The EdTech domain was considered to be in its growing stages when the impact of the COVID pandemic forced it to fast forward its technology adoption process. A recent study by UNESCO stated that nearly 1.6 billion students have been affected by a sudden closure of schools and educational institutes, spanning across 191 countries. Students, teachers, as well as the institutions themselves are adapting to virtual classrooms and e-learning. But this sudden change has come with its own set of challenges.
How does technology make up for physical presence in such a scenario? Are educational institutes prepared to adopt technologies like AR/VR, if implemented? Solutions provided by EdTech companies might be the best in the market, but its implementation needs to cover many ancillary points. Apart from the student-professor interaction, institutes need to address many hurdles before implementing the technology:
- Online training of teachers and non-teaching staff for them to get adjusted to the software and its usage.
- Reaching out to the students/parents and ensuring they are well-versed with the offering and comfortable with using the application.
- Focus on security and data backup, protection of confidential data.
- Converting the necessary paperwork of non-teaching staff and administration to paperless entries.
- Understanding how good use can be made of the accumulated data and analytics for decision making.
Addressing these few challenges, institutes can prepare themselves to adopt full-fledged digitalization. The result of the timely implementation is positive and can help the institute to streamline their daily tasks. As an example, check out how Vatsa Solutions helped a social enterprise create a UI-rich, collaborative, Cloud-based learning platform.
But before the systems are fully functional, there are a few challenges that need to be addressed:
- Institutes need to align their requirements and find the best suitable solution which covers the points. Customized solutions are the best option for this.
- Smaller schools and government school students might not have access to the internet, home computers, or smartphones.
- The equal focus needs to be given to non-teaching aspects, like administration, fee collection, assessments, and online examination, etc.
- Teachers will need to be trained for conducting online classes.
Digitalization in the EdTech industry has become a necessity in the normal. However, the full extent of how much the industry has been impacted across the world remains to be asserted. The duty of stabilizing the education system remains largely on the educational institutions and EdTech companies. Institutes who quickly respond to the adoption of technology, remote learning, and virtual classrooms can thrive in the post-pandemic world. Vatsa Solutions has helped many educational institutes digitize their systems and helped them create a virtual presence.
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