Contd from prev issue
The course of learning and the way curriculums taught may change. Learning in schools will have a new purpose, and it will be a major deviation from the information-focused education of today. Learning is the acquisition of knowledge, but it does not have to solely occur through age-old methods that do not utilise the highest potential of the brain. Instead of being taught, can students be given an experience that influences their learning? Approaches like integrated learning and experiential learning, with greater implementation of technology, will power the future of educations in school. In the face of a crippling COVID-19 pandemic, technology has emerged as a major lifesaver, communication is a major key to our interconnected existence, and technology is a driving force that maintains our connections.
The future of education will find no room to ignore the utilisation of technology since it may very well be the best platform to empower learning in an age that is integrating technology as a way of life. This certainly forced and unexpected move to remote leaning has not been easy. However, it can provide schools and institutions with an opportunity to experiment and innovate. Can this pandemic have transformed the centuries-old chalk-talk teaching model to one driven by technology? This disruption in the delivery of education is pushing policymakers to figure out how to drive engagement at scale while ensuring inclusive e-learning solutions and tackling the digital divide. The rare opportunity yet challenging for government, leaders, and stakeholders in education is to make large scale changes such as transportation, infrastructure, health, and education system as a potential target for reform. As our education system urgently needs to get along with the globalised education system of the world. It is important to reconsider the current delivery and pedagogical methods in school by seamlessly integration classrooms with e-learning modes to build a unified learning system. In this time of crisis, well-rounded and effective educational practice is what needed for the capacity-building of young minds. It will develop skills that will drive their employability, productivity, health, and well-being in the decades to come, and ensure the overall progress of our society. Perhaps, the world may never go back to what it was pre-pandemic. But we can count on it to adapt to the future, irrespective of what it holds.
About the writer:
University of Delhi & Former Research Associate Centre for Air Power Studies, New Delhi