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Technology Harnessing for Good: Pandemic a Tripping Point for Education Sector

The coronavirus epidemic is currently wreaking havoc on everyone's lives. Lives have been lost, and the numbers are growing by the day.

There is no one on the planet who has been spared from the virus's ravages. Some people have lost their jobs, while others have lost family and friends. The school experience has been lost to children all around the world. It might not be all that awful, though. After all, there is a silver lining to every cloud. Though being the most devastating pandemic of the 20th century, COVID-19 has had a favorable impact on education.

The never-ending pandemic, one after another, has pushed forward the adoption of technology in all facets of life. From cash transactions to education, most of our world post pandemic seems to be moving toward digitization. Explore the Rethinking The Experience Of Technology Innovation In Education.

Positive Effect Of Covid-19 on Education System

The ongoing COVID-19 dilemma has provided an opportunity to reconsider the deeply ingrained classroom form of education, emphasizing the importance of online learning. It has leveled the playing field by allowing many stakeholders to collaborate and examine the gaps and flaws in the traditional paradigm.

 The COVID-19 problem has shaken the world economy, affecting every sector. To keep up with the times, several educational institutions had little choice but to embrace e-learning.

Due to widespread Internet connectivity, the proliferation of smartphones, and substantial technological advancements, e-learning has seen a surge in popularity in recent years. The current crisis could be viewed as a golden opportunity for online education.

A Tripping Point For Indian Education System:

Indian Education System though being the epicenter of the traditional education system over years lacked the implementation of online education. To easily integrate online learning into conventional education, the current pedagogy must be revamped. The advent of the pandemic and the shutdown of educational institutions swashed off online education in India. Although online education cannot replace classroom education because of the individualized nature of attention and face-to-face interactions, it is a useful adjunct to the traditional educational approach.

In India, the pandemic increased the use of digital technologies in education delivery. Institutions of higher learning have embraced blended learning and encouraged teachers and students to become more tech-savvy. Soft technology, the internet, webinars, virtual lecture rooms, teleconferencing, digital tests, and evaluations have become commonplace where we would have only characterized them a decade or more ago.

There was unprecedented collaboration among all educational stakeholders, including administration, teachers, students, parents, and businesses.

 With egalitarian access to education, e-learning transcended geographical limitations. It also allows for easy, rapid, on-the-go, and 24-hour access. Many ed-tech companies have taken advantage of this opportunity to provide students with engaging and interactive lessons. At the moment, e-learning appears to be a feasible option for filling the hole left by the disappearance of classroom learning.

Indian educational institutions acknowledging the challenges and are doing their best to provide smooth support services to students during the pandemic. The Indian education system now has the possibility to evolve from a traditional system into a modern one. The following factors could be considered favorable effects:

The Rise Of Blended Learning Methods

As a result of the epidemic, educators in schools, colleges, and universities have been pushed to adopt blended learning as the new normal. The combination of face-to-face delivery and online modules encouraged all instructors to adapt and integrate into the new normal. As a result, blended learning provided opportunities for curriculum developers to create higher-quality learning materials.

Learning Management Systems: A Booming Industry

Companies that developed learning management systems were regarded as niche before the pandemic since not much mainstream learning took place online. Its reach was primarily limited to professional education or those with superior financial resources. COVID's insistence on staying at home has changed everything.

Learning management systems have the ability to expand at breakneck speed. Companies in the sector that have previously built up a solid foundation over time will have an advantage. At the same time, fresh players may join the game, leveling the playing field. This could lower the cost of e-learning. This has another beneficial effect on education and industry.

Collaboration:

Paving The Way For A Positive Impact On Education:

Teaching and learning no longer have to be segregated and limited. The pandemic has provided an opportunity for students and teachers to collaborate regardless of region, socioeconomic status, or other considerations.

An Increase In The Use Of Learning Management Systems:

Learning management systems are in high demand among educational institutions. It provided a fantastic opportunity for businesses that have been creating and improving learning management systems for educational institutions.

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Enhance The Use Of Soft Copies Of Learning Materials:

Because students were unable to acquire hard copies of study materials during a lock down, most pupils rely on soft copy materials for reference.

Improvement In Collaborative Work:

 There is a new possibility for teaching and learning collaborations to take on new forms. Faculty/teachers from all around the world can collaborate to benefit from one another.

An Increase In Online Meetings:

Teleconferencing, virtual meetings, webinars, and e-conferencing prospects have exploded because of the pandemic.

Increased Digital Literacy: The pandemic crisis prompted people to understand and use digital technologies, leading to an increase in digital literacy.

Improve the use of electronic media for information sharing: Learning materials are easily shared among students, and related questions are answered via email, SMS, phone calls, and various social media platforms such as Whats-App or Facebook.

Global Exposure: Educators and students will have the opportunity to interact with peers from all around the world. Learners suited to a global environment.

Enhanced Time Management: During pandemics, students in online education are better able to manage their time.

Demand for Open and Distance Learning (ODL): During the epidemic, most students choose ODL since it supports self-learning and allows them to learn from a variety of resources while also tailoring their learning to their specific requirements.

Effect On Climate: Among the other beneficial legacy of the pandemic’s last five non-permanent benefits on climate are:

  1. A reduction in CO2 and other harmful pollutants;
  2. A decrease in crime (including homicide rates) and traffic accidents;
  3. A decrease in the use of paper. The use of PDF documents surged by 50% during the epidemic, according to Adobe Acrobat.
  4. improved on-time performance. There will be no more excuses for missing a meeting by citing the terrible traffic in most Latin American cities;
  5. Finally, the most significant benefit: improved family life. However, some participants in the Twitter conversation pointed out that this is a double-edged sword. Violence inside families has also increased.

The pandemic's long-term ramifications are yet unknown, but the fundamental line is that emergencies allow us to make decisions and enact policies that would be difficult in normal times. The biggest mistake would be to not use this opportunity to address issues that will have an impact on our future, such as a dramatic worsening in the budgetary position, the region's lack of competitiveness, and, most importantly, the elevated levels of informality.

While we are doing it, we can inject some hope into these complicated and trying times.

Is There A Beneficial Educational Impact?

According to a World Bank article, the epidemic will have a long-term negative influence on schooling. However, as shown above, there can also be a large positive effect.

We can make the best of the circumstances as a human race. We can enhance and innovate current pedagogy.

We conclude that, COVID-19 outbreak could be the 'tipping point' for educational reform in India. Some career friendly activities during quarantine helped academicians to keep up with the challenging environment of the pandemic.



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