POST COVID FUTURE OF EDUCATION IN INDIA

Post covid-19, the world will be a different place. There will obviously be visible and crucial changes across a range of behaviors, from shopping and eating out, to travel. The impact of  pandemic has already been felt on education sector too. There is nothing wrong in assuming that this impact will be here to stay for a fairly long time. This pandemic is clearly a signal of changing times and also human behavior. It is also an event that has given a push in digitalization of businesses, especially in the education sector. The present scenario of COVID-19 has disrupted not only the delivery of lessons but the entire educational system whether it is curriculum designing, examinations or assignment and it is also seen that the present scenario may remain for months to come. It is appreciable that various government bodies and educationalists across the country are working towards finding ways and means to help students continue their learning process while they are safe and secure at home.  While every individual and organization eagerly awaits the vaccine or the situation to normalize, it’s important for the educational institutes to ensure that the learning should continue.

Following are the changes in education that will occur post COVID-19 :

Blended learning will become a mode of Imparting education: The classroom will be supplemented by online coursework. In this mode, students are required to attend the classes physically for fewer days and they will be free to study at their own pace. It means there will be a blend of offline and online mode.

Training of teachers will be different: All the teachers will have to be trained for online teaching as well. This will go a long way to ensure that they are comfortable with technology and will be able to seamlessly switch between online and offline modes of teaching the curriculum. So that they feel empowered to deliver a more impactful lecture than before.

Role of teachers will need to be redefined: The role of a teacher will also be changed .Now they will be facilitator from knowledge giver in the development of learners and helping them to become life-long learners.

Technology will be used effectively to reduce the time spent by teachers on tasks such as paper-setting, evaluating and grading: This will help the teachers focus more effectively on teaching and course improvement.

Interactivity and engagement in a physical classroom will have to be built into the online learning programs to keep students engaged: Physical classrooms offer a high degree of interactivity with the teacher and also among students. Educators will have to bring in a lot of innovations to bring in the element of interactivity and collaboration in their e-learning modules.

Social Distancing principles will surely have to be implemented: As and when educational institutes open up after Covid-19, the new social distancing rules will necessarily change the existing ways of imparting education. Institutes consider working in shifts, classrooms will follow strict sanitization processes and social distancing will become a norm for all activities.

Although students are facing unprecedented levels of anxiety like hanging out with friends, peers and classmates as they used to and not being able to spend their energy on sports and other activities. It is important that as educators, we should take the responsibility to equip them with suitable coping mechanisms and help them build and strengthen their connections with supportive institutions, friends and families.