The COVID-19 pandemic has turned into one of the worst health disasters across the world this century. It has resulted in businesses staying shut, people remaining at home and students missing school to stop the respiratory pathogen from spreading. While the pandemic is expected to present economic concerns, it’s having an equally devastating impact on education on a global scale. 

Since the virus is spreading rapidly, educational institutions have had to make a radical decision to change the way they provide lessons to students. It is a major paradigm shift that can potentially reshape the educational system as digital technology is being adopted. As such, educational institutions and teachers are experimenting with new technologies and tools to provide education to students while they are at home. In this blog, we will help you understand the different ways in which the educational landscape is changing. 

COVID-19 Effects – A Paradigm Shift in Digital Learning

The pandemic has presented an amazing opportunity for digital learning to spread its wing and reach as many children as possible through virtual classes. 

How has the pandemic impacted the educational system?

Educational institutions were one of the first establishments to close, even before the lockdown was announced in India. It is a direct result of the government ordering these institutions to stop face-to-face instructions, causing the academic year to come to a standstill. 

It forced school leaders to find different ways to minimize the interruption to children’s learning. Furthermore, teachers also had to work hard to come up with ways to teach children, all of whom were stuck at home. The disruption caused by the pandemic has resulted in a paradigm shift within the educational system. It has obligated teachers and students to go online and make full use of technology to prevent children from missing out on their lessons. Currently, virtual classes are becoming the new normal for schools across the country. Hence, it can be said that the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the age-old chalk-talk teaching and learning model into one that is majorly driven by technology.

What are the barriers being faced by teachers and students alike?

The current shift in the educational system format is causing teachers and students to face some obstacles. For instance. Many homes lack basic facilities and family interruption along with external distractions when conducting assessments, during teaching and when attending classes are major issues. Additionally, institutions are also facing problems when budgeting as they have to invest in advanced technologies. Moreover, a lack of technical support and training is causing teachers to face difficulties as they lack awareness regarding online teaching platforms and security concerns. 

One of the major stumbling blocks for children in terms of online learning is a lack of a stable and strong internet connection, as conventional homes generally have low bandwidth and quickly exhaust their usage limit. Furthermore, an increased exposure to screens and having to sit in one spot for a long time is giving rise to boredom among students due to monotony. So, educational institutions and teachers have to put in more effort to make the classes interactive to combat this fatigue and boredom. 

Currently, there are researches taking place to understand the extent of the problems being faced by teachers and students owing to the COVID-19 pandemic in India along with the opportunities posed by the unexpected outbreak. That said, it’s necessary for educational institutions to adopt and ideate some of these shifts to ensure they seamlessly deliver knowledge, regardless of how long we are stuck at home.