Online Education in India

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The pandemic of COVID-19 has an enormous impact globally by causing millions of people to death. Countries have enforced lockdown to control the spread of COVID-19.

The epidemic of coronavirus is drastically affecting the world economic growth to downgrades which has not encountered in a century.

Though mankind is fighting against the coronavirus, the disease terribly hit the individual life of humans. The people of all age gets affected to run for their life.

The sufferings of lockdown make the people work from home on one end and lose their jobs on the other end.

 In India, the education system has shaken because of lockdown, by kicking off the schools and college to experience for online classes.

In this blog, we can see how the e-education in India has coping up during lockdown in the curriculum of teaching.

The Preamble of the New Academic Year:

The effect of coronavirus has also made a remarkable remembrance for the students to have all-pass in their annual exams.

The skipping of schools and colleges to reopens after the summer vacation shift the education planner to virtual mode.

It is a challenging process for the educationalist and the Institutions to lever the classes online with the subject preparation, handling the students via on-screen, and usage of technology.

The teachers and students have to mock up with digital education, as millions of children take online classes globally, including India.

In this digital battle, the instructor and the parents have to overwork themselves to unlock the education given to their pupils and children by providing amenities for e-learning.

Pinch-Hitter for classroom classes:

Since the entire nation is under lockdown at the end of March 2020, the private and public sectors of schools and colleges struggling to start the new curriculum for the students.

Though the online class is not an occurrence, it is adjustive learning to engage with the students for enrolling in virtual education.

The Institutions have to arrange for setting up accounts in various online conference platforms like Zoom, Google classroom, GoTo meeting, etc.

Students with online classes via zoom, zoom online classes

Apart from the online classes, the government turns to broadcast the lessons via TV channels, and the educational apps also widely used to teach for the pupils at any time.

Educator and the Virtual Class:

The outbreak of COVID-19 becomes a nightmare for the educators to adopt the online class and the handling of materials associated with it.

Teachers and professors are expertise in handling classroom classes of over 100+ students at a time for three to four decades.

In physical learning space, they interact with the students to monitor their presence and give lively classroom notes.

They have the freedom to teach and complete the lessons as per the schedule prepared for every academic year.

Gear-Up for electronic teaching:

As the lockdown is likely to span the end of the schools and colleges for one year, most of the teachers lost their jobs.

Because of this crisis, many institutions find it difficult to pay salaries to their staff.

A revolution in teaching for the entire nation has to speed up the changes and challenges in education.

teachers taking online classes

The course of study for the upcoming year also planned for the virtual classes by reducing the syllabus.

teachers in online classes

Considering the tutees, their mental state, and the parent’s concern about the education of their kids, the preceptor, and the Indian education lifted a solution for electronic teaching as a gateway to connect the teachers and the students.

A new re-forms of learning:

The novel coronavirus has made everyone to experience world-changing, economic suffering, and many governments have issued complete shutdowns to stay-at-home across worldwide.

The pandemic of the coronavirus in India made an outcome to explore new re-forms of learning through online classes to educate the students in urban and rural areas to make sure no students left to get their education without hassle-free.

Explore to Virtual Classroom:

The technology in this digital world connects any age person to experience lively and gets what we want from where we are.

The internet plays a vital part in technology, and in the lockdown, the number of daily users increased rapidly.

Similar to a physical classroom, students and course instructors should consider online classes are an additional level of development.

Many schools and colleges will undergo online classes for the first time, and subject staffs who may find it difficult on how to use the device.

It is hard to accept the change in the education system, although the change can bring a fresh transform in teaching.

SWOT for e-learning:

i) Strength:

With this online classroom, the teachers and the students can join their classes remotely through the internet.

online classes for students, e-learning

Participants can closely monitor and can keep track of their presence.

They organize the classes based on the schedule that does not exceed 2-4 hours from grades 1 to 12.

The lower and primary classes have fewer hours and for higher secondary have most hours with 30 to 40 minutes per subject.

The instructor can interact with the person/s and can contribute their work in the discussions with no peer interaction will interrupt.

The digital study materials prepared and used as a substitute for books.

The online environment engages the learners to keep them busy with classes, assignments, online tests, and meeting their friends as Back to School.

ii) Weakness:

The biggest challenge in the online programme is to exercise with technology. The educators must learn the controls & operations of a device and instruct the listeners accordingly in the online classroom. 

training for teachers for online class

Mentors cannot monitor students’ facial expressions and their body language or any distraction, to repeat the concept or material in the middle of the lecture and requires attendees to be an active listener to follow the flows during classes.  

parents helping kids for online class

Children may feel isolated during e-learning, and parents need to assist their wards to kick-start the sessions, writing the notes, assignment, and assessment during on-screen and off-screen hours.

The teachers and professors have workloads in preparing the course materials to give quality teaching the same given in the physical classroom for the audience.  

The tutors and the tutees may find it difficult to engage the doubts session during the live classes. The pupils involvement will be lessor in the discussion.

Different classes have different ways of doubts sessions. If the online forum has many participants, it is tough for the faculty to pay individual attention. or else they need a conclave.

In the chalk-and-talk classroom, a professor writes on the board and makes the students take notes. It will be notified by the faculty simultaneously, whether the audience is taking the notes.

In online classes, when the material is shared or explained, it is tough for the preceptor to check the notes which has written properly.

The next major problem is internet connections. Frequent disconnections and lack of poor-signals often distract the participants and the speaker during the class.

poor signal during online class, internet disconnection

iii) The Opportunity for Online Education:

The traditional classroom is changing, makes everyone to enter a new era in learning.

Google announced new initiatives for driving education in India, by providing Software of G Suite for Education, which includes Google sheets, doc, and more for teachers to give assignments and more.

iv) Threats:

Privacy control of the E-classroom should keep up with the teachers to avoid students falling into cyber-bullying, harassment, or abuse.

The on-screen classes can cause eye-problems to the instructors and listeners because of long time exposure to the device.

Take Care of YOUR EYES:

Agarwal Eye Hospital doctors suggested a simple “20-20-20” rule while working or attending online classes. It is every 20 minutes people should take a break away from the screen for 20 seconds and look for an object that is 20 feet away to overcome Computer Vision Syndrome.

b) Reshaping Traditional Classroom to the next level:

India has made ways for school students who do not have any facilities for gadgets, the internet, and lives in remote areas to get their education.

Induction to Online classes through TV Channel:

The Govt has launched to broadcast digital learning through TV channels.

 Many counties of India started the programme PM E-Vidya, First Bell, and many more as an initiative for digital education.

Students, who don’t have an electronic device, and internet facility at home, utilize the TV channels for e-learning.

Attendees keep up their social distancing if over 1+ member wants to join for a class in one place.

online class through TV channel, First Bell

This start-up makes a notable series for school students.

First Bell, Students take online class through TV channel, e-learning

From now on legacy media is not just for entertainment, and a magnificent tool for learning.

No digital communications – But only with Loud and clear

Amid Covid-19 has made odds to learn for the students in the village and remote areas who don’t have any media to get their classes online.

Their parents who work for daily wages cannot afford their needs, struggle to run their family and life.

Teachers from those areas come out with innovation to deliver education to the students in the form of loudspeakers and microphones.

The audio will play slowly, along with the speaker’s explanation over the mike, and the audience takes their notes.

online classes through loudspeakers in villages, Innovative way of E-learning

This method of teaching is to grapple against the new system of virtual learning and endeavour to switch for the noble initiative.

The App Way of Learning:   

As technology is growing up in all the sectors, the education system boosts to a smart way of learning through Smartphones.

Many educational apps have launched to educate the students through ground-breaking ways.

e-learning platforms, educational apps

It helps the pupils to learn new methods of teaching, grab the attention of students through the concepts, and app- learning is an entertainment tool of learning to utilize their quality time of hours at any time in any place.

The current situation is unexpected, and many industries across the country trying their way best to uplift the economy.

In the education industry, digital learning is not a short-term process to conduct online classes and exams for students.

 It is the future of e-learning in India, which operate the education system to an advanced level of teaching.

The education planner needs to improve in the curriculum, with the institutions, teachers, and students get prepared to handle any odds of teaching in the future.

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