Humanity has seen the face of the worst due to the Covid-19 pandemic with scores of people losing their loved ones across the globe to the virus. Lockdowns have become a normalised norm in a number of nations that has directly or indirectly affected individuals socially, mentally and economically. Several enterprises have severely slashed their workforces who have found themselves in a difficult situation. One major sector that has been majorly impacted is the education sector. From bustling school campus environments to a closed room to accommodate e-learning from their homes, giving up on privacy, being available to students at odd hours of the day and having to look over traditional means of teaching. On the other hand, students have seen a drastic change during the pandemic; adjusting and learning online from an active school set up to sitting at home in front of a screen is a hard phase to overcome. Having access to the Internet and a device to carry out the tasks is another major problem that most students still face to date.
The challenges may seem to outweigh the rest, but there are pros to the transformation from the ‘chalk and talk to click and create’ method, bringing about a brand new eco-system to education for teachers and students alike. It is the beginning of learning out of your comfort zone to adopt new educational technologies for a fast future that awaits us. Distance learning has made it necessary to bring in fundamental changes in the way educational institutions operate. Changing their modes of activities, coursework, celebrating special occasions of the institution or even hosting a ceremony is now possible with the help of digital technologies. The next stage of education is here knocking at our door and we need to acknowledge and welcome it with sustainable ways to paddle through these difficult times with the help of digital solutions for the advantage of the educational fraternity.
As a new educational year begins, parents and children fret about admissions and how they could make the most of what they have. Institutions on the other hand gather all information they can to emphasise on the programs and courses they offer to increase their student intake. Admission processes can be made exciting with various online campaigns to attract students. Educational institutions can also look at diversifying into different branches to multiply their revenue, which can be reversed and put back into campaigns that will bring in more crowds for their courses. The inculcation of new and modern methods executed by leaders of the educational institutions go a long way in driving the much needed message of change in the whole team of workers dedicated towards the same goal. A committee that focuses on points of action, setting task forces, deadlines to be met, monitoring and changing programs with the time could add as an asset to stay relevant as an institution in this fast paced world we
live in today. All of these steps reflect that bold actions lead to reliable results.
Transforming educational methods and materials takes careful time and energy, thus prioritising the changes needed and narrowing down to the last mile is essential. Each department will have an impact and needs to course correct to ensure the transformation has positioned seamlessly. Owing to the contactless admission process, parents and students need not worry about entering crowded halls or wait in lines of a school or university. The hassle free procedures online remove any apprehension with the educational institutions stepping in to confide and counter all complexities. Building a student centric approach for smooth functioning to accommodate needs of individuals is a critical factor for success. A humane approach towards handling the ever changing situations can be stressful and can be dealt with through support and counseling. A sense of community to feel connected is of utmost importance to make it similar to a classroom environment, this familiarity and interaction brings out the best in students rather than a monotonous one-way lecture.
The transition to online education is a major effort from both sides and the education sector has very little choices but to adopt the changes and act fast for constant improvising. Understanding what works and for who is at the basis of reformation that needs to be identified to bridge the gaps of online education. A thorough comprehension of policy makers, school authorities, students, parents, teachers and educational technology companies determine how education is being transformed due to the pandemic. Tailored content for students and teachers by closely studying student segments can help circumstances to rapidly change with the times. Thus, it is imperative to set up a structured and researched approach to ensure that educational institutions are able to bring about changes successfully. Experience in handling the education sector helps a lot in devising a sustainable roadmap for assured certainty in these uncertain times. Data driven success by making sure that accurate planning, definitive strategies and well-coordinated efforts are delivered without
going to waste.