What our Prime Minister’s Campaign “ Digital India ”could not achieve , the Pandemic has done it. Covid-19 has led to the closure of schools , affecting the learning of around 230 million students. It started in the month of March, when the schools were shut down, but now owing to the present scenario there is no assurance when it would open again.
My Firsthand Experience
It was that time of the year, when my beautiful journey of two years in Institute of Management ,Nirma University was about to end in March , 2020.With just fifteen days left in hand for our final goodbye, we’re trying our level best to save our tears for the last days.Just then when the new of increase of cases started coming , we officially received the mail stating our journey have come to an halt, keeping in mind the seriousness of the issue. In a span of few seconds, the memories of last couple of years splashed in our minds. Everyone was shocked, as they ‘d no clue it would end like this. The feeling of not having been able to take the exams for probably the last time in our lives, didn’t sink much. However, the proverb, “Everything Happens For A Reason”, started making all the more sense when the number of cases started rising, while all of us had reached home safely. Had it not been for the strong decision of our College authorities , we would’ve bear the brunt.
Did The Pandemic Have A Positive Spin-Offs?
With everything on stake, Online education takes off the old saying “Learning Anywhere, Anytime”. Schools and Companies have switched to apps like Class Dojo, Zoom, Google Classroom which have made the learning experience convenient and flexible. Teacher’s at all point are making the full use of app like Whatsapp, YouTube for online tuition classes in order to reach out to students in their doorsteps. Machine learning has led to the calculation to data driven tools, which is why Multiple Choice Questions(MCQs) are preferred over Fill in the Blanks for the online test assessment. Apps like Dreambox makes students abide to the subject Mathematics, at their own pace and adapts itself to every child needs. Blended Learning will be the new cool nowadays. This would ensure transparency and openness in Academics.Collaborating teaching and learning would take new forms and would be monetized.
Let’s Have A Look At The Unfavourable Spill-Overs
The Pandemic have surely brought us to an unplanned situation, not been imagined in anyone’s worst nightmares. The students who were studying abroad in Universities of UK,US New Zealand, Canada had to suffer in terms of their invested money and time. Their careers are at stake. The cross-border movement have surely taken a hit for the next two days. Since in most of the Universities, students were specially from India and China, it would adversely effect them .In order for the education sector to have a digital revolution, it’s very important that the teachers and the students are ready to accept the change . Teacher’s refused to get used to the online methodology leading to Passive learners. Students who studied in Govt. Schools, are the worst affected as going to school is the best policy tool available to raise skills.
Covid-19 emergency has changed the teaching style been followed by generations. It’s time to reinvent ourselves and adopt ourselves to digital transformation .This upgradation to e-learning would not only cut the costs, risks and efforts , but would create the need for the educational sector to invest immediately in educational app development.