TEACHING DURING THE PANDEMIC
The pandemic meant that institutes had to turn to remote learning for the foreseeable future and that meant emotional and physical exhaustion for the teachers as the implications were enormous.
In a conventional classroom set-up, the teacher functions as an instructor as well as a guide, but with the changes in the teaching space due to the pandemic a teacher is now no longer just a tutor but also a content creator and designer of online programs.
The education sector was among one of the most profoundly affected sectors, but adjustments were ought to be made and going digital was seen as the most viable option to keep classes going.
While the form of education was new for both the students as well as the teachers, the latter were among the most affected given the digital shift since most of them were technotards and are non-techno-savvy.
However, with time and struggle, they have managed to attain the required mastery and have gone beyond, creating engaging content and reconstructing explanation, illustration, question-answer sessions, and group discussions to fit the online space.
Developing engaging content for the e-space is not an easy task and this also meant that the teachers had to spend a significant amount of time in thinking of ideas and developing content thereby exponentially increasing their workload.
So how are the majority of the teachers going about their online classes?
· Video quizzes
· Student discussion forums
· Group projects presentations
· Peer evaluations
· short- and long-form content
While teachers, parents and students anticipate the return to physical classrooms in the future, it’s undeniable that technology will continue to play a significant role in education moving forward.