Changing Scenario of Education- Online learning the new normal

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the scenario of education forever. As a result, education has changed dramatically, with the distinctive rise of e-learning. Teaching is now understandably undertaken remotely and on digital platforms .During the time of COVID-19; all educators are looking for a distinct approach of learning. Online teaching and learning is going to be more regular and teachers must be prepared to teach online. Online learning is not new. What is new is that colleges are embracing it as vital to how the next generations of learners are taught.

Education didn’t stop during lockdown. Instead, it moved online. Schools and colleges adopted a wide range of virtual learning tools and software, including virtual tutoring platforms and learning management systems. In a world where disasters and disruptions are increasingly becoming the new normal it is imperative for colleges and universities to train teachers.  They should not only be able to teach online and devote their time but take it as a drill mechanism to prepare for unexpected events. The biggest challenge for colleges transitioning to online learning is the widening inequality of access to and usage of information and communications technology (ICT).To bridge this digital divide, efforts must be devoted to developing long-distance and offline multimedia teaching modes and learning systems that can allow users to study courses using their personal computers, as well as allow faculty to track and record their learning. Hence online education will not be a priority but also acknowledged as core to every colleges strategic plan for institutional resilience and academic continuity.

The effects of a COVID-19 pandemic are still early to estimate throughout the world. This terrible time of fate has taught us that everything is unpredictable and we need to be ready to face challenges. There is a need to prioritize all the critical and challenging situations which may occur and plan accordingly. This pandemic has also taught us that students must possess certain skills such as skills of problem-solving, critical thinking, and most importantly adaptability to survive the crisis. Educational institutions must build resilience in their systems to ensure and prioritize the presence of these skills in their students. Though it becomes madness to compare with life, the education industry is one of the most important sectors which are connected with startup, growth, and prosperity of hundreds of thousand children and youth.

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