Is surviving the ed-tech race after the start of the school year a challenge in itself?
Despite the overwhelming impacts of the pandemic, this global crisis has also been a time of incredible learning. The covid pandemic and subsequent lockdown motivated most schools to implement an innovative technology-based solution to create a relevant learning ecosystem for all its students. Schools during the pandemic have shifted to online learning to jump-start student education despite school closures. We now understand how flexible and resilient education systems, policy makers, teachers, students and families can be.
The trend in a post-pandemic scenario would be towards greater adoption of technology and systems so that schools can easily overcome disruptions while increasing their standards of learning outcomes.
Indian Edtech and offline companies have chosen a hybrid approach, mergers and collaborations to create a sustainable and long-term business model. The ed-tech industry will combine online and offline learning in the post-Covid period, as the omnichannel strategy will be more feasible in the long term. As a result, unicorns and education startups are targeting the hybrid model.
Although blended learning seems to be the most important option to ensure uninterrupted learning, it gives students the advantage of flexibility through online education and the ability to interact with their peers and mentors through offline learning.
The pandemic has highlighted the importance of critical learning
The Indian education system is traditional. We must therefore design a holistic program with job creation as the future objective. Education reforms should aim to make education more universal and inclusive. India needs to bring large-scale educational reforms, and leveraging digital technology to impart learning is crucial. Edtech startups, along with the offline mode of education, play an important role in the needed reforms in the education sector.
Focus on digitization through technological tools
Technological disruptions across the country have accomplished the daunting task that was previously unimaginable. Realizing that rapid growth depends on education at all levels, the government has put in place a new National Education Policy (NEP) emphasizing digitalization in addition to technology in education. It focuses on edtech for the pursuit of education, especially in rural areas. The government realized that technology had the power to reach small towns and villages and provide access to quality teachers. This would bring education to all parts of the country, especially to Tier 2 and Tier 3 towns and villages.
Technology isn’t the answer, but just like books, classrooms, and blackboards, tech tools can help teachers improve their skills, use them more effectively, and be accountable.
Focus on industry-ready students
The industry must make education more affordable and integrate research and innovation into its core. Preparing students for industry by assessing their skills and matching them to business needs is a top priority. So it’s time to reform the archaic and boring rote learning techniques that emphasize memorization more than a thorough understanding of the subject.
With these initiatives, education is likely to see a sea change in the coming years as the Indian government supports this rapid development and is eager to transform the country’s digital landscape. It is clear that e-learning is the future and will pave the way for advanced learning methods in education technology.
Need to reinvent learning using technology
Technology has enabled Indian teachers to adopt a multimodal approach to teaching that combines audio-visual media with textbooks and practical learning kits. For this reason, they can now provide learning solutions that meet international standards. Reintroducing learning through a hybrid model will help regain lost knowledge and ease the transition to the classroom. Technology can solve the education quality problem that concerns us all in affordable public and private schools.
The pandemic has shifted the importance of teachers
The epidemic has caused a change in two fundamental factors. First, pedagogical modifications have become crucial since traditional in-person classroom models do not work in remote learning settings. Teachers need to adapt their methods and be creative to keep students interested. Second, the pandemic has changed the way instructors divide their time between teaching, interacting with students, and administrative responsibilities. The pandemic has raised awareness of the need for adaptability and more time for student-teacher interactions.
Blended learning makes education more engaging and personalized
Improved flexibility is considered the main benefit of blended learning. Students are looking for options and the freedom to switch from in-person to remote learning, and this approach has completely changed the landscape of education. The concept of hybrid learning responds to the expectations of the educational system at several levels. It has radically transformed the landscape of education, making it all the more agile, flexible, personalized and engaging.
The author is the founder of SpeEdLabs.
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