The National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 unveiled by the MHRD brought in an extensive reform to the educational system in the country. Currently, with the global pandemic scenario, the growing requirement for technology in education has become a need for the hour. The introduction of virtual learning has replaced the conventional physical learning and teaching methods, and revised NEP has done justice to the education concerning the future of academics.

There is no doubt that technology has influenced lives through interaction and other social parameters. Considering the fact that education can impact the world in pragmatic ways, the deliverance of technology in the field is essential too. The easy and affordable availability of the internet is proving to increase the number of smartphone users, and hence, using it for the purpose of education as well. Even the remote places in India are finally able to access the internet, opening doors for digital education too.

K-12 education combines technology with education to create a quality syllabus that can be customised to suit a child’s interest in subjects, ranging from classes in kindergarten to class twelve. It utilises a blend of traditional education with modern technology to create standard education. With regard to the higher education system, the digital platform is gaining popularity as it has slowly started to adopt the digital era. Online certifications and the job opportunities it carries are targeted to improve the employability of students.

When it comes to student evaluation and assessment tracking, the system has an outdated approach to human dependency. Unfortunately, it is a biased form and definitely not a standardised evaluation method for every student. The practical aspects of knowledge are not taken into consideration, and hence do not provide accuracy in reasoning. According to the NEP, the proportion of practical/experimental exams will outweigh theoretical exams in the coming years, and non-theoretical education will increase.

How does Blockchain help in digital education?

With the technological approach to education being the next big thing, basic documents like student verification records and certificates can now be stored and accessed on digital platforms. Blockchain technology, which is an emerging technology, permits information collaboration and validation of degrees or marks obtained. It helps to copy and transfer data but does not allow modification of data. This technology thus makes it a safe option as it prevents the breach of information. Blockchain technology is a promising field that is bound to diversify into other businesses.

In the current scenario, respective universities maintain academic mark sheets and scores with no third-party hindrance. Blockchain technology can help with the recognition of individual mark sheets, verification details, or certificates instead of manual processing.

AI (Artificial Intelligence) based proctoring can enable institutions to conduct examinations without infrastructure or logic. AI can also provide detailed analysis of students’ progress and analyse a candidate’s responses while evaluating psychometric tests. Interestingly, AI can take algorithm-based decisions in a candidate’s response to questions and in turn predict the behaviour patterns.

Personalised learning is another trait that is becoming quite popular with the advent of digital applications on educational platforms. The traditional classroom method involves one syllabus being taught by teachers, and the pattern of teaching is similar for all students, despite their learning capacities. As the traditional methods do not cater to the needs of every individual student, customised learning methods are also a no-go when it comes to physical classroom sessions. This is where personalised learning comes in handy.

Personalised learning using technology will help create a syllabus considering the needs for a student’s areas of interests and weaknesses. With this method, teachers will be able to overlook a student’s weak subjects and help them get on track while keeping a check on the strong subjects too. This helps students to absorb information better, learn it at their own pace, and can be followed in the classroom independently.

What we must remember about classroom education is that we must not completely overlook the physical methods of teaching whilst taking the advantage of technology-based learning. The online applications are auxiliary tools to amplify a student’s learning experience. NEP 202 is a noble and progressive approach to the current education system, and it is essential to develop a coherent plan for fostering technology with classroom education to bring out the best in each student. India counts on the younger generation and this proposition is a hint of promise that the country will rise to an educational powerhouse.