Education During the Pandemic: Technology-Based Solutions

Education During the Pandemic: Technology-Based Solutions

Manju Lata, Anu Gupta
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-7495-9.ch013
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The lockdown situation has hampered the learning processes to a large extent across the globe. Many educational institutes promptly adapted to the situation and moved towards online learning, and many found constraints in this sudden migration. The purpose of the chapter is to identify the impact of a pandemic on the ongoing educational activities and how these activities were carried out with the help of technology-based solutions. A comparative analysis of the traditional and modern methods of teaching-learning has been carried out to check their suitability during the pandemic time. The significance of this chapter is to describe an integrative approach of continuing online teaching-learning activities throughout the lockdown time by establishing the connection between the online teaching-learning process and the traditional classroom-based methods. The challenges offered by the online environment have been outlined from the perspective of both the educational institutes and the learners.
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This learning process is surrounded through the method to academic curiosity, reading and practicing, creativity, thinking ability, learn skills, extend and share knowledge. If there think about the accomplishment of learning process in educational arena, then it can be possible through the parameters of information gained, skills enhancement, ability of decision making, change in attitude, ability to take up responsibility, problem resolving skills, and etc. Although in numerous area of society, education is seen as a focus on cost. Administrations across the world are investing huge amounts of budgets to educate the inhabitants. Usually these investments are made on the upcoming generations of society through a well planned decision making. Consequently, the human beings are engaged in the process of continuous learning to improve their knowledge throughout life (Mittal & Kumar, 2019). Continuous learning can also be contained by the organization or involved personal inventiveness taking on challenges. Continuous learning is a lifelong learning often used inter-changeability, where someone can choose to read about something new on continuous basis or for one hour every day. But on the other hand, whole educational system from formal to informal and basic to higher learning (elementary to tertiary level) has been distorted all through the lockdown period of novel corona virus COVID-19 across the world (Mishra et al., 2020). COVID-19 had spread across more than 217 countries and territories with nearly 17.1 million confirmed cases (Aristovnik et al., 2020).

Lockdown became a communal buzzword in every field including education to consider over through the persons during rapid increase of COVID-19. To reduce the effect of COVID-19 pandemic, is became possible towards the better level with public’s unrestrained determination of the severe protective procedures such as, sustaining social distancing, ensuing pathologically initiated quarantine procedure, and implementation sanitation and hygiene (Khachfe et al., 2020). Due to this pandemic around 264 million children and youths were not able to attend the regular colleges, universities, and other educational institutes, that made the situation worse (Mishra et al., 2020). Various schools, colleges, and universities discontinued the in person teaching. There has been uncertainty on when the regular teaching will resume (Dhawan, 2020). As the COVID-19 virus spread, the online teaching on account of closing of educational institution as schools, colleges, and universities for an unspecified period remained the only alternative (Martinez, 2020). In addition, the formal and informal education is also enormously affected. This is the phase of grave reconsideration, renovation and remodel the education system in considerable challenging requirement of exceptional existing situation. Though, there is a deep-rooted notion that certainly not educational methodology can exchange the utmost point of formal education having direct interaction with teacher.

The pandemic became the reason of largest disturbance of education in the past that had a high impact on teachers and learners around the globe. From primary level to secondary level technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutes and universities have fully developed learning and advance skills development establishment. TVET systems, susceptibilities containing low levels of digitalization and ancient structural weak points that brings the clarification through the tragedy of pandemic. TVET systems provide the basics solution of a well-designed and market reactive technical and professional system. Into the education subarea, online learning has commonly taken position by online teaching and learning platforms where several educational institutes have affected in teaching and learning in anticipation of further study (De Giusti, 2020).

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