Students as Co-Developers of Content
The Covid-19 pandemic should not lockdown the aspiration of our younger generation. My suggestion is that they should take the lead and work with teachers to develop new e-learning content. IT students can help teachers with new tools and applications as they may be more tech-savvy. They can also contribute to create digital content libraries. However, we find that students also develop negative attitude in these uncertain times -completing their course, writing examinations, worried about jobs.
Students should remain positive and use the extended
lockdown to learn new skills. It may be as basic as drafting a letter,
covering, improving English or other language skills, keep fit with Yoga and
other fitness programs. The post Covid era may not provide many job
opportunities but new business opportunities that start-ups can capitalise on.
Incubation centres should be there in all educational institutions and students
can play an active role in fulfilling the demand for certain products and
services that are not catered to by existing players in industry. Small success
stories in incubation can become caste studies and also further motivation to
younger generation to further innovate for the future.
The government, public sector and private educational institutions, industry, think tanks, media, NGO’s need to come to-gather and pool their resources, knowledge and experience, to make the youth competitive in international job market and take India’s development to the next level. The educational aspiration of youth in India should not be left to wait.
The transition to online learning is very capital intensive. We need affordable infrastructure of computers, laptops, smart mobile phones, uninterrupted power and charging support and internet connectivity for students, teachers and educational institutions. We need digital literacy and capability amongst teachers & students, digitized course contents, online distance education knowledge and experience, availability of-Books, e-Journals and other support services. We need reliable online examination modules for each level and stage to develop faith in new pedagogical model. Concerted efforts are required towards developing high quality course contents for online distance education. ·The course content should be designed with specific and measurable learning objectives aligned to authentic real-world experiences.
The students from rural areas, urban slums, geographically difficult terrains, girl children, and children from poor families will be most adversely affected educationally due to paradigm shift from classroom to online distance learning. The primary & secondary education in rural India is primarily through government schools, which suffers from all the handicaps for speedy transition to online distance education.