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How will ‘Knowing’ as a concept be preceded by ‘Doing’ in the times to come

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Lectures on zoom, mentoring sessions over conference calls, notes over whatsapp – aren’t the present tools being used just as ways to replicate the physical environment with a virtual one? Isn’t the virtual teaching process replicating the one where teacher transfers the knowledge to students in a classroom? Certainly there’s a change of medium but not a change in pedagogy!

Future seems extremely uncertain and it has foiled our attempts to plan our long-term goals effectively. What can still be deduced from the months of lockdown is that days of our usual commute to schools and workplaces have become far-fetched due to social distancing norms and disruptions in our ‘normal’ world by the pandemic. The increased use of technology to conduct classrooms virtually has already changed the course of lives for many students and teachers. Screens have become the new classrooms and technology is the new teacher. Before COVID 19 hit our lives, we were gradually proceeding towards technological advancements in the education sphere; though the course of action was relatively slow. Now, these disruptions have accelerated in exponential terms. Now it looks like these changes are here to stay for a long time. But the question is if we have made a successful transformation in the ways of teaching/learning traditional best practices? Have we been triumphant in injecting technology in our educational services?

In the world of education, training and learning, the current crisis has forced us to shift to a virtual world in the blink of an eye. Probably, the foreseeable time has to undergo similar shocks. While it looks difficult to move back to the usual ways of the world, may haven’t been able to adapt to the change due to the fear of uncertainty. As we get used to the new normal, one thing is clear, the very way learning is done will change forever.

To keep students virtually engaged is a challenge faced by the teachers who are involved in online tutoring these days. As Kirti Seth, Lead FutureSkills NASSCOM in her blog ‘The Shape of Education & Training to Come’ rightly points out that the teachers who will be able to foster technology to keep the students virtually engaged will gain relevance as opposed to those whose recorded lecture is just the same as their live ones.

For the desired infusion of technology, does our education system need to up-skill and re-skill teachers? With the emergence of COVID 19 crisis, there’s an opportunity for rethinking and revisiting our teaching methods. Till now, have the classrooms just enabled a transfer of information or have they really promoted a collaborative learning platform? Kirti asks us to think! We are in dire need of increasing efficiency of the technology led education system, if former is the case.

In the ‘new normal’ world, she also highlights, micro-learning will become king as limited attention spans will take over. If bite-sized learning is our future, then will we be enabled to study on our own pace and comfort? How can this model substitute our traditional teaching methods? Will the concept of ‘degrees’ hold relevance in future? Kirti suggests that, ‘Knowing’ as a concept will be preceded by ‘Doing’ in the time to come.

Know how ‘Knowing’ as a concept will be preceded by ‘Doing’ in the times to come; catch the blog ‘The Shape of Education & Training to Come’ by Kirti Seth, Lead FutureSkills NASSCOM.

A part of NASSCOM FutureSkills Perspective Series.

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