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2020 was the year the education sector was forced to adopt and adapt

by TCS iON, proud sponsors of the 2021 International e-Assessment Award for Best Summative Assessment Project

The pandemic has brought about seismic changes all around, and the education sector is no exception.

Academic prospects and the ongoing education of more than 1.5 billion students across the globe were affected, and educational institutions were left grappling to find quick solutions.

A representative study indicated a significant shift (82%) to online education due to the pandemic compared to a low exposure (47%) to online classes before the pandemic. Examinations which form an integral part of the entire system, have also been reimagined, and many boards have successfully conducted online assessments. However, to build a resilient education and assessments space for the 21st century, institutions need to address some core aspects:

Phygital – For online assessments to be a success, the learning model has to be upgraded. Since most ancillary assessments such as vivas and practical examinations still need physical space, the entire system must transform to include phygital features.

Bridging the Industry-Academia Gap– The education system has to collaborate with industries, create future-ready talent, and keep up with the demands of the digital age.

The Digital Divide– Technology is not all-pervasive. It is generally concentrated in urban pockets. In such cases, brick and mortar schools provide primary education to the children in the area. For functions to move online, infrastructure has to be robust so that students from all demographics get equal opportunities.

Technology has a promising role to play to help the education sector, and noted below here  some of the defining characteristics:

Adaptable– With the increased adoption and growth of technology in exams, building a robust and impenetrable system is also imperative for conducting exams. Leveraging technology as a tool, continuous research and innovations need to be undertaken to make education systems that are future-ready. Similarly, remote internship programs (to help during natural calamities) and industry honour programs (to help bridge the industry academia gap) offer examples of technology adjusting to evolving needs of the industry.

Inclusive: Education is the birthright of every child. Essential tools must be readily available to students across demographics to maintain uniformity to achieve educational excellence, irrespective of a student’s location or privileges. TCS iON PAPER, a handheld multi-purpose educational appliance, provides a holistic learning experience to ensure that academics continue unhindered.

Transformational: In education and assessments, multiple functions have to work in tandem to complete the entire ecosystem. This requires a suite of digital capabilities to address the complete lifecycle of an institution’s operations, such as Digital Campus, Digital Learning, Digital Marking, and Digital Assessments.

With the tide changing for the education sector, the time is ripe for the industry to take leaps and create solutions, keeping in mind learners, learner journey, learning experience, holistic and inclusive learning needs to adopt and adapt in the 21st century.