Educational Technology for improving the quality of Education
“The house of education which we want to build in the future would for sure be different than the cottage in which we are living till this time. We know the present scenario does not fulfil our needs and certainly not going to cater for the needs in the coming decade.” said I. J. Patel, President, Indian Association for Programmed Learning in his keynote address at the Fourth Annual Conference on Programmed Learning and Educational Technology with refence to changing circumstances.
There is a consensus amongst educationists that ‘learning is more important than teaching’ in education. Learning is concerned with pupils, whereas teaching is concerned with pupils and teachers. In the olden days, a teacher was the only source of knowledge. The students learnt from the teachers as their primary source of education. With the advent of digital classrooms in recent times, assisting in the overall learning process along with conventional learning aids greatly to teachers’ personal knowledge. Though importantly, a teacher being the only source of education has ceased.
The traditional classroom with a single teacher instructing 30 to 40 students, being mainly one-way communication of information, is no longer an effective mode of in modern times. The two general factors-“information explosion and “population explosion” are bringing about changes in the developed and developing countries. Both of these have posed critical problems in the field of education. The current scenario is tiled with more things to be learned and more individuals to learn. Therefore, it is no longer possible to solve the problems of teaching by conventional means.
In addressing these issues successfully, educational technology consisting of various media of mass communication, suitable child-learning process, and modern testing and evaluation techniques are required. Digital classrooms in current scenario, especially country like India, has to be mastered and utilized by educationists if they are to keep pace with each other and catch up with developed nations. As such, both quantitative expansion as well as qualitative improvement of education can be facilitated and accelerated with the help of educational Technology.
As Apater has succinctly pointed out, “Today, a technology of education is being developed with the aim not only of making education more widely available, but also of improving the quality of education which is already available”. Teaching and learning that entirely happened to be a domain of the human factors- teachers and students, has gradually turned into a subject of technological progress.
Therefore, there is no exaggeration in saying that the future of education and classroom instructions lies to a great extent in the concept and practices of e-Learning and virtual classrooms. e-Learning may be taken as an electronically carried out learning facilitated and supported by the use of advanced learning technology, particularly calling for the services of computers, networking and multimedia. The scenario in the modern era i.e. in today’s times is totally on online classes. It was unimaginable that COVID-19 would turn our world upside down and bring such major changes to our lifestyle and mode of education. Now, online learning has become the only effective way to impart education. Through online education, teachers ensured that student learning was not compromised. Not only the curriculum was modified, but new lesson plans were developed so that students remained actively involved through online learning.
However, there are certain negatives of overuse of technology on students and education system as a whole. With digital transformation, student have now also been exposed to stress and anxiety from a very early age and parents have not been of much help. The issues such as weakening of eye-sight, lack of classroom ethics, lack of physical activities, lack of Vitamin D etc. have caused much unintended harm as a byproduct of technological use in Education.
In conclusion, we must understand that it is important for us to solve these associated problems in given today’s educational environment. This would enable us to prevent any future harm that might turn into a lifelong problem.
INDUS INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY