How COVID-19 is Reshaping the Education Sector in India
Dr Jaskiran Kaur

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the education system in India and around the world, forcing a shift to online and remote learning. However, this crisis has also created an opportunity for innovative reforms in the education sector. Here are some additional transformative ideas that are reshaping education in India.

Gamification of Education is an innovative trend that is gaining popularity. It involves incorporating game elements, such as rewards, challenges, and leaderboards, into the learning process. This approach makes learning more engaging and enjoyable while fostering problem-solving skills, critical thinking, and collaboration among students.

Microlearning and Bite-sized Content deliver educational content in easily digestible modules. Recognizing the diminishing attention spans of students, this approach leverages short and focused lessons that can be consumed anytime, anywhere.

Microlearning promotes continuous learning and enables students to learn at their own pace.

Adaptive Learning Platforms, powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms, personalize the learning experience for each student based on their individual strengths, weaknesses, and learning styles. These platforms continuously analyse data to provide targeted interventions and support, ensuring optimal learning outcomes.

The future of education is digital, driven by artificial intelligence (AI) and technology. Traditional classrooms are being transformed as students increasingly rely on gadgets for assignments, and teachers incorporate virtual reality experiences and interactive whiteboards into instructional plans. AI has revolutionised various fields, including education, with virtual assistants, tutoring systems, and language translation technology being increasingly utilised in classrooms. However, challenges such as equitable access and digital skills need to be addressed to ensure a fair rollout of AI in education.

Remote, digital, and personalised learning is another reform taking shape in the education sector. Innovative methods and personalised approaches cater to the unique strengths, needs, talents, and interests of each student. The New Education Policy emphasises providing flexibility and choice in learning paths, enabling students to learn at their own pace and style while fostering lifelong learning habits.

Project-based and well-designed pedagogy is crucial in preparing students as future skill forces. It involves students working on real-world problems or challenges that require interdisciplinary knowledge and skills. Well-designed pedagogy employs evidence-based practices and strategies to enhance student engagement, motivation, and learning outcomes.

Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technologies are transforming education by providing real-time information and immersive experiences. AR textbooks provide an in-depth understanding, while VR simulates environments that are difficult to access. Students can practice skills and explore complex concepts through VR scenarios.

The future of education lies in skill education, where technical training becomes more valuable than traditional degrees. In-depth knowledge of technology or skills in fields like STEM, data science, cybersecurity, and blockchain will enhance employability. Skill education also focuses on developing soft skills such as communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking, which are essential for the 21st-century workforce.

Curricula will undergo significant changes, with a focus on digital literacy and equitable access to quality learning methods. The progressive trend in 2023 is not only about imparting knowledge but also inspiring the next generation of innovators, problem solvers, and creators who will lead us toward a better and brighter future.

About the Author

Dr Jaskiran Kaur, Director of NMIMS Chandigarh, has more than two decades of experience working nationally and internationally. Her core area of research is Microfinance and Women’s Empowerment.

She was awarded the best research on Emotional Intelligence & Women Empowerment by Punjab University, Chandigarh, 2013. She has 58 research papers (National and International) and four patents to her credit; she has been serving as Pro Vice-chancellor in her last assignment with Lingaya’s Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be University), managing 12 Schools with 10K + students.

She is an expert in implementing a multidisciplinary approach as per NEP 2020. She is a corporate consultant. Shepherded 18 National and International Conferences and six Faculty Development programs for more than 300 faculties.

Dr Jaskiran is also an active advisory Board Member for different Universities of Punjab and Haryana as a special invitee by Vice-chancellor. She launched MBA Business Analytics and Operations management for PTU-affiliated colleges in 2018. She has been working with industry-collaborated academic programs and established five industry-sponsored centres of excellence.

She has deep professional acumen and experience and has been an invitee speaker at many domestic and global institutions. She is an adjunct faculty with Lincoln University Malaysia and Concordia University.

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