Just as Covid-19 has changed our work environment, it has pushed higher education towards a hybrid model of teaching and learning. A report by PWC India and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) suggests that both teachers and students show significant preference for mixed learning (a combination of physical and virtual through classrooms and online platforms).

The report, entitled “Redesigning Higher Education through Digital Adoption”, is based on a survey of the management, staff and students of more than 50 central, state and private higher education institutions in late 2020. Nationwide epidemic of Covid 19.

It shows that during the epidemic the degree online degree and certificate courses are finding more attraction in these institutions. The report added that E percent of organizations have integrated technology solutions, but 64 percent of management had difficulty adopting digital technology.

Due to the extraordinary disruption in routine operations since the onset of the epidemic early last year, organizations were in trouble. According to the report, to meet the financial impact, one in four organizations delays regular fee collection, while one in three reduces capital costs.

In a clear shift towards digitization, 43 per cent higher education institutions are taking online entrance exams, while 26 per cent have also adopted digital promotion as an admission method. Connectivity problems માત્ર only 42 percent of urban households have Internet access આવે are cited as the biggest obstacle to organizations ’digital travel, except for the lack of a one-stop digital solution for all tasks and the challenge for faculties to keep students. Engaged and motivated.

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The survey shows that 58 percent of students are interested in certificate courses, while 35 percent will still choose degree courses. Sixty percent of students also expressed readiness to find an alternative to a parallel complementary online degree from another institution with their current one. Fifty-three percent of students are open to the idea of ​​an online course offered on a mixed or university-owned platform.

According to the survey, 46 percent of faculty consider mixed education to be the most effective. And while 62 percent have faced challenges in switching to online models, 83 percent believe students can easily understand online concepts. Among students, 86 percent have most of the prerequisites for online learning and 96 percent are satisfied with existing online course delivery.

According to the report, the management of the organizations actively seeks to partner with Adtech companies.

It also notes that 82 percent of faculty are in favor of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, which emphasizes tech-enabled learning, while 58 percent in institutions are ready to implement management policy changes.

Ashok Verma, PwC’s leader in social sector development, says the process of adopting technology has been going on before, but the epidemic has accelerated it. “The interesting thing is that the mixed model has come up against. It is largely the result of a lockdown, as no offline flight classes were held. We did not expect such a clear change, but the choice of hybrid, mixed model will certainly remain. It is clear from more than 85 percent of management responses that it indicates an intention to go for holistic technology solutions.

More than 47 percent of faculty respondents believe that an online degree is the future of education. The resulting change is that physical infrastructure and facilities may no longer be the first criterion for students choosing the college of their choice. Verma adds, “Soft aspects of the institution such as its placement record, variety of curriculum, qualified and experienced faculty will now be more important.”

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