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Literate Enough 2020 Literacy: Education Online Way forward

A quote by Antonio Gramsci said, “The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum, a great variety of morbid symptoms appear.”

Education is a basic human right and is necessary for sustainable social and economic development. The basic kit enables and ensures the positivity of the activity from both the ends, the giver, and the taker. Barriers come way in any and every endeavor and education is no different. For eg: There are certain learning aids that are a problem to many children who do not have a specific place to study, reference books, internet access for studying, a mobile/desktop/laptop at home, or pro-education parents or environment. Which others do. Therefore, it is important to devise something towards a common domain learning interest keeping all categories of students in mind.

Everyone has a distinctive action plan. The teaching fraternity attitude is very positive in adapting and putting their best foot forward by taking a sample amongst the population to work upon to upkeep the trust the parents have in the institution education system; at the same time work upon the ways and means to ensure there is no loss of curriculum and empowerment to the students. The students should have access to hands-off instructional materials in the form of handouts and reference materials. For better understanding keep the doors open for one-to-one interactive sessions for delivery and doubts.

At this hour of global lockdown, relying exclusively on online strategies will imply reaching out but more than the effectiveness, the extent is debatable. So thought to study the teaching modalities, challenges, issues of connectivity, inattentive blindness during lecture delivery, and the real-time deal- the students actually learning. In this process, I as a quadragenarian, having graduated through mere teaching class notes to reference books to e-notes and video modules to simulation to real-time engagements, am amazed to have come up the ranks to a new high, new digital literacy.

Today the Net generation has leverage in accessing data across multiple modalities, participating in audio-visual multi-themed international conferences and webinars, via emails, WhatsApp, Instagram, virtual environments or creating a personal business website or interactive blog. Therefore, the learning facilitators are expected to make a complex made simple access point, that includes a harmonious and heterogeneous mix of subject content, images, hyperlinked videos, and interpreted multimedia that will not only make the presentation creative and informative but also learning worthy. The highly anticipated to-be-updated curriculum should engage the teacher adapted digital literacy towards an industry-driven readiness.

To conclude the online digital literacies have taken a mainstage today amidst varied forms of literacy delivery patterns, as an amicable part of the formal education dissemination today. A perfect reference to this is, should the focus be on what the teacher knows about teaching with technology, what the student knows about moving through a technology-rich environment (digital literacy), how the text is constructed (multimodalities), or how pedagogy is designed for the support of learning within a multi-literate world? The larger question is not which concept is right or the best, but rather which one is most appropriate for a given purpose.

Representing the teaching fraternity in this lockdown crisis, revising their personal towards professional priorities and adapting the digital literacy definitely deserves a salute for a noble profession. They are trying with their best abilities to deliver the oath of spreading knowledge to the nth student beneficiary.

Written by Salla Vijay Kumar. Have you read?
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Dr. Salla Vijay Kumar
Dr. Salla Vijay Kumar, is senior lecturer at Institute of Hotel Management (IHM) Ahmedabad, widely considered to be one of the India's best hospitality and hotel management schools. He holds a Ph.D. in Management from Kadi Sarva Vishwavidyalaya (KSV), an M.Phil from Madurai Kamaraj University (MKU), and a B.Sc. (H & H.A.) degree from IGNOU from Institute of Hotel Management (IHM) Ahmedabad. He has 5 years of International & National industrial exposure at Holiday Inn, Ahmedabad, Baisan International, Bahrain, and Sarovar Group, Ahmedabad, and teaching at Baisan Institute of Hotel Management, Bahrain; he is serving IHM Ahmedabad since 2002.

Dr. Salla Vijay Kumar is an opinion columnist for the CEOWORLD magazine. Connect with him through LinkedIn.