Digital Acceleration Of Education System In Post COVID World

COVID-19 has accelerated the shift towards higher automation, in a world that was already venturing into digital outlets.

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the Indian education industry drastically. Almost every university, college, and school were enforced to adopt virtual teaching models to impart education. Additionally, the students had to adapt to new learning models on digital devices. It was completely unpredictable that the traditional education industry will face a paradigm shift to digital teaching models.

Companies that had invested in digital operations are currently reaping the fruits of giving an unconventional method a shot. Adopting new-age technologies and the emergence of innovative ed-tech startups have accelerated the slow-paced centuries-old education model. The academic year 2020 acted as a catalyst for change in which education institutions worldwide adopted innovative solutions to ensure highly interactive and engaging LIVE classes. A quick deep dive in the current education landscape would reveal some important observations as follows:

The epidemic of action

In light of the disastrous pandemic where education centres were forced to be shut down, educational institutions and teachers across the world began to transfer their work from classrooms and lecture halls to digital platforms, almost overnight. This quickly became a window of opportunity for digital-learning and teaching platform providers. Furthermore, the pandemic has made everyone realize the constant need for adopting digital infrastructure across all levels to live in a safe environment.

The era of accelerated EdTech

Led push of digital India movement, technological development in India especially got fresh wings, clubbed with some geographical confrontations pushed intelligent minds to make in India and be self-dependent, this clubbed with a sudden outbreak of pandemic acted as a required catalyst to accelerate the growth of EdTech industry in India. Being one of the most promising economies in south-east Asia also shows how other countries beat the COVID woes using technology and innovation. The rise of ed-tech startups has only done well to the education system, helping countless students, teachers, and parents. These providers have saved the entire education system, single-handedly – without which, who knows the kind of standstill this industry would have witnessed. Now that the number of coronavirus cases is significantly declining, the authorities have started gearing up for designing a blended approach for education delivery. It is expected that the unique mix of the physical and virtual classroom is going to benefit the students and institutions with extreme flexibility. Additionally, the ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach will be discarded with the adoption of Artificial Intelligence resulting in a personalized learning experience.

Revival of ICT

From business people to tech experts, it has always been believed that Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is a magic bullet that improves teaching and learning. It is a great tool that disciplines students by imbibing workforce and education ethics while enhancing harmony between the education sector and larger societies. ICT is considered one of the factors that attributed to the recent digital acceleration of the education system.

Shift towards digital employment

COVID-19 has accelerated the shift towards higher automation, in a world that was already venturing into digital outlets. Some would believe that this hampers the traditional employment scale, but it opens new windows to digital labour if you closely look at it. From digital bots to new tech vacancies, the education sector is seeing a lot in terms of employment. While the requirement for manual work may reduce, digital work will continue to accelerate.

Redefining the role of teachers

The teachers are big knowledge holders for schools and students. But the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic has made them realize that their methodologies and approaches are not going to fit in the present or post-pandemic world. The information is readily available to students in a single click on their phones, tablets, and PCs. This calls for a significant change in the teacher’s role to support student’s development and learning to contribute to society’s upliftment. The skills such as resilience, adaptability, emotional intelligence, entrepreneurial skills, creative, and critical thinking will be crucial for students to stay ahead in life, and teachers will play a significant role in the learners’ development.

There is yet a lot to unravel. This acceleration has digitally-driven the education system beyond the COVID-19 hurdle. It is imperative to believe that the education system is no longer expected to go back into the pre-pandemic era. The institutions will re-strategize their learning approaches to fit into the new normal.

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