Studying in the new normal ow education changed in the last few months Classrooms are not the same anymore and it will not be till we walk out of the pandemic. Learning will be through screen for a long time now, reports Education Times UMarch, no one knew that India wowd have to make a dramatic transition towards digital learning. But with the COVID-19 pandemic leading US to reimagine new ways of learning, Virtual learning has become the new normal along with a sudden spike in e-learning platforms. "The adoption of online models has been highest in the K12 segment witn India having over 15 lakh schools which cater to 40 crore plus students. Since the digital adoption in this segment was extremely low In the pre-pandemic phase, the challenge provided a big opportunity to school administrators to swiftly switch to online mode," says Antarpreet Singh, director Digital Learning, dian School of Business (ISB). HEIs too had 10W digital adoption initially even though the UGC and AICTE had set 20% target for online learning, which was not being complied to. "Within a few weeks of the lockdown, UGC gave approval toenhance online learning component to 40% for 950 plus universities. The real evolution of our education ecosystem will take place in the post-pandemic phase, wherein every educational institution will have to craft its own 'blended digital recipe'," Singh adds. g;: Schooling via blended learning format While many schools struggle to impart online education during the lockdown, others have seamlessly adopted with blended learning models already in place. Studies have shown that blended learning methods and traditional teaching in the classroom with online learning tools are more effective than simple face to face lessons in the classroom, says Stanley Anthony, principal, St Xavier's School, Sector 49, Gurugram. moved oniine Post-lockdown, several coaching Institutes converted thelr regular offline classes to online mode for both new and old batches to help students prepare for various entrance examinations such as JEE Main, Advanced and NEET-UG. "Live classes and video tutorlals, Soft copies of the study materials were given to students to continue their study schedule," says Partha Halder, centre-head, FIIT JEE, Punjabi Bagh, New Delhi. However, he says that this is not at par with classroom Why coaching rr coaching as there is no face-toface mteraction. Additionally, edtech platforms such as GuruQ, BasicFirst are increasingly meeting the demand for personal online tutoring during COVID-19 crisis. Proctored exams [;? for falr assessments Online remote proctoring, which challenges ofr) of permits students to take exams from home, Is picking up the pace. "The student in this mode is checked con tinuously through the webcam and online learning screen capture by means of AL Repost COVID-19 ports are produced for the evaluator as test logs alongside screen captures percent percent of the student and his screen," Says 2 JRSM 2 8 Mano] K Arora, vice chancellor, Inindlado students BML Munjal University that decided not have are not able on AL-driven remote administered smartphones to study mode for the selection test of engiand laptops properly due neering students. ns Virtual lab experlence Bl To provide 1ab training in 33 times of the pandemic, , Several institutes are resorting to Percent Of ' virtual labs. "They enable students to undergo lab experlence on thelr admitted desktop and mobile. The feature is that Ney created with the help of ICT tools. are not able Since January, over 26,000 users optto focus ed for virtual 1abs at ITT Guwahatl," on studles says TG Sitharam, director of the during online institute. While ITT Hyderabad has classes recorded over 1,00,000 users of virtual labs since January, over ~ 69,000 users have resorted to -? remote experimentation in NITK Surathkal. "When using these labs, students can make mistakes without worrying about the equipment getting damaged," says Maneek Kumar, dean, School of Engineering ' and Technology, BML Munjal University.