New Delhi: Covid- 19 is an unprecedented situation and education sector is facing its massive impact. Online education is a very important part of education now, but it is causing disruption. The work of teacher has now mentoring and guiding for the sustainability of students through e- learning. And so to discuss on online education and sustainable student engagement, The Policy Times in association with Sunrise University, Alwar had organised an hour long web show on Basic Principles of Online Education & Sustainable Students Engagements” on Wednesday, 22 July from New Delhi.
Dr. V K Agarwal, MBBS, DCH, MBA (UK) Chairperson of Sunrise University in his introductory remarks said, “In the Covid crisis we thought of re-organising the education system in the form of online education. After using the technology of online education we found that it has advantages of using it. Many students from rural areas cannot apply for university education either of financial condition or they are not allowed to leave their homes for studies, so it is a great opportunity for them as they will now not have to travel to another place for education and this online education will bring a huge scope for all students. The statistics says 3 crore students pass out in higher secondary but only 80 lacs students pass out as Undergraduate”.
Dr. Agarwal also mentioned, “School education needs to work more and especially the teachers who work in government schools and is from rural background schools, because there the access of online education tools is very less. The sustainability of student engagement depends on the presentation and the way of teaching of the teachers”.
Dr Anup Pradhan, Vice Chancellor of Sunrise University, begins by saying, “We have to create a learning environment through the online education. The facility of online education has made the area of learning vast for the students; each and every student is researching through internet what they are taught. The students are themselves becoming responsible and are eager to learn through online medium. We have even thought of a concept of arranging a mentor for each class in WhatsApp group where the mentor will highlight the student who is facing a problem. We have even started the process of online placement”.
Principals from Haryana and Rajasthan threw light on how to cope up with online education. All schools have adapted the online education system, the teachers are using innovative ideas, PowerPoint presentation for teaching and making the students understand and it has been noted that the students are more interested in this kind of innovative education rather the normal way.
The government of Haryana telecasts special programme on education for children. Some teachers have started posting videos related to studies on YouTube for the students. The government of Haryana is trying to give tablets for the online education, and the teachers who are working hard in pursuing the online education are progressing more. The availability of mobile or online tools was becoming a problem especially in the rural areas, and the teachers have rescheduled the classes as per their availability. The students who at first agitated to do something in online are now enjoying. Students are even responding through google forms.
One of our speakers said, “The strategy we applied for engaging the students is 3 E’s i.e., Engaging, Encouraging and Empowerment and not only to the students but to the parents. The online system has given the opportunity to connect to the parents even. The talent of the students are coming out through various activities given to them in the form of assignments or projects. We have encouraged students to work together as team to build coordination between them. Online education has become beneficial and we keep it activity based and they do not get bore and they enjoy. The students themselves have contributed mobile phones and books and coordinated between themselves.”
The webinar was moderated by Mr. Akram Hoque, Founder Editor of The Policy Times, and the Panel for the discussion had Mr. Mohinder Singh Chauhan, Principal of Govt. Senior Secondary School, Mr. Surinder Kumar Bansal, Retired Headmaster of Govt. Senior Secondary School, Dr. Pushpa Sharma Principal of Govt. Senior Secondary School, Mr. Shiv Dayal Gautam, Headmaster GMS, Mr. Dharambir Sani, Headmaster CGHS and GHS, Mr. Mohinder Singh, Principal of CGMSSS, mr. Sumit Chawla, Founder Chairman of One State One Union, Mr. Sunder Lal, Govt. Senior Secondary School, Mr. Amit Kumar, School Director of Saraswati Niketan Public School, Mr. Jatinder Sharma, Principal Govt. Senior Secondary School, Amita Grewal, Principal of Guru Dronacharya International School, Mr. Sandip Gill, Principal of Deep Senior Secondary School, Mr. Sanjay Hooda, Principal of GSSS, Mr. Anil Kumar Dalal, Principal of Govt. Senior Secondary School, Renu Aggarwal, Principal of Govt. SSS, Anju Grover, Principal of GSSS Dhaman.