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New-Age Education: Defined by innovation

New-Age Education: Defined by innovation
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Vijay Garg
Today, a mix of traditional offline methods and new online tools forms the key for success. With constant evolution, we need to adapt at a relentless pace where coherent changes in the learning ecosystem with a futuristic approach are needed.
Classroom continuity is permanently embedded in the current teaching methods and by quickly adapting to the changing scenarios, we can accelerate the transformation of making learning centres more students centric. The way forward in the new normal has now become clear and is helping stakeholders shape the current education landscape. Different elements of the new age education system include the following:
Driving the future
As tech-enabled solutions create ways for easy delivery of lessons, the concept of hybrid learning is becoming more popular. In addition to helping institutions run classes, it has also bridged the gap between home and school education. Online video communication tools have enabled schools to transform into e-learning platforms out of necessity. Schools find these ed-tech solutions to be convenient, especially during these volatile times, to enhance learning exercises.
Skill-based learning
Today, there is focus on skill-based/practical learning over conventional methods, which is important as they help prepare a future ready workforce. This will help students go through an immersive learning experience to help them present their skills across organisations and portfolios as they move from school to college. The NEP has set a goal to educate teachers to help them deliver skill-based learning and teach problem-solving methods to students in the era of digital transformation.
Preferring technology subjects
The new age is witnessing the introduction of tech-based courses at the school level; subjects like Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Science, Cyber security, and Block chain are all seeing an upward trend. Today, students yearn to be abreast with the latest technologies and topics that will help them be in sync with transformations happening worldwide. Teachers are also being trained in these subjects to pass on that knowledge to students.
Adaptive learning is key
This assists students in learning as efficiently and effectively as possible. Adaptive learning is vital as students are exposed to multiple courses. During the course of education, they must grasp facts and knowledge from these diverse disciplines while exhibiting analytical capabilities, problem-solving skills and a good memory. Educators should also be aware of all that their learners are struggling with, so they can quickly adapt instructions to the changing requirements.
Innovative assessment
Just like student learning, assessment of learning has also changed. Teachers use a variety of performance-based assessments to evaluate student learning. Tests that measure a student’s ability to memorise and recall facts are no longer the sole means of assessing student learning. Instead, teachers use student projects, presentations, as well as other quantitative and qualitative assessments to determine students’ achievement and their individual needs.
Socio-emotional learning
Today, schools ensure that the mental health of students is at its best to ensure better relationships and interactions among them as well as with teachers. Adding a collaborative touch to learning has also become important in the online age. Psychology is an important focus for schools, wherein counsellors play a key role in addressing the needs and anxieties of students.
Thus, it can be said that education is a non-linear process where skills and knowledge, both formally and informally, are upgraded continuously. Hubs of innovation will emerge around the world that will test, enhance, and prove new approaches of learning. If we can crack the education access challenge and give every student a better opportunity, the potential to expand new systems of learning is enormous.
(The author is a retired Principal and an educational columnist)


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