Online studies detrimental to students’ well-being: Experts | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: A study has found that most Indian educationists and experts believe online studies are detrimental to the well-being of students, although a majority of those surveyed admit digital learning will be firmly embedded in teaching practices in the future.
The report Education: The journey towards a digital revolution released by Oxford University Press (OUP) is based on insights from experts across the UK, Brazil, South Africa, Pakistan, India, Spain, and Turkey, besides from hundreds of teachers globally and extensive secondary research.
The top three issues that had a negative impact on digital learning are socioeconomic barriers, lack of professional development opportunities for teachers, and disruption or uncertainty in day-to-day life caused by the pandemic.
A majority of respondents believed that learners from disadvantaged backgrounds have fallen behind because of unequal access to electronic devices, lack of internet network and unfamiliarity around tools needed for online learning.
Respondents suggested better policies, increased investment in technology and support to parents and teachers. They also suggested that well-being should be part of education policy as digital learning becomes increasingly embedded in education.
Stating that online classes cannot replace classroom learning but only supplement them, Dr Niranjanaradhya VP, senior fellow and programme head, Universalisation of Equitable Quality Education Programme, Centre for Child and the Law, National Law School of India University said: “You must enjoy food, and not promote supplementary pills only,” he said.
Questioning the new education policy’s push for digital education, he said batting for digital mode of teaching is an agenda to help digital business tycoons expand their market.
“Education is a larger social good that includes the process of socialisation to build a more humane community with values of fraternity, tolerance and peaceful coexistence,” he said. “School campuses is not just for schooling and education but a place to help build these social and emotional relationships. Digital mode of education cannot replace classroom learning but work as a supplementary aid while teaching in physical classrooms to explain abstract topics.”
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