How COVID-19 Crisis is Reshaping the Higher Education India

It has been more than a month since government officials have declared complete lockdown. This unplanned lockdown has started a ripple effect, affected every business sector.

The impact on the education sector has been more significant as academic schedules have come to a halt due to the suspension of classes for a longer period of time.

According to UNESCO, nationwide closures are impacting over 72% of the world’s student population

This national crisis is unfortunate, but it has given us an opportunity to step out of our comfort zone and think big.

Digitization – New Trend Awaiting for its Chance

Ironically, it took us a pandemic situation to understand and change the way we have been learning and studying. The age-old teaching techniques are no match to the present world of varied opportunities and upcoming technologies.

E-learning or online education has always been overlooked previously. But due to the crisis, educators are now exploring the benefits of online education.

With no idea on when the lockdown is lifted or how it’s after-effects will be, we believe online learning is a new way – to continue teaching and learning without any disruption.

Several college leaders and professors are stepping up to jointly create resources online, share best practices, rapidly train faculty in a mode of remote teaching they may never have done, and adapt to a constantly changing environment.

Online Education is the Future and Corona Pandemic is just making the future happen faster.

A Quick Glance Over Evolution of Online Learning

The concept of e-learning goes back to the 90’s – during this decade, it was a new trend and slowly starter emerging. As personal computers became more normal, e-learning has become simpler to access.

In the next years (2000 to 2005), e-learning has become even more popular because of technological developments that took place. In the span of five years, people have started investing in learning management systems.

But the next 5 years (from 2006 to 2010) has seen rapid development in the online education industry because of internet access and mobile internet. Other notable achievements during this period are library digitization, virtual worlds, online video learning, eBooks, mobile learning, and cloud computing.

Since 2011, online learning has seen some technological advancements which have simplified access to learning course creation. In today’s time, e-learning has become quite popular in the education sector. Some of the technological advancements seen in this time period are tablet computing, social learning platform, virtual classrooms, and several others.

Shifting to E-learning – Its Impact on Education Sector

To state the fact, this pandemic crisis has provided an opportunity to appreciate the potential of technology in terms of learning. Education stakeholders have been endorsing online classrooms so that learning doesn’t stop.

Many colleges and schools have initiated using learning management systems and online classroom sessions as mandatory to cope up with the syllabus during the crisis. Most of the colleges and universities are providing training to both students and teachers on how to use the technology to complete their educational goals.

This initiative has got an overwhelming experience from parents, teachers, and students. It helps to continue education without any distractions or interruptions. Till this pandemic effect is controlled, digital learning is the platform that bridges teachers and learners.

Which technologies are increasing the efficacy of online learning?

Video classes, virtual classrooms, social learning platforms, and learning management systems are some of the main technological tools that ease the process of online education.

They are specially designed and developed to helps teachers, students, and colleges to improve communication without each other, even if they are restricted to the home.

Byndr is a social learning platform that has been developed to bridge the gap between students and teachers.

What Can You Do with Byndr?

There are several features that are beneficial to continue education during the lockdown.

  • Students and teachers can interact with each other
  • Even students can collaborate with each other
  • Teachers can share study material, take assignments
  • They can also track performance and grade them
  • Educators can help students to improve their learning
  • And several others.

The future is going to be bright…

Lockdown has forced Indian education to adapt to new learning techniques and find its way in the digital age.

We hope this initiative is continued even after the lockdown is completed and everything returns to normal. This can surely take the education to the next level, encourage students in the right way, and lead them to successful outcomes.

Even with so many benefits and high momentum, the online classroom may not be a permanent alternative to classrooms. Sometimes, physical presence in a classroom can also teach students some ethics and teamwork.

If educational technological solutions like social learning platforms or learning management systems are combined with traditional classroom education, then it can surely help the students push their boundaries and become better in both professional and personal lives.

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