International Journal of Applied Research
Vol. 5, Special Issue 4, Part H (2019)
Digitalization of higher education
Digital technology in India has been evolving over the last few years, changing the way students learn concepts in school. The traditional chalk and talk method has paved the way for more interactive teaching methods as schools are increasingly adopting digital solutions to keep themselves abreast with the technological changes. As the current generation of students is well-versed with laptops, i-pads, and smartphones, these innovative methods of teaching guarantee more participation from students. To cater to the school students’ needs, education providers such as Educomp, Tata Class Edge, Pearson, and Teach Next have been coming up with interactive software to aid teachers in classroom teaching. Previously, teachers used to teach in rigid, formal and stereo-typed ways. Education was then conceived as the process of transmitting knowledge and ideas. Student used to get by heart whatever was given by the teacher or textbook. They often could not understand what was taught and were expected to reproduce at the time of examination. Pupils were silent audience and could not make any logical queries or independent thinking of their own. Today, the student is not considered as an empty vessel to be filled in by facts and figures. They are now expected to use so many media and materials and to get learning experience from all sides. Education is regarded as a process of interaction and interpersonal communication. The modern teacher has to help, to guide and facilitate the learner’s development. The teacher has to inspire and motivate the young leaners and assist the adult learners in their quest for knowledge and skills. However, usage of digital technologies in institutes of higher education is still in its nascent stages and efforts are being made to fine-tune these technologies to adapt to the needs of University students. In short, content development is yet to mature in colleges and universities across India.
How to cite this article:
Ruchi Bansal. Digitalization of higher education. Int J Appl Res 2019;5(4S):246-247.