As I was about to begin writing this article, there are a couple of relevant news alerts. The expert committee setup by Government of Karnataka has approved online learning for school children. Details awaited. CBSE Board has reduce the syllabus load for Grade 9-12 by 30%.
This in the context of where I live. In Mysore, India.
US have suspended F1 Student Visa’s for such students who have access to online learning. Another big fallout in the world of Education. Particularly worrisome for many Indian families who have their children in colleges and universities in the United States. I am sure it is true with many other countries, from where students go to the US for higher education.
While the COVID crisis hit humanity, and disrupted life and livelihoods. It also has disrupted Education in a big way. So much is being written about and discussed on various forums about the paradigm shift in Education. How Digital and online have come as a boon to the Education sector. How School Education to Higher education should be leveraging on Education Technology for learning, testing and assessments. So many webinars and virtual conferences to attend, and listen to Education and technology experts talk about the newfound passion of Education technology led revolution.
While in the midst of a stormy but very interesting times for Education and role of Technology in Education, I hope and would like to believe that the normal will return one day, sooner than later. I know, it is a guessing game, and in full of uncertainties.
However, there are discussions about the post Pandemic new Normal, where all education will be in blended format. While use of digital and online have deeply pervaded the education sector, part of how we educate and how we learn when life returns to normal will be part technology based and part face2face traditional learning – the Blend!
What will be the prefect blend? Do we know yet? I am not sure. What I am sure about is that it is time to start thinking about it now.
It will be different blends for different formats, and different cultures that drive Education models.
It will not be like you throw a switch, and we move from the current fully online mode of learning and assessments to a perfect blend.
We have to plan the trajectory of how smoothly we can go from now to the post-pandemic new normal – a cautious approach to descent, if you will.
That will come with a lot of planning, educating parent, and communities about the trajectory and the little babysteps we have to take. Applies to Educators, and all key stakeholders in Education. The trajectory to the new normal will require a lot of collective thinking, new pedagogy, finding the right blend that works for all. If not planned carefully it can be turbulent ride, and no one will want to experience that.