Universities must reopen to a better normal after covid4 min read 17 Mar 2021, 10:24 PM IST
Post-pandemic online learning must serve to enrich in-person engagement and interaction in the classroom
Eighteen months ago, we wrote in this column about a distressing gap in mainstream education: good pedagogical practice—applying insights from cognitive science about how people learn—has taken a back-seat to convenience, scale and tradition. Twelve months ago, schools and universities across the nation shut down under the pandemic, and shifted seamlessly to an online mode of delivery. During the course of the year, many of the mental barriers associated with convenience, scale and tradition have fallen. As pandemic-related restrictions now start to ease and campuses begin to open, the question on most educators’ minds is—how can we now begin with a new and better normal, rather than revert to the old ways?
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