitization to ensure that the kids are safe. The staff along with the children are required to wear face masks and go through thermal scanning.
Has it made students more connected than before?
Yes, that high school and above-aged students have connected more than before. Each students' view is being considered. This way, the online platform gives an equal opportunity for all. No one feels an inferiority complex.
How has online education changed the world?
Not sure about the world, but it has changed the perspective of people towards education. People have adapted to the new online education system as well. Students are also enthusiastic about learning from their computer screens.
How has technology changed education?
Technology has made a huge impact on almost every aspect of life today, and with the same thought, education is no exception. Technology has now started to bring changes to the roles of teachers and learners. Technology is one of the most powerful tools that can support and transform education in many ways. This helps in making it easier for teachers to create instructional materials to enable new ways for people to learn and work together. Anyway, technology has changed education. For one, technology has expanded access to education. In medieval times, books were rare, and only an elite few had access to educational opportunities.
Writer - Gargie Kejriwal