Widening access to quality education
The idea of widening access to digital education, promoting independent learning and adopting alternative approaches in the delivery of education are prominent in the agenda of Suvadi. To facilitate human resource development in the country and widen access to quality education at all levels, the educational policy of the country has emphasized the promotion of e-learning programs. Supported with information and communication technology, thousands of people from remotest parts of the country have been able to access good quality educational materials through e-learning platforms.
Learning at a distance
The traditional notion of education is the type of teaching and learning that occurs in personal contact between the teacher and the learner in the classroom setting. This is anchored in the reality that teaching and learning take place at the same time and same place. With the introduction of new communication technology, it has become clear that learning at the school level could also be done via technology. The rapid development in learning theories and advancement in technology has made it possible to shift from institution-led learning to own-time self-learning at a distance using e-learning platforms.
Flexibility and openness in education
Thus, from face-to-face teaching to self-paced learning, which is moving towards flexibility and openness. This experience has progressed to the alternative delivery system known as e-learning. E-learning as in the sense of electronic delivery of education for students who are separated from their teachers both in time and space has existed and operated under different terms by state and private education providers. There is evidence of some recent technological breakthroughs that will support e-learning for School education in this crisis.
Role of ICT in education
Computers and technology have and continue to play important roles in education today. Educators are constantly looking for creative and new ways to incorporate technology into the classroom and student lessons. With the increasing popularity, affordability, and availability of laptop computers, and Wi-Fi, the ability to integrate this technology into the classroom environment has become easier for many schools.
Role of LMS in digital education
An LMS can provide a wide variety of features. Common components in educational LMSs include document management, assignment posting and submission, grading, access across multiple devices, remote participation, announcements, and a calendar. These platforms can also provide a medium for student/teacher communication such as a parallel email system. LMSs have become quite popular in recent years due to the maturity and ease of use of these components.
Island-wide LMS for Tamil-medium learners
LMSs have gained popularity over the years and the list of available platforms is long and growing. One of the biggest challenges can be deciding on which LMS to adopt as features and capabilities vary between platforms. Google Classroom, for example, is easy to use, especially for those familiar with other Google apps. Many Google apps, such as Docs, Forms, Sheets, Slides, Calendar, Gmail, Drive are already integrated into Classroom. Google Classroom offers a mobile app. Document management is streamlined and all teacher and student submitted documents are preserved. All class-related documents are contained within Google Classroom. Teachers and students can easily write comments back and forth to one another and even engage in online discussions with classmates all within Google Classroom. This coming year, parents too, will be able to have access to Classroom. We anticipate that parent involvement will be helpful and supportive toward student success.