Post COVID Teaching and Learning

24 Jun, 2021 | Talentspire | No Comments

Post COVID Teaching and Learning

COVID-19 is a pandemic and people all over the world are anxiously waiting for the outcome. People are debating more on the economic aspects, though all the other factors are also equally important. Various countries have faced similar situations due to war or other natural calamities. But this time, it is the entire world, without any geographical barriers that suffer.

Can we expect normalcy soon? We are not sure. But even after the threat of COVID is over, we have to be very cautious and the lifestyle has to witness a sea change. As people seriously involved with education, we should seriously think, debate and formulate how the COVID-19 pandemic will alter the future of teaching and learning?

We are very much reluctant to changes and always try to believe that what worked yesterday will work today and also tomorrow. We may be waiting to see what others will do and try to copy the less risky model. But we can’t wait for others.

Those who change fast can win the race and take the lead. Let others learn from us.

  1. Online education is here to stay: Even though, we were talking about web based learning, it was only optional and majority were not fruitfully using the available resources on the internet. Now it becomes mandatory for all to use such resources. But definitely it cannot entirely replace the conventional education. So there has to be a judicious mix of conventional face to face teaching and ample use of web based resources. Here, proper selection and guidance by teachers and others concerned are very important. From the thousands of resources, we have to help the learners to find out the best and the most useful for them. It should be comprehensive and help them to assimilate all the key concepts lucidly. So in short blended learning is the order of the day.
  2. Learner centred to family centred learning: For a long time, we were saying that teaching should be learner centred rather than teacher centred. But now we are going to talk about family centred education. As more and more web based resources are used, most of the learning takes place at home and education becomes family centred. The support, guidance and intervention of family members become imperative here.
  3. Flipped classroom: The concept of flipped classroom was there for quite sometimes. But suddenly that becomes a reality. Most of the learning has to take place at their homes and the school becomes a place for more activity oriented learning. Now the teachers have to become more resourceful as they are going to encounter a set of empowered students. So apart from the text book, teachers have to find out relevant activities which will accelerate learning.
  4. Self-learning rather than spoon feeding: In this situation, right from the lower level students should be encouraged for self-learning. Self-learning brings self-confidence. This is the basic objective of education. Students can design their own problems and find out solutions for that. Then learning is mindful and they will never forget what they have learnt. Students will have self-confidence and they will be ready to take on the world.
  5. Presence of parents at home: In many cases, both parents are working and the school time and coaching classes are scheduled such that students will reach home according to the timing of the parents. But now since most of the time, the students are at home parents have to make arrangements accordingly.
  6. Start a study group: Learning in group is always better. So you should form a group of like minded people and should learn together. This can help the ones who are backward in some topics. Teaching a topic helps you in understanding that better. Your teachers also became experts by continuously teaching that topic.
  7. Peer group interaction: Schooling is not only studying. Man is a social being. So entertainment and social gatherings are very important. But the medical demands of the time will decide the level of socialising everybody can have. So schooling has to be designed according to these social norms.
  8. Online education and strategic planning: All schools apart from their classroom teaching has to plan for online teaching. But this becomes a waste in two ways. (i) The investment involved, the quality of software and hardware to be used, the efficiency of the stake holders all will decide the efficiency of the medium. (ii) The efficient use of the clients cannot be clearly monitored or ensured. The videos must be well structured and curated. So the better option will be to get the help of some experienced, socially committed groups to run the show for the schools. All schools replicating the same thing will be a waste. So the various schools can form a consortium, plan and impart training properly for a blended curriculum.
  9. Financial constraints: The ensuing financial collapse will affect the way in which managements and parents can spend money. These financial problems can lead to an imbalance in the pedagogic approaches, which eventually hamper the academic performance of all.

All adversities provide an opportunity and we can get hold of that opportunity. Let there be no digital divide, so that the marginalised are not further pushed beyond the borders. Let the policy makers think of giving all citizens the right education at the right time using the right technology.

Let us diligently face the post COVID situation with self confidence and provide our children with the best.

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