A String of Changes in Education Post Lockdown

by Ella Wilson
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A String of Changes in Education Post Lock down

Lock down due to corona virus is almost at the cusp, and much anticipated post-lock down era is about to be here. People have all sorts of things planned out for when the dust settles, and life can finally go back to old ordinary. There’s no qualm about the fact that life is going to be anything but ordinary. Lock down is almost over, but it has left a profound impact on our lives. Although, not all the remains of corona virus quarantine are negative. There are many positive and pleasant changes brought about because of lock down. 

Majority of the industries are delighted about the news of lock down lifting, although, teachers are going into a tailspin. Teachers had the most challenging time adjusting to the changes that lock down brought with it. Familiarizing themselves with the tech, communicating with students through online means, personal/professional life balance has been head trip for teachers. Despite the nuisance, saying that teachers had adjusted well to the life behind closed doors would be an understatement. 

Teachers who were opposing the use of tech in class finally understood what all the fuss was about. Technology acted as a life savior during the difficult times of lock down. All lectures were conducted online, and things were going on pretty smoothly. Teachers had learned to use technology and the internet to save their time and to teach more effectively. Safe to say online classes were a dream come true for students and a fresh breath of air for teachers. With lock down lifting, education is going back to traditional ways. Although, as mentioned earlier, life is never going to be the same. 

Lock down’s impact is imminent, and teachers may want to batten down the hatches. Mastering the art of hybrid learning may come in handy! 

We have spent almost an entire year locked inside our houses. It only makes sense that life takes a new form. Here are a few areas of the academic world that would be affected by lock down:

  • The lack of digital assistance may slow down the learning process and extend the duration of course completion. 
  • Teacher-student communication is most likely to be tarnished as many students found it convenient that they could use the help of their teachers at any time. Moreover, not all students are comfortable with face-to-face communication. Student interaction through messages was indeed convenient for all. 
  • Student expenses may increase as students saved a lot of money by not travelling, staying at home, food and accommodation costs, and so on. 
  • The daily routine of both students and teachers will change. In online learning, students could easily take a class and continue other chores. Whereas in a traditional style, students will have to spend over 6 hours at the institute.

Once you get a taste of technology, it is impossible to withdraw. Teachers have found out the secret to convenient and efficient teaching, and they are just not ready for this saccharine life to come to an end. The reopening of schools doesn’t entail that teachers must abandon technology. Locating stasis is an ideal thing to do under current circumstances. Here’s what teachers can do to keep up their spirits during the traditional brick-and-mortar classes. 

  • Engage more with students and figure out the ways they want to learn it. 
  • Include the use of digital methods in daily learning to keep it interesting for students. 
  • Don’t castoff learning management platforms completely. Use them to divide the workload, manage documents, and upload assignments. Many teachers who discovered these platforms only during lock down fail to realize that these LMS platforms are a permanent part of learning in many top-notch institutes. They are not used merely when you are stranded at home, LMS can turn out to be extremely helpful to achieve an ideal hybrid class. For instance, IAO LMS can store large sizes of videos that you can play during your class lessons. 
  • It can be challenging for students to bounce back and go into study mode. Give them some time to recover and reduce workload. Keep class schedule flexible and syllabus brief. This will allow students to transition back to face-to-face classes without burning out slowly. 
  • It is recommended for teachers to incorporate the use of multimedia in the classroom. Videos, images, recorded lectures will help students learn better and will save a lot of teacher’s time as well. 

All in all, there’s no qualm about the challenges that come with face-to-face classes; they are imminent. Teachers may want to work smarter instead of harder to find those shortcuts that are effective for students and convenient for them. Going back to school doesn’t necessarily have to be a challenge that teachers cringe away from, but it can be a chance for students and teachers to explore a new aspect of learning. A learning experience that is for once not only student-centered but is equally comforting for teachers. 

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