To the tech-naïve, the digital world can be incomprehensible. Often, leaving them oblivious to the many benefits that technology brings us. Since the onset of COVID-19, several industries saw a complete turnaround – taking blows, one after another. But the education industry took some unprecedented brunt – from schools/colleges getting shut and ceased graduation ceremonies to children and parents being at their wit’s end about classes. Globally, over 1.2 billion children in 186 countries were out of the classroom. While students in Denmark were partially returning to school, children in South Korea were marking attendance with their teachers online.
Our co-founder, Akash Aggarwal, recalls coming across pictures of students as young as 6-7, sitting alone at school, in different corners, to follow social-distancing norms. It was “one of the most heartbreaking things you’d see as an adult. This is not their age to feel so helpless and lonely. They should be playing together, learning together”, he says. With an already flickering edtech industry in the making, a complete shift from the traditional classroom was bound to happen. With global edtech investments reachingUS$18.66 billion in 2019 (even before the pandemic), it isn’t surprising that digital learning has boomed, and is here to stay.
Scientific evidence has it that learning online can be more effective in many ways. Some research shows that on average, students retain 25-60% more material when learning online compared to only 8-10% in a confined classroom.
E-learning consumes 40-60% less grasping time than in a traditional classroom setting, simply because students can learn at their own pace, themselves. Online learning allows them to go back and re-read; skipping, or accelerating through concepts as they choose.
As we all know, young children get distracted easily. This calls for a structured environment for better learning as opposed to mimicking conventional classrooms. This is where Online Teaching bridges the gap – by offering us a range of collaboration tools and engagement methods that promote “inclusion, personalization and intelligence”, according to Dowson Tong, Senior Executive Vice President of Tencent and President of its Cloud and Smart Industries Group. It is imperative to make education interactive and inclusive for students, young and old.
“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change,” said Stephen Hawking. And, it is time we revamped education for a stronger future. To conclude, Online Education is highly effective – much more integrated and efficient than a traditionally functioning classroom.
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