The conventional manner of teaching and learning was disrupted last academic year, and the attention abruptly turned to what is being taught and how, rather than when and where. Educators were compelled to go online due to the pandemic.
Many instructors and students found the adjustment challenging. Prior to the pandemic, e-learning had developed as a tool for education and was expanding at a sluggish rate of 15.4% globally, and now everyone was forced to go online with little time to think or acquire competence.
It was not simple for instructors and students to accept new teaching methods. As the environment of teaching shifted, it was much more than just transferring classroom curriculum to an online class.
It included a variety of effective learning options and techniques. It provided educators with a big opportunity all of a sudden. Those with foresight view this as a long-term trend, even as we transition to a classroom and face-to-face structure.
This has provided a chance for competent faculty members to demonstrate their teaching abilities through different social media channels, allowing them to go beyond the confines of their respective institutions. It also involves the capacity to teach without students and without making eye contact, which presents problems in creating engaging content and delivery to keep students interested.
Thus, the best survives and the other get an access to knowing what’s not acceptable helping the quick transitioning of the community.
On the other hand, the academic institutions see this as an opportunity to crowd source the content, curate the content and give the best to their students opening horizons for best in class to be available to many and the teacher to many institutions. This is also likely to bring in changes in policy framework confined to student-teacher ratio. Students have an opportunity to learn the same course from institution of his/her own choice and there is diversity in learning.
Online learning is bringing the education out of the rote learning that was earlier the norm. This is also the most opportune time to build inclusive and equitable education system through cellphone, television, radio and internet but not limiting it to these devices.
(This is a slightly modified version of an article originally published in Times of India. The original article can be found at https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/innovation-in-learning-is-new-order/articleshow/84987552.cms)