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IEEE WIE AG Hyderabad Section in association with IEEE Education Society is delighted to host the webinar on Blended Learning: The Way to Move Forward (Skill Enhancement for Teachers)
September 6, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Abstract: As several Schools, colleges and universities are planning to continue online learning into the spring, thousands of students are now looking at over a year of learning from home. In the current scenario, remote learning is slowly moving towards becoming a long term mode of instruction, experts believe that the mental, emotional and academic impacts of that shift are likely to be more than just challenging. It thus becomes worthwhile to understand the different methodologies that are actively being adapted in the education space as a coping mechanism. As per statistics put out by UNESCO, over 190 countries faced disruption in formal learning and teaching impacting nearly 1.5 billion learners at some point. However, despite the scale and impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, private education enterprises across the globe were swift in putting out resources for the benefit of learners. There is no dispute about the rise in the consumption and demand of e-learning and digital ways of learning and teaching in the last few years. Covid-19 has only further accelerated the rate at which digital is being adopted. Therefore, sooner rather than later, it is most pertinent for students and teachers to adopt solutions that adapt well to this mixed teaching-learning environment, where print and digital coexist. A blended approach is something that will take care of the need to incorporate audio-visual elements, online assessments anytime, anywhere access for students and teachers, ensuring their continuing interest, and engagement. As per many experts, a technique such as a blended learning method has the ability to combine the best of both worlds in a manner that is less costly, time-saving, and much more personalized for both the universities and students. Blended learning provides students with the enriching experience of lecture videos combined with real-world teaching/mentorship to create a more wholesome and beneficial educational experience. Blended learning is also well known as a filled classroom technique, in which students get the materials through internet sources and assignments are done in the classroom through team-based or project-based work in presence of respective teachers who actually act as a guide or a mentor additionally. Understanding the importance of the application of technology especially in education, colleges, and universities around the world have combined online courses and lessons with regular in-person classroom types in order to keep up. The shift towards blended learning in higher education has presented itself as an ongoing process that is continually reshaping the learning process. As a result, several blended learning trends are defining higher education today. The impact of Covid-19 has brought the education landscape to an interesting inflection point, where print content alone will not suffice our requirements in the new normal while a 100% digital approach might be inappropriate given our unpreparedness. Blended and Integrated Learning Solutions are today’s need of the hour and only the way forward towards a robust educational system that will reach all stakeholders at any time or at any point. Virtual: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/281054