In 2022, India needs new teaching techniques and a heavy digital curriculum

The education landscape in India has seen a tectonic shift in the past year with the impact of the pandemic and the devastating second wave that has hit closer to home. While schools and colleges across the country were suddenly deprived of the usual student chatter and in-person classroom lessons, India has embraced a new era of distance learning with remarkable speed and commitment. Curricula changed almost overnight, teachers upgraded and students adapted to the “new normal”.

What was once assumed to be a “quick fix” has become the norm for the past year and a half, and it looks like it’s here to stay with many educational institutions embracing the hybrid model. Thus, digital learning will continue to be the dominant trend heading into the new year, as well as learning gaps such as the effectiveness of assessments and the effectiveness of curriculum will occupy the front of the stage.

The education sector is at an inflection point and 2022 will see the accelerated adoption of edtech solutions as it forces us to challenge traditional methods, pedagogies and mindsets. The pandemic and the current hybrid model have already set the wheels in motion. The seamless integration of these solutions into existing print and classroom teaching methods will determine its future success in the Indian context.

WIDENING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE AND LEARNING GAPS

Although there has been a quantum leap in the impact and reach of digital education, access to the best content has not been inclusive. Digital content and teaching capabilities vary widely between private and public schools, putting public school students at a significant disadvantage. Additionally, the lack of quality vernacular content widens the gap between students in a few major metropolitan cities and those in smaller urban and rural communities. There is an urgent need for the education ecosystem to come together to close these gaps so that all learners can take advantage of the opportunity of digital learning on an equal footing.

MORE CUSTOMIZATION AND IMMERSIVE LEARNING EXPERIENCES

Technologies such as augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) were already on the rise, but the pandemic has accelerated the pace of their adoption. As classrooms transition to computer screens, there is greater demand for aids that enable better engagement and visualization of concepts. These aids help students immerse themselves in a more engaging learning environment that encourages them to explore more new concepts and better apply them in real-life situations.

Especially when it comes to higher education subjects such as medicine, design or even engineering, technologies such as virtual reality/augmented reality have been a blessing, with distance learning being the only mode of delivery. education throughout the pandemic. Given the global need for creative thinkers and problem solvers, India’s educational curriculum will need to evolve and embrace new technologies to stay current and relevant, to meet the expectations of our changing world.

NEW ASSESSMENT MODELS AND TECHNIQUES TO COMPLEMENT NUMERICALLY STRONG PROGRAMS

As India shifted to online education mode, there were and continue to be significant gaps in outcomes. As students gradually return to campuses and educational institutions establish a hybrid approach, the next few months will be critical in assessing the learning gaps created by the online model. A more personalized and personalized assessment model will be needed to assess individual students in the private and public school systems.

HELPING TEACHERS COPE IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT

While teachers have embraced a new way of teaching overnight with enormous resilience, there is a great need for regular, well-organized training programs and workshops to help them embrace the change. With virtual reality, augmented reality and artificial intelligence increasingly integrated into classrooms and regular curricula, we need to see a shift from refresher training to “lifelong competence” for teachers. .

MENTAL WELLNESS A PRIORITY IN THE DESIGN OF NEW PROGRAMS

The one thing that has become evident during the pandemic has been the impact of the blurred lines between our offline and online worlds on mental health. The importance of taking a ‘break’ has never been more relevant, and educational institutions are increasingly making mindful living and mental well-being a priority when designing programs for all groups. of age.

— Written by Sumanta Datta, Managing Director, India at Oxford University Press

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