The pandemic has transformed, better yet, remodeled the lifestyle and mode of operation worldwide. In the ongoing conditions, it is impossible to predict whether the world will go back to its previous modes of operation, as the alteration has perversely affected the masses' daily lives.
Likewise, in education, the global pandemic also significantly impacted learners' and teachers' lives. This article discusses how pandemic has affected educational practices throughout the world and what the future holds after it ends.
· Overwhelming Responsibilities of Teachers during Pandemic
It is not difficult to notice that the pandemic has put an abundance of responsibilities upon teachers. Teachers put in ten folds more effort into making remote learning successful. However, with the lowered annual pay since the rise of the pandemic, teachers are losing patience and motivation to keep up with their duties, let alone going the extra mile to carry out their responsibilities more efficiently.
In the wake of this, governments must equip teachers in every way possible to ensure the economic recovery post-pandemic. Furthermore, educational leaders and policymakers have a responsibility to provide teachers with the resources to effectively convey education to impact the students and society as a whole.
There is no denying that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the education sector in many ways. It may have served as a great occasion to appreciate the educators. It also served as an occasion to act on this newfound appreciation for both current and future educationists for their untiring efforts. Government officials and institutional administrations need to acknowledge their services.
They should also provide additional allowances to teachers other than the basic college professor salary. Since education is the key factor behind any nation's success, providing increased importance to educationalists will encourage future students to become a part of this noble profession.
· Online Education Made Learning Less Captivating for the Students
It is well established that no other approach can replace the overwhelming outcomes of formal education. Students in the traditional education system enjoy face to face learning. However, the rise in the global pandemic has caused a shift in the worldwide education system. Students and teachers made a pedagogical shift from the traditional face-to-face education to the online teaching and learning approach. Students had to shift from classrooms to the Zoom (online learning application), personal face to face learning to virtual learning systems.
Besides, teachers and students of the present-day feel compelled to embrace the digital world to stay close to the academic experience. However, this new experience of pursuing education is not embraced by many due to the different issues both students and teachers face during the online learning and teaching process. Most of the teachers failed miserably in being technology friendly, as the new normal was something that broke the past norms.
Since virtual classrooms require additional efforts to develop a physical, emotional, and mental connection with students, various students found it a waste of time. Internet connectivity, less competence in handling technology-based tools, and ineffective presentation skills were common factors that made education less captivating for students.
· The Flip Side: Benefits of Utilizing Technology in Classrooms
Technology has incredibly affected various aspects of life, and education is no exception. And due to the global pandemic, more and more educational institutes now emphasize the use of technology in the learning process. Existing educational institutions are planning to replace the conventional whiteboards with digital screens and iPads and MacBooks. Besides, these gadgets will overtake notebooks and copies in the traditional classrooms.
For many, this transformation negatively influences human development. While others think it to be benefitting students in learning? Statistics show that over 92% of the teachers believe that the internet has dramatically impacted the ability to access the study material. One can say that the educational sector is benefitting from the technological systems by enhancing the classroom experience for students.
· A Boom in Personalized Education Experiences
Technology is beneficial for the students and enables teachers to extend the information so that everyone can benefit from it. After a pandemic, with software and application systems, teachers can mold their methods of conveying information according to the students' learning styles.
Besides, they can now customize homework and lessons for the students to optimize the learning outcomes for each student. According to a survey conducted regarding the impact of technology on teaching, 60 percent of teachers with professional development training showed success in online teaching methods. These results suggest that if teachers are well equipped and professionally trained on online teaching methods, they can maintain the same productivity among the students effectively.
In the global pandemic, the majority exposed to risk comprises factions already living below the poverty line. These are the people who suffered the most and experienced deprivation of basic household necessities.
The sudden changes in the educational realm challenged the teachers to perform out of their skin and posed serious connotations for the students' learning outcomes. However, the entire episode brought the attention of big tech corporations to invest in online learning methods and find suitable ways to make it more interesting and rewarding for the students.
Without a doubt, future education prospects depend highly on e-learning platforms. The government should provide and support professional development to educators in this realm.