Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, online classes started by several schools for the academic year 2020-21 have unnerved parents and students. The troubles that students faced earlier, such as being late or not wearing uniforms, are haunting them even as the classes go remotely.
Lack of technical knowledge has left many disturbed. Students were unable to focus as they didn’t know how to use a microphone and other technical options. This is the first time my child was attending such a class.
The infrastructure for online education in India — connectivity, platforms, and content, has been growing steadily since the 1990s. However, its spread is largely incumbent on Internet penetration through affordable data plans from the telecom sector.
Elets Technomedia and digitalLEARNING Magazine organized a webinar on From Pandemic Pedagogy to Planned Online Learning and Teaching with Dr. Marisha McAuliffe, Chief – Academics and Quality Systems, NSHM Knowledge Campus Kolkata, Durgapur.
During the webinar, Marisha said “You cannot compare western education context with Indian one. In Australia, there is a policy for everything. There are issues with India’s Higher Education but its developing very fast. The sector is discovering new things. Indian education sector is very versatile. “
She even said “India has adopted online education in this pandemic. It’s very commendable the way Indians are living in this pandemic. The western world must learn from India. India should not move completely to online education. Many have used blended learning. “
She also said schools must plan online teaching very carefully as it will have an impact on students.
The biggest challenge is to continue online classes as it has adverse effects on students, she said.
She said tacking goal is important for all of us and the academic world is truly beautiful and changing every time.
The pandemic is very challenging as institutions are struggling as they don’t know what to do. India has grappled the Corona issue. India is ahead of many western countries, she added.
She emphasized to create a mentor system for students in this pandemic.
Over exams, she said in exams we don’t have to monitor all the time. People will value each other and trust employees. Critical thinking, self designing will bring a new dimension to the sector.
She also said online teaching will never replace the physical schools. It’s just the crisis we have adopted but it will not go last. There is a paradigm shift in education. Now we are using different tools in our sector. Shift in assessment can be seen.