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Online virtual classrooms for the troubled education sector

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The digital education industry in India has come a long way. There was a time when parents couldn’t make up their minds to subscribe to an online class for their child’s education. Things, however, have changed a lot in the education domain due to COVID-induced school closures. Parents now demand online virtual classrooms for uninterrupted learning of their children. Not just this, online classrooms are said to be more effective than the traditional approach.

For example, a report published by the World Economic Forum explains, “For those who do have access to the right technology, there is evidence that learning online can be more effective in a number of ways. Some research shows that on average, students retain 25-60% more material when learning online compared to only 8-10% in a classroom. This is mostly due to the students being able to learn faster online; e-learning requires 40-60% less time to learn than in a traditional classroom setting because students can learn at their own pace, going back and re-reading, skipping, or accelerating through concepts as they choose.”

With the country currently witnessing another wave of COVID-19, the trouble does not seem to end anytime soon. The present situation points to the long-term use of the online platform in the education sector. educators now need to focus on deploying technology with the best features like online examinations and assessments, fees management, online admissions, etc., that would help them deliver results.

How can educators use technology to overcome challenges in the education sector?

The pandemic posed several challenges, including low productivity, chaotic processes and the need for an efficient learning model. Teachers in traditional classroom settings could not connect efficiently due to a lack of innovative teaching methodologies. With schools turning to online virtual classrooms, educators get access to several tools and technology that they can use to overcome these challenges.

  • The teacher did not have much productivity in a traditional classroom setting. The reason for it was the pile of tasks they were required to do. However, with the adoption of technology, educators can now leave the administrative tasks management software such as ERP and focus more on providing education.
  • Many parents and students complained about the interruption in learning due to the pandemic. Educators with the aid of virtual classrooms can teach online. You can use digital tools that make the class interactive and engaging.
  • Educators can use the online platform to connect with parents and keep them updated about their ward’s performance. You can also provide constant feedback on the school online portal.
  • Teachers can eliminate the problem of maintaining records. Using the software, you don’t need to worry about data loss and access it as per the requirement.

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Tips for educators to make virtual classes a success

Only the setup of online virtual classrooms will not be enough to overcome the challenges in the education sector. Teachers are an essential part of an online classroom too. From educating students to ensuring results, they have a significant role to play. Educators must use the below-mentioned tips to create digital classrooms that inspire and accommodate all learners-

  • Create a welcoming virtual space

You cannot physically meet students. Hence, educators need to involve children in the class. You can start with greetings and pose a question before jumping to the topic to grab learners’ attention.

  • Reward system

Online learning is new for students. Hence, they might feel a lack of motivation which will pose a challenge. You can reward students for their excellent work and appreciate their effort. This will help you keep your students motivated.

  • Use engagement techniques

For a successful class, learners must understand the topic. In virtual classrooms, educators can make use of several tools and features to engage students. Share your screen to explain concepts, call out students to read to build their interest.

How is LEAD addressing the challenges in the education sector?

Online virtual classrooms, virtual classrooms

LEAD visions to build the largest community of teachers in India under the umbrella of LEAD Teacher Academy. It also provides the LEAD certification program for teachers to further strengthen their abilities, especially during the ongoing tough times. In these unprecedented times, online virtual classrooms have also assisted teachers in maximizing resources. With the LEAD School @home feature, teachers can reach out to students with interactive sessions at home with the help of quizzes, engaging audio-visual resources, etc.

Virtual classrooms were clunky and required to install another application, updates, and depended on a third-party app to work a couple of years ago. LEAD has made virtual classrooms efficient and easy to use. The readily available technology by LEAD has helped the vast number of students to continue their studies in the ongoing disruption. LEAD empowers teachers with digital tools, knowledge, and techniques to address the challenge of interrupted learning, low productivity, etc.

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About the author

Manasa is a Branding and Communication Manager at LEAD. She is an Asian College of Journalism alumnus and a former Teach for India Fellow. Manasa has also completed her MBA in marketing from Deakin University. She strongly believes that education has the power to shake the world and is excited to be a part of LEAD’s transformational journey.

Manasa Ramakrishnan

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