Since the COVID-19 Pandemic hit the world, every industry in the world had to adjust and find new ways to stay in business. Some of the most impacted industries include education. Education is something that has traditionally relied on a culture of classrooms, where teachers teach a bulk of students at one go. But due to the Pandemic, globally, all schools were shut, and billions of kids and college students were deprived of a classroom.
This traditional way is also the reason for the early introduction of kids to social settings and dynamics of a group. These values are carried forward to colleges where students learn a sense of community and how they factor in adult life.
However, the education industry has found a workaround for this COVID/Lockdown problem, i.e. online education. While online tutoring was already catching heat, replacing regular coaching institutes for additional studies, school and college curriculums were also forced to be conducted online due to the Pandemic.
Education has changed dramatically in the last year. Teaching and learning now both have started to be conducted from the comfort of everyone’s homes. This has given rise to a pros and cons list of how education has changed. Many parents who have paid a fortune in school or college fees are upset about the online class change and its effectiveness.
Getting along with this change in learning trend is problematic. But come to think of it, it is also cost-effective, effort-saving, and convenient when done right. Some changes in education might stay.
A hybridized version of digital learning has proven to be effective in some ways. But it also has a multitude of challenges to overcome. Most times, large-scale operations require live interaction through the distance between a teacher and many students. Strong internet bandwidth, lack of features and training can sometimes lead to a poor experience.
For younger students, it also means that they will be expected to maintain decorum and discipline in learning while staying at home and not being supervised by a professional teacher.
Students without healthy internet access will always find it challenging to catch up with everybody else. This problem persists more in countries where technological advancements are still happening. Another problem is the limitation of the economic bracket. Only students who come from homes that can afford computers and smartphones can be allowed the luxury of online education.
The convenience of online learning is unquestionable. Many kids are just happy not to wake up early, get ready and leave for school. Other than that, online lectures can be recorded and revisited. Some mediums have pre-recorded high-quality lessons, interactive study material, and lots of personalized options for people who struggle with specifics in a course.
From an institution’s point of view, this saves way more money than a brick-and-mortar place where you have to host many people. Moving forward, Digital Education can be a business that people can start from their bedrooms if they’re good enough. This gives many freelance teachers, instructors, and professors the to teach their trade to anyone in the world!
Skill Based Training
Besides regular academic education, there is also a highly significant rise in online course platforms like Udemy, Coursera, Skillshare, etc. These are platforms where you can learn specific skills from professionals around the world at low rates. These courses have certifications that will symbolize a hefty skill in your arsenal. Some platforms even help you acquire a proper degree or diplomas from reputed colleges around the world! During the Pandemic, such courses have been a trend that creates a lot of skilled workers ready to take on the corporate world.
With all its disadvantages aside, online learning is a revolution. In the future, it is almost certain that Digital Learning will be the way. Eventually, this way, education will be accessible to more people at a lower cost, both to the student and the institution. It also creates an environment of equal participation and allows students to have a highly customized experience to study precisely what they need and want.
*********This blog is compiled by Divyanshu Gupta*********