Myths of Online Education

Mukhopadhyay, Rahul and Chomal, Aanchal (2020) Myths of Online Education. Project Report. Azim Premji University, Bengaluru.

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the Field Research Group at the Azim Premji Foundation undertook a study covering 1,522 teachers (in 1,522 schools) and 398 parents in the public school system across 26 districts in five states. 1 These schools have more than 80,000 children from the most disadvantaged geographies across India. The objective of the study was to understand the challenges experienced by children and teachers in the implementation of online learning solutions within the public school system. The survey tools for teachers and parents were implemented primarily through telephonic discussions and were supplemented with a few open-ended questions for the teachers. The survey of teachers and parents reveals the ineffectiveness of online learning solutions in providing meaningful learning opportunities, exclusion of majority of children due to poor access, and the professional frustration of teachers (see, Box 1). This resonates with the findings from a recent rapid survey report that underscores the exclusion of over 80% students in public schools due to dependence on technology and ‘the complete lack of capacity building/support by state governments to deliver education digitally’ (Vyas 2020). Our study also reveals that contrary to popular beliefs, most parents are eager to send their children to schools with necessary health safeguards and do not think that health of their children would be affected in such an event.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Online Education, COVID 19
Subjects: Social sciences > Education
Divisions: Azim Premji University > School of Education
Depositing User: Mr. Madhan M.
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2020 23:18
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2020 23:20
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