Talking Point: How digital education underwent a dramatic transformation in one year – Times of India

The new format of education has brought significant changes in urban and rural sector

Transition in approach to learning


The digital teaching-learning transformation journey has been like a fast-paced time-lapse, providing a closer peek at the schools of the future. And this is not just in context to classrooms going virtual but a complete transition in the mindset, outlook, and approach to learning. In our quest to adapt to the uncertainties of this fast-changing world – the virus has led to the dawn of a new age in education. With digital learning, teachers have transformed into being more tech-savvy than ever to maximise engagement and impact, an essential skill for schools of tomorrow. However, relying completely on digital delivery is not recommended for students to learn and engage. Instead, we need technology as a teacher’s aide for learning effectiveness and not as a substitute for physical school.

– Prajodh Rajan, Co-founder and Group CEO, EuroKids International

Interactive format is valuable


Online teaching has taken on a new meaning with classes becoming borderless, flexible and self-paced. The traditional classroom has undergone a massive transformation with content becoming a huge differentiator in online education – videos, quizzes, infographics, presentations, analytics, games, interactive formats have become invaluable in the curriculum. Technology in education and online learning tools have become the new ‘chalk and board’. In the background of the NEP 2020, Indian institutions must make effective use of innovation to improve their teaching, re-visit their pedagogy, and enhance learning for their students. Going forward, ‘blended format’ will be an acceptable form of imparting education, but we will have to ensure that we balance remote and in-classroom learning to give students the best experience of learning and interacting.”

– Dishan Kamdar, vice-chancellor, FLAME University


Change is the only constant


Digital technology has made a significant contribution, where the educators are supported through Information and Communication Technology (ICT) based infrastructure that can enrich learning and teaching, help raise levels of attainment and close the attainment gap. The skillful deployment of digital technology and early learning settings that we adapted be it Google Meet, circulating of video lectures, Virtual labs etc has benefited with our learners developing a level of general and special digital skills and also continuing their curriculum learning during the pandemic. Change is the only constant in life, and adaptation of digital skills have helped us to adapt and stay to the change.

– Madhura S, assistant professor, RV Institute of Technology and Management, Bangalore

E-learning an integral component of education


The virtual model of teaching-learning has become a new normal post the outbreak of the COVID-19. Technology has impacted not only what students learn but how they learn. Earlier, it was believed that the unplanned and rapid move to online learning with no training and little preparation would result in a poor user experience. While others believed that a new hybrid model of education would emerge with significant benefits. In view of the integration of information technology in education, it is believed that it will be further accelerated, and online education will eventually become an integral component of the education system.

– Narayan Panda, Brahmani Public School, Dhenkanal, Odisha


TV, social media came to prominence


The concept of education changed overnight soon after the outbreak of the virus, digital learning emerged as an indispensable resource for education. Further, the government started utilising TV and social media to broadcast lessons for all grades through TV channels. Needless to say, the pandemic has transformed the centuries-old, chalk–talk teaching. This disruption has also pushed policymakers to figure out the way to ensure effective implementation of digital technology at a larger scale for tackling the digital divide.

– Arun Kumar Aman, SNS High School Mohanpur, Banka, Bihar

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