Elevating Towards E-Learning

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The trending hit education system has customized the gadgetized class system of the Education Department. The traditional education system has turn metamorphose by acquiring the modern form of education. The instant transform is not only restricted to private, schools, colleges or universities but even ruled over the number of government education portals. The catastrophe through devastating, learning platforms has always been in the classrooms for which no doubt both students, as well as teachers, have to accommodate themselves towards the technically advanced education system. However, many of them are not well fused with the technical tools and technology to avail of remote learning which has become a greater barriage for learning. Physical classroom education was a huge headache for the student especially traveling for an hour to reach the education sector to grab knowledge for which they always dreamt of attending comfort education where they can have refreshing and entertaining surroundings. The world took a huge knell after it was introduced with the novel coronavirus in the year 2020 which has not only affected the education system but also has to detach the bench and table emotions. Now everything has shifted from the real to the reel that is an online platform. At first, it was very fun and entertaining for the students to explore the entirely different online platforms to practice virtual learning. It was a refreshing platform ranging in advanced features for the students but at the same time, it was tough for the teachers to make themselves to new moves i.e switching from chalk-duster to laptops and phones.

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Today the pandemic crisis has disrupted many sectors including major attacks over the education era which has bent the straight ongoing education graph. Nowadays nobody can imagine that one-day online mode will be our fundamental mode of learning back before. Lockdown and social distancing, however, have been adopted to limit the spread but have promoted the online class as the primary source of educational infrastructure for students of all ages right up to starting from playschool to higher education.

ELEMENTS OF SAFE DIGITAL EDUCATION …

1. Digital citizen identity: The ability to build and manage healthy congruent identity online and offline with integrity.

2. Screen time management: Ability to manage one’s screen time multitasking and one’s engagement in online games and social media with self-control.

3. Cyberbullying management: Ability to detect the cyberbullying situation and handle them wisely.

4. Privacy management:   Ability to handle with discretion all personal information shared online to protect one’s and other’s privacy.

5. Crucial thinking:  Ability to distinguish between true and false information good or harmful content and trustworthy and questionable contacts online.

6. Digital footprint management:  Ability to understand the nature of digital footprint and their real-life consequences and to manage them with responsibility.

7. Digital Empathy:  Ability to be empathetic towards one’s own and other’s needs and feeling online.

8. Cybersecurity management: the ability to protect one own data by creating strong passwords and managing various cyberattacks such as SPAM, SCAM and phishing. 

Is digital technology effectively in the education field?

Technology has been instrumental in offering continued access to education over the past few months. We need to critically ask ourselves one question that is how effective has digital technology been in reaching the almost 1.6 billion students affected by school closures? School doors around the world have been closed for several days to months to minimized the speed of the covid-19 pandemic during this crisis. We have seen an incredible amount of large-scale effort to use technology in support of remote learning at the same time. This crisis has exposes the challenges for technology in education including many inequities starting at the lack of access to computers and the internet.

• Sluggish cross-border movement of students 

• Passive learning by students

• Unprepare teachers for online education

•Changing format of student recruitment

•Lack of practical exposure.

Today our education system has gone through a sudden revolution that swaps from teacher class-based teaching to digital education not only in terms of resources and contents but also in terms of E-book replaced hard binding covers. Physical presence has changed into the screen of a tab, laptop. Classroom interaction has been replaced by virtual meetings. The combination of information and entertainment infinity bandwidth digital learning make it more practical applicable and retail able to our life and surroundings in an interesting manner that transition form of teachers class-based teaching to digital education will need multi-task pronged efforts over time.

The perils of online learning:

• Not considerable as a permanent option •Lack of cultural experience 

• Uncertainty and quality issues

• Lack of infrastructure issue 

• Issue of poor household  

• Technological challenges

• No standard policy 

• No face to face interaction 

• Higher dropout rates 

• No regularity or discipline 

• No time commitment 

• Lack of awareness on cybersecurity and other technological glitches. 

The above challenges would easily hamper a student or teacher’s ability to get the most out of the education experience. Moving from physical education to the virtual world is a mammoth task, but with the policymaker and leader in the education sector taking the realm overcoming these challenges into insurmountable. Anyhow it allows flourishing the fragrance of knowledge to the world by 

• Streamable lesson

• Distance learning solution 

• Personalized learning 

• Access to resources 

• Improve communication 

• Renewed focus on inequities

• Creativity teaching methods

Government intervention

In response to the challenges of college and school being shut Central Government State Government and some private players have come up with where is an initiative to support and benefit the students so that the students and the learners can continue their learning during great pandemic various e-learning portals and apps have been launched by government and education body such as Diksha portal E-Pathshala stem-based games etc. Keeping the Digital India initiative in mind, the government is aiming to give online education a big push to widen up its attempts for the reach of Higher Education.

SWAYAM : (The Study Web of Active Learning for Young Aspiring Mind) is an integrated platform for offering online courses and covering schools from 9th to 12th to the postgraduate level. 

SWAYAM PRABHA: An initiative top provides 32 high-quality educational challenges through DTH direct2home across the length x breath of the country 24×7.

BHARAT NETWORK: National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) and now called Bharat that aim is to connect all 250000 panchayats at the cost of over rs 40000cr this includes e-governance e-learning e- banking E-Commerce and Health Services.

NATIONAL KNOWLEDGE NETWORK (NKN): It was established as a high brand width network to connect all knowledge-creating organizations comprising IITs, IIMs, universities, research labs, and other e-governance Institutions. 

NATIONAL DIGITAL LIBRARY : 

It was to help the students and other aspirants for learning more and gathering knowledge from the library where lakhs and thousands of books are available to read and study.

Technology is turning education from teacher-centric education to digital-centric education. Anyhow, electronic-based education makes the education system more pellucid and equal but at the same time, digital sectors need to be balancing coordination between course and content. No one can deny the fact that in such an extreme situation of COVID-19 has only accelerated the adoption of technology to make quality education accessible to everyone. 

TRADITIONAL VS MODREN 

It clearly shows that the challenges in

ensuring educational continuity does not stop with the deployment of a digital solution for distance learning. We also need to pay close attention that the technology in education will not amplify existing inequalities and not deepen the digital divide. If we don’t do that, students from backward backgrounds will remain shut out of school shutdown, particularly those students who lack the resilience, learning strategies, or engagement to learn on their own. 

SOME FACTS 

The UNESCO number on school closure caused by covid-19 illustrated the pandemic’s overwhelming impact on education throughout the world. At its peak, early April 2020, the nationwide closure of educational institutions where affecting over 91% of the global student population. In absolute numbers, this means that nearly 1.6 billion students in up to 194 countries were impacted by Schools being shut down.

It is even more sobering to find that half of the students get out of the classroom by covid-19 close to 800 million students do not have access to a household computer. 43% some 700 million students even have no internet access at home. For the more about 56 million students live in a location that is not solved by mobile networks. These far-reaching impacts of the covid-19 pandemic have given us massive insights into how the role of technology can radically be shifted to reach 1.6 billion students and how to adapt to the learning process in challenging times. 

SIGNIFICANTS OF E-LEARNING 

Existing digital learning systems for example can go far beyond the scanty teaching. Empowered by Artificial Intelligence, with these systems we can also observe how students learn. Besides they can discover what kind of task and thinking they are most interested in and what all kinds of problems they finding and facing. These systems only can be adapted for the learning process to accommodate individual student’s learning styles and apart from this the most important of all is that they can do this with much more precision than any traditional classroom setting could ever be achieved. The significance of online educations are:

• Cost effectiveness 

• Quality education for all 

• Access to everyone irrespective of location 

• A wide field and a wider choice of course 

• Update knowledge 

• Under use data 

• No language barriers 

• Rise of in blended learning

•  Learning management system to be the new norm

• Improvement in learning material 

• Rise in collaborative work 

• Expanding learning opportunities 

CONCLUSION :

“Changing is the result of all true learning but what happened when learning is in itself goes through sudden changes”. Education is a key part of our life it can be based on the career we have chosen, it can make our future or it may spoil our future. Your career your future depend on a single word called education. Education is the key to the open lock of life. Online learning involves an electronic way of learning and exploring new things. In response to high demand many online learning platforms are offering their services for free including platforms such as BYJU’S, Vedantu, career will & Unacademic and many more. Digital learning which was introduced only a few years ago has been warmly and graciously welcomed by the world, a lot has been achieved in this area but still, the journey is not completed and a long way to go. Modern-day education is to ascend many more steps further and needs to bring enormous changes in society. The show must go on….. 

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