Global Exposure inside the Virtual Classroom-Benefits & Risks
The post covid lockdowns have forced the schools, colleges and other educational institutions to shift to conventional education thereby changing the mode of teaching, thus calling for a changed management pattern of the overall education system across the globe. During the pandemic online education has gone formal. Schools have moved their core courses online and regulators globally have readily legitimized online classes.
The online mode of education has proved itself as a resilient education delivery model. Though definitely technology cannot replicate the emotional richness of the in-person interaction, but it has indeed facilitated adequate intellectual connections with dispersed students. Today’s students know how to use digital tools and infrastructure and are able to structure and operate networks of virtual autonomous teams on various virtual portals. In the long run they have learned to lead remotely in the new normal.
Both government and private organizations are trying their best to assist by sprucing up their existing online platforms, apps and providing training to teachers to use these apps and platforms to help the students to make a smooth transition to the virtual world. Up skilling and motivating teachers to reframe lesson plans and teaching strategies, organizing counselling sessions for the shareholders such as teachers, parents and students are some of the important measures taken by the school administrations .
Making a scaffolding effort to provide customized teaching-learning materials suitable for online classes is another way of facilitating the schooling of children. The Central government has also recently launched the PM e-VIDYA platform, with 12 new DTH channels, one for each class to reach out to the masses. These efforts have proved beneficial to a decent bushel of the school-going population. However, this unorthodox medium has also brought forward some stark persistent brass tacks of social inequalities in terms of availability of resources, essential to accessibility of these online classes/platforms.
These digital initiatives are still preserving the predominance of elite schools over the prevailing public education system, resulting in the digital divide between rural and urban and rich and poor. But whatever be the concurrent situation no one can deny that digitalization has indeed led to the growth in the demands for tech savvy student communities across the world.