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Schools and other educational institutions across the world have witnessed a shift towards online learning as countries round the world are under a lockdown for over a month now thanks to coronavirus. India is not any different and therefore the country has a particularly scalable prospects for digital education, Nobelist Abhijit Banerjee told The Indian Express. “My prediction is that a lot of more people will now take online classes… One excellent news for people in India is that this type of education model is extremely scalable. What had constrained education so far is that the need for physical proximity,” he told the newspaper. While calling this shift a “forced one”, he said that it’s still a “good one”.
Explaining why online learning has changed the education scenario, the Indian-origin economist said that with classes logging on , someone in India can now take a course at MIT. “And once even MIT students start taking an equivalent classes, people won’t snigger that it’s a web course. That’s an enormous shift,” he said. He also said that if other prestigious institutions like Harvard, Stanford, IITs start having online classes also , the respect of online education will reach new heights. Abhijit Banerjee also runs a Master’s programme (in Data, Economics & Development Policy) with MIT which is half online.
Both online and schools are here to remain
The shift doesn’t necessarily mean that the normal ways of learning cannot exist within the presence of online. In fact, both online and offline are likely to remain . “I don’t think online education can replace schools because parents got to attend work,” Abhjit Banerjee said, adding that children need some quite monitoring. Also, schools also make sure that children get to socialize , learn to take a seat in one place, hear the teacher. However, within the coming future, teachers will probably combat the role of minders as schools put more learning material online.
The Covid-19 pandemic seems to possess heralded a replacement change in education systems across the planet . While digital learning has been the routine of execs looking to upskill in an increasingly automated world, e-learning found an area within the curricula of faculties and universities amid the lockdown to make sure academic continuity.
With many edtech platforms experiencing a big upsurge in learners in recent weeks, does that signal a replacement era for education in India as we all know it?
Perhaps not, as long as merely shifting pedagogic practices online amid prevailing challengings cannot function a long-term solution. Co-founder of edtech firm GreyAtom, Shweta Doshi, ably summarises it:
“While learning online has become inevitable, we’ll not achieve success until we understand that teaching online doesn’t mean taking the whole classroom on Zoom and continuing with an equivalent delivery approaches. this might be a subtle point, but has deep implications.”
What are the challenges stymying a more widespread adoption of online education in India? allow us to determine .
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Although e-learning can potentially enable many useful life skills, the lockdown has exposed the digital divide in Indian society. And not just students, many teachers also are facing the brunt of this and struggling to effectively relay information to their students, who also are grasping at straws to know .
“In a developing country like India, relevant infrastructure to support a complete overhaul of education online is inaccessible,” says Randhir Kumar, founding father of BasicFirst Learning. “In addition to lack of proper electricity and internet connectivity, many don’t have the financial resources to take a position in expensive tablets, laptops or PCs and are eventually left on their own to navigate through complex subjects and topics,” he adds.