The school education system that has not been subjected to periodic revisions is going through an adjustment period right now. In the wake of a global pandemic, preparing for the unknown was not an easy task for schools in India. However, they once again proved they could absorb the pressure and adapt to the required changes. Today, modern education methodologies like blended learning, online classes, experiential learning, and more have transformed the Indian education landscape forever.
Online learning tools indeed emerged as a boon when educational institutions could not keep their doors open. The result was skyrocketing EdTech industry that attracted massive investment from all over the world. We saw Indian EdTech companies joining unicorns and deacons clubs and competing with global tech firms. Keeping the business aside, what was the impact of online learning on students?
A survey on school education found that 60 per cent of the students who have recently shifted into an online learning system thought of the experience as boring and struggled with motivating themselves to pay attention in class. It is not different in the higher education sector. In another survey, 77% of 800 college students prefer in-person class learning better than online. These statistics point to the fact that there is a need to understand the various shortcomings in the online education field to address them.
The efficacy of online education is one of many challenges that need to be addressed. In this issue, we have gathered opinions and insights from various quarters for the education system to take these discussions further. We hope our efforts to bring such diverse topics will help you keep up with the latest trends in the education sector.