Mar - 31 , Prof. Dr R. K. Gupta
Online Education played an influential role in the period of Pandemic disease spread (COVID-19) within our country. This mode of teaching saved our students from wasting time in this unwanted situation. Schools, Colleges, Institutions, and Universities carried out their academic activity online during this period of havoc. Online teaching proved to be a good alternative in this era of Pandemic disease. Now a question arises, how we can provide uniform and effective online education in India? The answer to the above question lies in working in the following areas:
If we need to promote online education, we have to ensure that students are equipped with Laptops/Desktops/Smart Phones/Tablets etc., for the mode of study. The upper and middle classes might be able to afford the gadgets, but what about the poor? The government will have to ensure that devices are provided to the economically weaker section free of cost. Though some states have taken the initiative, it needs at National Level.
Academic Institutions will have to purchase the necessary software that is easy and efficient to operate. Free, open-source platforms are available, but those have limited functionality. Proprietary software will be used for delivering online lectures. Online examinations may also be conducted using the software.
If we need to promote online education, we have to ensure that students are equipped with Laptops/Desktops/Smart Phones/Tablets etc., for the mode of study. The upper and middle classes might be able to afford the gadgets, but what about the poor?
For online and digital transformation, infrastructural resources are a must. From copper cables to fibre optics and fibre optics to satellite links, all are to be updated to provide the Internet speed that caters to the need of this digital revolution.
Enhancing Pedagogy for teachers:
The teaching pedagogy is to be improvised for the entire community of teachers. Well-trained trainers will be needed in this area of concern. Teachers must be equipped with the hardware, software, and infrastructural resources to deliver their best in this online teaching and learning model.
Understanding the health hazards:
Apart from all the technological benefits, we would also need to understand the health hazards of this online revolution. The impact of long hours of teaching and learning on the eyes and minds of people is to be taken into consideration. Technology must act as a help rather than a health issue. Blended mode education will prove to be a practical choice in this capacity. Education is not single-day learning; it is a lifelong learning opportunity to evolve. So, grow yourself slowly and steadily by considering all the benefits and drawbacks of this online exploration.
"EDUCATION IS OUR PASSPORT TO THE FUTURE, FOR TOMORROW BELONGS TO THE PEOPLE WHO PREPARE FOR IT TODAY"
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