New Trends in Education Sector
The year 2020 was the most challenging year not only for education but for the entire global economy. However, every new challenge gives rise to new ways & practices as we try to overcome it; we learn from it and adapt to the new normal. The changes or advancements we are seeing today especially in the Indian education sector are much needed, and the change is well assisted by technological advancements. The developments happening in the technology side of education are here to stay and that is why one should adapt to the change as quickly as possible.
During the pandemic situation, all stakeholders of the system came together, experimented, and found sustainable solutions to various challenges. The stakeholder communities such as students, admins, teachers, technocrats, and the Government rose to the occasion and adjusted to the apparent changes.
As the chaotic year has ended and the normalcy is creeping in, it is now time to look forward and focus on the trends that will shape the future of education. From advancements in technology in education to blended learning, lets us look at some of the noteworthy trends we can expect in the education sector in 2021.
Technology in Education
Digital platforms like Zoom, Google meet, Webex, etc. have made the delivery of education easier. Teachers and students have adapted to the technology swiftly. The trend of digital teaching & learning is here to stay for long. Due to remote learning options, students are adapting to individual learning. This has called for a change in teaching methods and paying attention to students on a one-to-one basis.
Hybrid learning is an educational model where some students attend class in-person, while others join the class virtually from home. Educators teach remote and in-person students at the same time using tools like video conferencing hardware and software.
Speaking at ThePrint’s ‘Safe and Sound’ series, on the education system during Covid-19, Bhushan Patwardhan, Vice Chairman, University Grants Commission, said, “Future universities will have to adjust to the new changes, we have no choice but to adjust with the technological advancements. We cannot go back to the original concept of classroom-only learning.’
Dr Ameeta Wattal, Principal, Springdales School, Delhi, agreed with Bhushan Patwardhan and talked about the role of blended learning in schools. “Learning is going to be very different now… blended learning mode is there to stay in a variety of forms. There will be some teachers who will teach students online from home and some others who will take physical classes. Also, for board classes, schools will have to start real-time assessments in the form of pre-boards. So, these are all the changes which have been brought in the teaching-learning and are here to stay,” said Dr Wattal.
Modern-day schools have practiced project-based learning and in the new EdTech tools, Learning Management Systems have provided the right platform for students to collaborate and brainstorm remotely. It reduces the overall project time as well. The technology has provided a new dimension to project-based learning.
Professional development of teachers
The use of technology in remote teaching though was a sudden change to which teachers and schools had to adapt, our teachers have put in extra efforts to learn technology and are adapting to the change along with students and schools.
The drastic changes in the education sector are just the beginning. The technology at one end and the revolutionary New Education Policy (NEP) at the other end have introduced positive changes in the education sector to transform itself for the better future of Indian Education. After all, as every change goes through challenges, one can see the bright spot soon. India with its demographic strength will be a new force in Education in the years to come.
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