Wednesday, 28 September, 2022

Digital education: the New Normal


The internet provides equal access  to economic oppurtunities,education ,and social connection .the complexity pace of change and user expectation (both educators and  pupils )are rising. Amid corona virus breakdown schools and colleges have resumed education through online over internet; so can we say that digital education is the new normal

digital education is fixing education system in India.

  • Digital education is making its way into the education system of India and is taking the place of the traditional classroom training.
  • Its more than bunch of students sitting in classroom copying notes from blackboard teachers using chalks to write on backboards
  • Solving the problem of limited access to education now a student can learn from any part of the world while sitting  at home even at the times that suits them remedial classes in on-campus computer labs or even by enrolling in full-time online schools, public or private.
  • It has also helped students gain education beyond boundaries.
  • A student who needs extra help on a particular topic need not hold up the entire class, or feel embarrassed asking for that help, when there are computer modules and tablet apps available for individual learning experiences.
  • if a school does not have the resources to send students on field trips, they can opt for web seminars related to their course work. Conducting online seminars and webinars, enabling all students to engage in commenting and participating in questionnaires can help them stay alert. It is very vital that students engage in seminars and the lectures involve two-way communication.
  • With the internet, it has become possible for students to communicate with students from other parts of the world. This makes it really easy to learn foreign languages and expand the exposure of young minds. Video conferencing is a boon to students who want to communicate or meet with their global counterparts.

Is digital education the magic wand to all problems?

Digital education has made students addicted to screens

  • Right from kindergarten, children are being exposed to screens both at school and home. Take for example international schools that have smart boards (interactive whiteboards with internet access) in classrooms or require senior students to do coursework on laptops. Academicians, too, say that it’s imperative to use technology in classrooms to enhance learning.

E-Learning can cause social Isolation

  • The E-Learning methods currently practiced in education tend to make participating students undergo contemplation, remoteness and a lack of interaction. As a result, many of the students and teachers who inevitably spend much of their time online can start experiencing signs of social isolation, due to the lack of human communication in their lives. Social isolation coupled with a lack of communication often leads to several mental health issues such as heightened stress, anxiety, and negative thoughts.

Lack of communicational skill development in online students

  • E-Learning methods are proven to be highly effective at improving the academic knowledge of the students. However, developing the communicational skills of the students is an area often neglected during online lessons. Due to the lack of face-to-face communication between peers, students and teachers in an online setting, the students might find that they are unable to work effectively in a team setting. Neglecting the communicational skills of the students will inevitably lead to many graduates who excel in theoretical knowledge, but who fail to pass their knowledge on to others.

Cheating prevention during online assessments is complicated

  • Unfortunately, one of the biggest disadvantages of E-Learning continues to be cheating through various methods. Compared to on-campus students, online students can cheat on assessments more easily as they take assessments in their own environment and while using their personal computer. The students cannot be directly observed during assessments without a video feed, making cheat detection during online assessments more complicated than for traditional testing procedures. Additionally, without a proper identity verification system in place, students taking online assessments might be able to let a third party take the assessment instead of themselves, resulting in a wholly fraudulent test result.

CONNECTIVITY PROBLEMS IN VILLAGES

  • Having access to fast internet connections and computers isn’t

found in every part of India especially in villages and remote areas

  • No amounts of online lectures can substitute an autopsy for medical students or real-life industrial training for a budding engineer
  • lack of pressure is a disadvantage in the sense that it causes students to abandon their studies more easily. Constant nudging by professors may be undesirable for many, but it’s an effective method for improving student retention

Why Digital Education is the Future of Learning in India

 THE education on the go is a new reality, the moot question is whether Indian educational institutions and above all Indian teachers, who have been following the traditional classroom method and using smart classrooms more as a fad, are willing to take that big leap?

 If so, the biggest and foremost challenge is the Training of Trainers or teachers. It’s a great

Challenge because teachers aren’t aware of the technology.

Government institutions such as Consortium of Educational Communication, National Institute of Open School and distance learning universities such as IGNOU are also promoting online learning including MOOCS and Swayam digital and audio-visual platforms

the penetration of digital education into the hinterland / rural market is evolving fast. Affordable high-speed internet and direct-to-device technologies are empowering rural students to study courses online and improve their skills and knowledge.

Blogger Name: Garima Gupta

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