The Coronavirus outbreak has created an alarming situation across the country. There is no sector which is unaffected. India’s education system has been hit, thus making students unable to follow their regular academic routines. In wake of this emergency and keeping the student safety in mind and their academic concerns, most of the institutes have taken the initiative to provide the facility of Digital modes like teleconferencing, Skype call, Zoom call and access to other virtual options to fill the gap of learning. The institutes are providing on-line training to their students and teachers to make use of technology to facilitate virtual classes and exchange of information and knowledge. Undoubtedly, this is a very crucial time for students, so the move is aimed at easing the pressure on students and helping them use their time profitably without compromising on the quality.
Many institutes are providing pre-recorded videos of lessons to students and conducting webinars as well. Ironically, it has taken the Covid-19 outbreak to get the whole education sector shift to digital mode. The education technology industry is taking the lead in increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of current practices and pedagogical change. The deployment of technology is opening up avenues of learning for students of all ages and flipping the traditional notion of classrooms education by breaking geographical barriers. Technology is leading a pedagogical change while addressing issues that affect learning, teaching and social functionalities. Technology can therefore, be seen as a tool, a catalyst for shift. Until pandemic is controlled, it is digital learning that will bridge the gap between teachers and learners.
Research Scholar, Jagan Institute of Management Studies