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Can digital help reinvent education? – ET CIO : Shivpurinews.in

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By Dhrumil Dhakan

The traditional notions of education have changed drastically over the last 18 months or so, with the switch back and forth between remote/hybrid learning to in-person learning. Schools and Institutes throughout the country are weighing in on how to improve on equity, inclusiveness, accessibility, and engagement as we see emerge from the pandemic.

One of the challenges faced by many students during the pandemic has been inaccessibility, which poses the question of How to make education equitable for all students across the world? During a recent panel discussion on Reimagining Education: Making it Fair, Equitable in a VUCA World, experts gave us an insight into the matter.

With schools and colleges opening up at a careful pace around the country, Major Harsh Kumar, Secretary, National Council of Educational Research & Training emphasized the importance of a blended mode of learning that takes into consideration, caution in trying times and also, student’s interaction with fellow peers that have been largely restricted during the pandemic.

Going forward, Gary J. Sorrentino, Global Deputy CIO, Zoom believes that the education system needs to consider its ability to recruit students. He stated, “Because, I think, one of the things the pandemic showed us is there are alternate ways to learn and so, as we’ve come through this pandemic have opened up, just like remote workers, remote students have figured out how they want to learn? Where do they want to learn? And even in some cases, when they want to learn?”

Sorrentino reiterated that institutes, like companies, need to transform as the previously considered secondary, or even inferior, modes are now being accepted, crediting the millennial and Gen-Z’s perspective of technology.

“I think, right now, educational institutions need to start re-evaluating how they’re teaching lessons, not just convert the lesson to virtual but change it so that the new paths that the students want to take, we’re capable of teaching them in that manner, and just like, all corporations, educational institutions, we need to move out of our comfort zone,” Sorrentino says.

While commending the effort by institutions and teachers in keeping up with the technology during the pandemic, Major Kumar acknowledged the challenge of reaching every student attending lectures and how NCERT is coming up with solutions like informative videos and separate channels from Class 1 to 12 free-to-air to make it more accessible.

Still, he emphasized the importance of in-person studies in this time of technology stating that technology must not be given the upper hand, in order to enable creative thinking and socialization. Elaborating further, Kumar says, “Ultimately, the aim of education is to become a good human being. Like I said, that technology is to empower us and not to overpower us, that is just mean and medium to understand and do the things.’’

While agreeing on this point, that online education can’t recreate the impact of a classroom, Sorrentino countered, “For the learning experience, the classroom part experience, I think we’re gonna see technologies in the areas of AR and VR. We’re just starting in this area to bring them into the classroom, you are starting to figure out how to do things like Alternate Reality Whiteboarding where I can actually be at the classroom screen and I’m writing on the board as an avatar.”

He ensured that with the help of these tools and others such as ML and AI, the gap of distance learning can be bridged and figure out how to make the classes more immersive and equal. “But I do think that we’re seeing Artificial Intelligence come into play, and that’s where that comes in place, in note-taking, some of those tasks where even the corporations are looking at to say, ‘How do we make employees productive? How do we make students productive? & How do we make sure that we’re giving them the technology to make the experience better than the classroom, for traditional learning.”

Sorrentino insisted that to break down the barrier between the two groups, one that feels that technology will create a more immersive experience and one that thinks that it will not, there needs to be constant experimentation and innovation.

“We need to keep testing it, we need to keep challenging the technology, I think, we need to do something different, It’s not just about technology, I do agree with Major, it’s also about taking the technology and teaching the instructors and the students, teaching them how to learn in a different way, not just giving them the tools but showing them how to use these tools, so that it amplifies an immersive learning experience.”

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