Did coronavirus open The Doors For Online Education In India?

The time couldn’t be any better for the launch of online education in India on a massive scale. Earlier, the schools in India focused on traditional academic skills and on the traditional whiteboard approach to deal with education and retaining knowledge, rather than on skills such as critical thinking and adaptability, which will be more important for success in the future.

The Covid-19 pandemic massively hit the educational sector since there was a lockdown from midnight of 23rd march, 2020, which led to the closures of all the schools in the nation, leaving millions of teachers, administrators, and students at the mercy of online learning.

 The digital medium e-Learning offers various advantages, including the attributes and endowments of individual learning. Besides, the digital medium provides access to unlimited content and learning resources at the touch of a button, including the flexibility of operating from a non-physical learning environment. Schools have advanced digital resources to company online learning and ensure that those platforms are utilized to their fullest i.e., digitized textbook, PowerPoint presentations, videos, imagery, interactive sessions, and YouTube videos.

Indian school education is standardized by prescribing the curriculum, the use of textbooks, fixing the scholastic calendars, and above all, it encourages rote learning. Conduction of examinations to evaluate student’s retention capacity. After exams, students tend to forget what was taught. With online learning, from different tools and techniques, audio-visual content, content is retained more, a wide variety of content provided online which can be extra content on the topic to certification to the degree of the same. Promotes social distancing which is the need of the hour. 

 With the reforms of New Education Policy 2020, pilot studies for online education, agencies like NETF, CIET, NIOS, IGNOU, IITs, NITs, etc. Digital infrastructure, online teaching platforms, and tools, online assessment, and examinations with PARAKH, NTA, school boards, etc. While promoting blended models of learning and with government initiatives to go digitized to drive adoption of online education such as SWAYAM, E-Basta, Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RSMA), Skill India, and Digital India. This will enable the infrastructure needed by students to study online.

With software like School ERP (Enterprise Resource Planner)/School Management System, which acts as a package for the central dashboard as it comes with automation and integration of both academic and administrative functions for the principals, management, directors, accountants, teachers, and parents. It improves the efficiency of school management, the working speed of stakeholders and automates operations of the school management 

With Admin Portal, Director Portal/App, Teacher App, Parent App, Reception Portal, Accounts Portal, Visitors app. And many more features.

Coronavirus came as a jolt to wake up the education industry in India. It has forced many schools to go online, whether it is just for the management of the schools where they need to use School Management software or if it is for teaching students online with live classes and a complete testing platform enabled Learning Management Systems. Schools have adapted to the latest technology, including the teachers, students, and parents. Most of the countries have become accustomed to it, while some are still struggling to have a smartphone. But rest assured the country will grow, we have taken the first step towards digital learning, and let’s hope it does not stop here and goes a long way even after the virus is gone.

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