IIMC Webinar: Dealing with Online and Blended Education in Modern Challenging Times

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IIMC First ever Conference linked with Decision, March 5th, 2022 (8:30AM - 4pm)



Title:- Dealing with Online and Blended Education in Modern Challenging Times
Date & Time : Saturday,March 5, 2022


8:30 AM - 4.00 PM IST

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Program Details

  1. Opening Session: Manisha Chakrabarty (Editor-in-Chief of Decision, IIMC) [Duration: 5 minutes] - [IST: 8.30-8.35 am]
  2. Keynote Session: Learning Losses and Learning Recovery in times of COVID-19, Dr. Harry A Patrinos (Practice Manager, Education, the World Bank) [Duration: 45 minutes for talk and 10 minutes for Q&A] - [IST: 8.35-9.30 am]
  3. Paper Presentations I - Chair-Prof Tanika Chakraborty (IIM Calcutta, India)- [IST: 9.30-10.45 am]
    1. Blended mode of Teaching in Agriculture Bachelors’ Degree Program under COVID pandemic – A Path Less Travelled by Bidisha Mondal, Neotia University, Kolkata, WB, India.
    2. Impact of Pedagogical Changes in management Education Post Covid-19: A Comparative Analysis by Kedarnath Thakur, XLRI Xavier School of Management, India.
    3. An analysis of business students’ stressors and their coping strategies in the post-pandemic era by Huma Akram, Northeast Normal University Changchun, Jilin, China.
  4. Paper Presentations II - Chair- Prof Saikat Maitra (IIM Calcutta, India)- [IST: 11.15-12.30 pm]
    1. The Digital Divide, Gender and Education – Challenges for Tribal Youth in Rural Jharkhand During Covid-19 by Kumari Vibhuti Nayak, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences Calcutta, Kolkata, WB, India.
    2. Digital Labour of School Teachers and their Wellbeing: Content analysis of English language Dailies in India by Devi Priya S, IIM Calcutta, India.
    3. Is India Ready to Accept an EdTech-intensive System in Post Pandemic Times? An Analytical Review of Present Situation and Current Policies by Rohit Kumar Nag, IIM Calcutta, India.
  5. Expert Presentations and Panel Discussion: Educational challenges faced in a pandemic-ridden world, role of Online and Blended Education, and essential policies/programs used to curb them. [IST: 2 - 3.45 pm]Speakers -
    • Bjoern Hassler (EdTech Hub)
    • Tom Crick (Swansea University)
    • Wilima Wadhwa (Pratham India)
    • Rajnish Kumar (Ministry of Education, India)
    • Moderator: Aditi Bhutoria (IIMC)
    Panel Discussion: Way Ahead for Policy and Research [Duration: 30 minutes],
    Q&A [Duration: 15 minutes]
  6. Concluding Remarks: Future Horizons - Manisha Chakrabarty (Editor-in-Chief of Decision, IIMC) - [Duration: 15 Minutes] - [IST: 3.45 - 4 pm]

Brief Overview

The sudden outbreak of Covid-19 has challenged the education system across the world and forced the educators to shift to an online mode of teaching. The main question that arises is whether online learning and, in recent times, hybrid as well as blended learning acts as a panacea during the covid-19 crisis or not? Both the initiatives of blended and hybrid learning are similar educational approaches, but they differ in the sense that blended learning involves a ratio and combination of both offline and online learning whereas hybrid learning focuses on seeking an individual’s preference of participation either online or in person, thus promoting the best experience for the learner and maintaining a flexible balance as per the learner needs. The challenge is greater in times of crises, as it becomes crucial to simultaneously address students’ learning gaps, as well as their socio-emotional needs with the help of holistic approaches in education. According to an OECD report (2020), policies and programs that cater to the needs of vulnerable students during school closures and re-openings must be ensured so that the pandemic does not hinder student equity and inclusion. Teachers have also faced myriad challenges during their adaptation to the digital mode of teaching, new pedagogical concepts, and their requirement to come up with innovative ways of meeting student learning needs. The issues related to teachers have compounded where they do not have proper access to digital learning resources or have not received adequate training and support to shift to online or hybrid models. Overall, as the Education at a Glance report (2020) mentions, if educational institutions are unable to return to their pre-pandemic levels of performances, then the slower growth from the loss of skills in students will have a proportionately higher impact on future economic growth.
This webinar aims to discuss issues, challenges, and impacts of online teaching-learning alongside the consequences of using hybrid education systems in a pandemic-affected world. The conference shall focus on themes related to multiple stakeholders and educational outcomes across all levels of education: pre-schooling, primary and secondary schooling, vocational and technical education, and tertiary education. The webinar endeavors to explore and discourse questions such as: What are the advantages and benefits of online and blended modes of learning?; What are the current challenges faced by both students and teachers due to the introduction of online or blended education?; What are the different types of policies and initiatives that have been undertaken by the countries worldwide to single out the challenges faced by students and teachers while converting from the traditional pedagogical approach to online and blended teaching-learning?; What is the optimal blend of online and offline teaching and learning, at what time does online mode of teaching or learning perpetuate learning inequalities rather than addressing them?; Should blended learning be considered as the future of education, and will it turn out to be beneficial for both students and teachers?

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