The ongoing pandemic situation has changed a lot of our daily habits and ways of life. One of the sectors affected the most by this has been education. With the virus showing no signs of dying down, educational institutions all over the world are grappling with the question of how to continue their courses and programs. We have already seen an outcry in the US, where there were orders made to ask international students whose colleges will be conducting online classes in the upcoming semester to leave the country. While many institutes have challenged this legally, it shows the problems and concerns that are bound to rise in the near future. Another concern among students has been that elite colleges are still charging full tuition fees despite conducting classes online. As one of the biggest benefits of attending these colleges is the campus environment, students have argued that they will not be receiving the full value of the fees they pay and so those fees must be reduced. Amidst all these concerns, we are seeing a real shift towards online learning in various countries, notably India.
Schools and colleges have been shut in the country for over six months now, with many examinations also having to be cancelled as well. This is a general trend we have seen in India as well as globally, with more and more services and programs going online to cope with the pandemic. One of the most successful online platforms has been online casinos, which have seen a lot of growth during this time. Even in India, real online casino India has seen a lot of growth, even as gambling remains illegal in the country. Other online services such as Netflix have reported increased subscriptions, while gaming has also become very popular. These are all just ways for people who are at home to try and stay entertained during the lockdown, and we can believe that this will be the case for quite some time now.
Coming back to online education, India has been in the process of adapting to this shift in the delivery of education. There have been many benefits reported, some of which are detailed below –
Comfort – Students are able to study from the comfort of their homes. There is no pressure to reach school early in the morning, although of course these regular online classes are also held at scheduled times. Assignments are submitted online and tests and exams are also conducted over the internet.
Increasing tech adoption – This situation has also led to more and more students becoming increasingly tech-savvy. Even teachers, especially older teachers, are learning about technology and the new tools which allow them to be able to conduct classes from the safety of their homes.
Improved communication – Online classes allow for relevant information to be shared quickly and effectively with a large group of people. The videos can be recorded and watched again if students have doubts, making it easier for questions to be answered.
All of this has led to the question of whether online learning should be kept in place even after schools and colleges can reopen safely. There are still plans being made upon this regard, with some educational boards in the country trying to see if it is feasible to continue online education long-term. Surveys have shown that many parents are in favour of continuing online education for their children, and reducing the course size to make it more manageable. This allows them to spend more time with their children while also ensuring that their education is not neglected, which is a double benefit.