The pandemic induced lock-down disrupted the physical teaching and learning and paved way for a new method of virtual learning.
The transition from offline schooling to online teaching was initially difficult, however, gradually institutes adopted measures to implement hybrid learning.
Reports have confirmed that many parents are ready to skip a year as there is no value addition in online schooling. However, a recent analysis conducted on the academic performance of 40,000 students between academic year 2019-20 and post-Covid year 2020 had revealed that online learning was as effective as offline learning. The teaching conducted via the virtual mode delivered almost similar results with around 95% in end year assessments. The analysis was conducted by LEAD School.
The results of the analysis indicated that the right use of technology, teacher training and a well-structured curriculum can provide good quality learning to children until schools can reopen safely.
“The question is not whether online education is helpful or harmful, rather it is important to see how it is executed. When delivered the right way, online education provides an all-round nurturing and developing environment with the arsenal of a global internet playground to explore,” says Sumeet Mehta, CEO, LEAD Co-founder.
Bridging learning loss
Considering the pandemic has disrupted the education cycle, especially in the K-12 segment, resulting in gaps in their learning levels, a Bridge Course is needed. The course is designed to provide a thorough recap of core concepts from previous grades with ample practice through a simple, easy-to-execute curriculum that includes videos, worksheets, quizzes, and group activities.
A hybrid model of education will be the first step into the schools of tomorrow. Hybrid learning is not just to make the education pattern interesting; it is also designed keeping in mind the feasibility of school administration to switch between online and offline mode.
To ensure minimal loss of learning during the pandemic, Sangeeta Hajela, principal, DPS Indirapuram, says, “The past one year has been a time of unlearning and relearning. It has been not only the first experience for children but also for the teachers and the school management. We have been conducting teacher-training workshops to help teachers adapt to the virtual classrooms and practice new pedagogical tools using technology,”
Apart from this, the school management made sure to celebrate all the special days with students, teachers as well as parents, she adds. In these times of confinement, without the support of parents, the school would not have been able to execute the classes seamlessly. In the current testing times, our doubt sessions, one-on-one parent interactions have proven to be some of the effective tools of feedback, reinforcing the parent-school connect.