A few years ago, nobody would have imagined that a public health crisis would be the reason for digitization of what was considered a rigidly traditional sector - education. But true to the concept of the word, educators have ‘learnt’ how to keep learning going and have taken great strides in ensuring inclusive learning. Most student learning patterns are different from the other and with the pandemic, more focus has been placed on suitable learning methods for each type of learner and their pace. Online schooling has now become the norm, after moving on from the newness phase that we saw in the early pandemic days. Efforts to transition the learner and the teacher on virtual platforms came with its own teething troubles. Classroom management, inclusive education and time management were tricky issues to deal with, even extending to external factors like poor internet connectivity and infrastructure, data plans and others. While most opted out of an education in Tier 2 and 3 cities, the others grappled with a new medium of instruction, hoping that the pandemic would soon come to an end and conventional schooling would take over.
Frequent absenteeism is a problem with online learning. The reasons are manifold. Poor network connectivity, inadequate digital infrastructure leading to disconnections, student fatigue, and more. Most students now hold the power to “leave” a classroom since that action has been reduced to the pressing of a button. With the online learning system, educational institutions are also finding it a challenge to “mark a student present”.
The primary purpose of providing education is to provide students with the skills and knowledge to attain success in the path they choose to take. A key factor in achieving this objective is to give students a wholesome and enriching learning experience. In an increasingly competitive education industry, schools and universities have to show students why they are the best option for them.
After almost 18 months into the compelled online transition of education, educators are figuring out what makes online learning successful. Sure, there are ample tools and resources to bring knowledge to the student but how should it be tied together to deliver a unified experience, like in a traditional setting? There are plenty of factors to consider while creating successful online learning strategies, for example, the individual styles of learning, class management, concept retention, methods of effective assessment, and examinations, to name a few.
Online learning refers to any kind of learning content that is delivered in a virtual environment. Online learning can be video-based, either live or self-paced, taking place in a one-on-one or group setting. No longer outdated and dreary, rapid technological advancements have aided in the adoption of new-age modes of learning like e-learning, mobile learning, and blended learning and gamification.
The role of parents in delivering education is more crucial than ever. Owing to the shift online, they are key to helping their children develop healthy learning behaviors. Educating your child at home comes with a few challenges that if managed properly, can maximize learning opportunities within restricted environments. As parents find themselves adopting a more immersive role in their children’s studies, educational institutions must extend support in the joint mission of lesson delivery and retention. Parents educating children is a new dimension to lesson delivery and it must be aligned with curriculum goals.
Blended online learning is a fast-growing innovation taking the education industry by force. Blended learning is an approach that combines online education resources for online interaction alongside conventional classroom methods. It is defined by the physical presence of both teacher and student and allows the student some autonomy over the learning pace, process, place, and time. Blended online learning is a variation of blended learning that includes concurrent online learning via web conferencing to enhance otherwise asynchronous online learning.
While online learning resources have proved to be a boon, especially during these unprecedented times, e-learning has its challenges.
How have leading institutions pioneered the shift from offline to online classes? Clearly, they need to create a long-term vision, focusing on adaptability while keeping all stakeholders in mind. The Ken42 team interviewed the COO of Vijay Kiran Group of Institutions, Ms. SunaliniBenjamin