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The year 2020 was a tipping point for the education industry which resulted in large scale adoption of technology. ‘Chalk and talk’ method was replaced by self-paced learning and blended teaching methods, shows a survey conducted by Navneet TopTech.

‘Project Granth,’ a research project conducted by Navneet TopTech, a digital education company which provides e-learning solutions to schools and students, was aimed at understanding the changing dynamics in the education sector pre and post the pandemic. 321 (teachers and principals) of CBSE schools across North, West and South India were interviewed as part of this research.

The research found that 43% of teachers believe that there will be a fundamental shift in the teaching and learning methods post the pandemic. 39% of the teachers interviewed adopted technology to teach for the first time during the pandemic. 64% said technology could be used to diversify learning & 24% said it helped achieve better learning outcomes.

Commenting on the survey, Harshil Gala, Chief Executive Officer, Navneet TopTech, said, “Post pandemic is going to be an interesting time for education with technology driving innovation and adoption of new pedagogical methods. Schools are betting big on technology with 2% of the schools having developed their own software such as enterprise resource planning and learning management system. They are willing to adopt new ways of teaching and learning with interactive tools, secure online assessments and video conferencing tools making it into mainstream classrooms. Project Granth by Navneet TopTech  also found that online learning helps in retention of information and increases overall efficiency, thus implying that the changes the pandemic has caused might be here to stay.”

Following are the key observations from the research:

1) Technology would aid teaching in the post pandemic world: 49% of the respondents said that technology would help the teaching process in the post pandemic world. The pandemic generated a high interest in video conferencing tools with 83% respondents saying that they would continue using it along with offline classroom teaching. The research also saw an increasing interest in new interactive tools such as quizzing platforms, survey makers, polling platforms that made the classroom experience immersive during the pandemic.

2) The pandemic exposed many teachers to digital content for the first time. While 27% used digital content to teach in the pandemic, 62% said that they wanted to continue using digital solutions post pandemic as well.

3) Using online tool for assessment: There is a heightened interest in using online assessment tools with 14% of the teachers using such tools for the first time during the pandemic. When asked about the purpose of assessment, 68% of respondents said it helps them identify conceptual understanding, 15% to measure knowledge gaps, 11% to encourage student reflection & 6% to evaluate pedagogy efficiency. Newer formats of assessment were also seen gaining popularity with 84% respondents preferring project work to assess student performance.

4) Virtual Labs and Simulations: As teaching transitioned online most schools struggled to continue experiential methods of education. This led to a rising need for virtual labs and simulations tools. During the pandemic 36% shared videos of themselves conducting experiments and 15% used some kind of simulation labs

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