India’s education sector is undergoing a huge digital shift: what to expect in 2022

The education landscape in India underwent a tectonic shift last year with the impact of the pandemic and the devastating second wave that struck closer to home.

As schools and colleges across the country were suddenly deprived of the usual student chatter and face-to-face lectures, India embraced a new era of distance learning with remarkable speed and engagement.

Curricula changed almost overnight, teachers upgraded, and students adjusted to the “new normal”. What was supposed to be a “quick fix” has become the norm for a year and a half, and it looks like it’s here to stay with many educational institutions adopting the hybrid model.

Thus, digital learning will continue to be the dominant trend as we move into the new year, along with learning gaps such as assessment effectiveness and curriculum effectiveness taking center stage. from the scene.

Here are the main trends in education as we enter 2022 with India’s education sector undergoing a digital transformation:

1. Widening the digital divide and learning gaps

While there has been a leap forward in the impact and reach of digital education, access to the best content has not been inclusive.

For example, in a recent research report published by Oxford University Press (OUP) titled “Addressing the Deepening Digital Divide,” 70% of teachers said that most disadvantaged students lost their learning due to limited access or non-existent to digital devices.

Many often had to share a device within the family, which limited opportunities for individual learning. Digital education platforms are expensive and out of reach for many families.

Likewise, digital competence is a significant challenge, with 56% of teachers in the OUP report citing that a lack of digital skills on the part of learners and educators has prevented their effective use of digital resources and has taken action. as a barrier to learning.

2. More personalization and immersive learning experiences

Technologies such as augmented and virtual reality (AR / VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) were already booming, but the pandemic has accelerated the pace of their adoption.

As classrooms move to computer screens, there is more demand for aids that allow better engagement and visualization of concepts.

These aids help students immerse themselves in a more engaging learning environment that encourages them to further explore new concepts and to apply them better in real situations.

3. New assessment models and techniques to complement programs with a strong digital component

As India shifted to online education mode, there were, and continue to be, significant gaps in outcomes.

As students gradually return to campuses and educational institutions roll out a hybrid approach, the coming months will be crucial in assessing the learning gaps created by the online model.

A more personalized assessment model will be needed to assess individual students in the private and public school systems.

4. Helping teachers to cope is an opportunity for continuous improvement

As teachers have adopted a new medium of teaching overnight with tremendous resilience, there is a great need for regular and well-organized training programs and workshops to help them embrace change.

As VR, AR and AI are increasingly integrated into classrooms and mainstream curricula, we need to move from refresher training to “always skills” for teachers.

New innovative learning platforms will constantly emerge to improve both the delivery and evaluation of education, so it is crucial that teachers are always equipped with the skills to take advantage of these cutting-edge tools in a transparent and transparent manner. effective.

5. Mental well-being is a priority in the design of new study programs

The only thing that became evident during the pandemic was the impact of the blurred lines between our offline and online worlds on mental health.

The importance of taking a ‘break’ has never been more relevant, and educational institutions are increasingly making mindful living and mental well-being a priority by designing curricula for all. age groups.

Mental well-being is integral to ensuring positive learning outcomes, and the emphasis on this will only increase with innovative educational solutions that aim to instill well-being as part of the learning process. everyday routine.

The education sector is at an inflection point and 2022 will see the accelerated adoption of edtech solutions, as it forces us to question traditional methods, pedagogies and mindsets.

– Article by Sumanta Datta, Managing Director, India, Oxford University Press

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