How Technology Made its Space in Education During the Pandemic

How Technology Made its Space in Education During the Pandemic

Abdul Nasir Ahmed Shaikh, Group CEO, Lexicon group of Institutes, Educrack & MultiFit, 0

The prevailing pandemic has compelled educational institutions to face numerous challenges, addressing important concerns for the future of education. Teachers have indeed been proposed to accept and adapt ‘emergency remote education’ during school closures, which is very dissimilar from scheduled practices such as distance education, e-learning, or b-learning, with very varied outcomes and the epiphany of vulnerabilities such as the digital divide, gross inequality, or social injustice. Whilst technology has always been there, the pandemic accelerated its acceptance and execution across the teaching fraternity and the parent-student community.

The term ‘new normal’ became one of the most used words in the aftermath of the pandemic. The enhanced use of online tools is the new normal in education. The COVID-19 pandemic has urged new ways of learning. Academic institutions all over the world are turning to online learning platforms to help them continue the cycle of educating students. The new normal is a changed concept of education, with hybrid learning at its heart.

Digital technologies have been having a major effect on socio-economic development, altering the way we work, interact, participate in social activities, and have fun. They also spur innovation in a variety of fields. The populace's level of digital literacy has a massive effect on technology's ground-breaking capability. None of us can undermine the fact that there is a strong correlation between education and skills and the adaptation and the use of communications technology. It is impossible to overestimate the value of skills and education in stimulating innovation.

Proposals show that decorum can be retained by closely monitoring students, establishing basic rules for online interaction, mentoring, and corrective matters. According to students, online learning has a limited attention span compared to face-to-face sessions, which is backed by the literature. It can be addressed by implementing constructivist learning pedagogies, giving relatively short lectures, and vastly increasing teacher-student interaction through experiential and application-based activities and learnings.

Faculty members concluded that online learning aided in ensuring remote learning, that it had been manageable, and that students could easily access teachers as well as educational materials. Distances were eliminated and renowned faculty and mentors became accessible to the learners, whittling down the use of travel assets and other costs. It facilitated administrative duties such as lecture record keeping and attendance tracking. During the lockdown, both teachers and students felt that web-based learning modalities urged student-centeredness. The students had evolved into self-directed learners, learning sequentially at any time of day.

Education advancement aims to bridge the performance gap by disseminating new tools, practices, organizations,
and technology. The pandemic has transformed educational-based scientific research to support the implementation of a body of practical technological learning expertise or/and to enhance classroom practices. Technology-mediated teaching and learning necessitate consciousness, goal setting, and a methodical effort, as well as learners' identity learning and organizational skills. These prerequisites stem in part from social exclusion and a lack of direct social contact, which implies that the student must be relatively motivated to ameliorate this effect.

Digital learning has now emerged as a critical tool for students and educational institutions all over the world. For so many educational institutions, it is a completely new teaching method that they've had to adapt to

During the university lockdown, the assumption was that these young students would have no trouble transitioning to online learning, which has been affirmed by the findings. According to studies, there are innumerable and obvious benefits to time-shifted higher education universities to the virtual world: free sharing of information, connecting directly to lectures at meetings that used to require significant travel costs, webinars as well as online discussions, a decrease in time-inefficiency associated with travel, and commitment. Recognize negative effects, such as learning at home being ineffective due to numerous interruptions, a lack of an adequate educational environment, or communicating directly with the teacher.

However, fewer problems have been found in switching to online teaching. Still, on the negative side, technical problems, as well as lack of communication and cooperation hitches to concentrate, long screen-time, dearth of logistical set-up, non-physical presence, more workload, the loss of lab courses, and the general restraint of information technology in social contact, have been pointed out as important during the crisis.

Regular two-way communication has been shown in studies to improve consciousness and motivation. Interactions between the facilitator and the learner, as well as the study material, and also personal and psychological support, are critical aspects of successful learning. Internet connectivity issues hampered online learning as well; however, simply upgrading your internet package/speed will help resolve this. The administration should also take immediate action, and telecom companies should invest in expanding 4G services across the country. The ease of participation in class, time savings, home comfort, the ability to learn, new competencies, attending, and learning flexibility are all positive characteristics.

Digital learning has now emerged as a critical tool for students and educational institutions all over the world. For so many educational institutions, it is a completely new teaching method that they've had to adapt to. Online learning is now used to teach students not only academics but also extracurricular activities programs. The popularity of digital learning has improved exponentially in recent months, and it will continue to do so in the future.