The new National Education Policy gives the acceptability of many modes of learning including that of face to face learning, online learning and distance or virtual mode. It also promotes use of vocational courses, multi-disciplinary courses and multi-modal approaches there by focusing on Blended teaching-learning.
The main focus is on making it flexible and Student Centric by introducing features like availability of multiple entry and exit points; promotion of the mother tongue and other languages; focus on the arts and humanities; reforming the examination systems with open book testing and group exams; and the ready support for mature learners;
Key Educational Transformations sought are
Pick Teachers & Timings – Flexibility and Quality
Frame Your Courses – Needs & Interests
Design Your Degrees – Student Centricity
Study through any mode – Real World
Learning or Exams on Demand – When Ready
In the realm of educational transformation, the Academic Bank of Credit (ABC) gives sufficient elbow room for many things, especially keeping in mind such areas as flexibility and quality; interests and needs; student centricity; the real worlds of study and taking up examinations when ready. In other words , the student has been given the chance to pick teachers and timings; framing their own courses; designing degrees; studying through any mode and with learning and examinations literally on demand and at will.
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Technology is a critical element in the whole process and the ABC as currently being evolved understands that. The new teaching – learning and educational processes of the NEP 2020 policy will have to be backed by adequate technologies and blended modes of acquiring knowledge.
ABC is a carefully laid out set of building blocks that has flexibility for everybody. A top level higher learner intends to go on fast track while the slow learner would require extra time and assistance to meet their academic targets. Keeping this mind the ABC can mainly be understood through six building blocks:
1. any subject combinations that would include specializations that are inter–disciplinary factoring in normal and skill or vocational courses at par;
2. flexible education or the merging of regular, distance, online and virtual modes;
3. the flexibility would be given to students to study in any national or international institutions;
4. converting credits into degrees and diplomas;
5. enabling a lifelong learning process so that the notion of a fixed time for education is done away with option of multiple entry and exit points;
6. the opportunity for the student to indulge in a potpourri or types of course leading to something called a Bachelor of Liberal Education in the event of credits not adding up to a specific discipline.
A blended learning mode provides ultimate flexibility in many aspects. And most of all, it can be applied to any program which holds on to the values of traditional learning and incorporates digital media with that. It is a lot more effective and likeable than anything that has been ever before. Students, academicians, policy makers etc. appreciate the needed freedom/flexibility. Only a well-crafted blended solution can provide a seamless transition from classroom to computer or vice-versa. Though there are many teaching methods and techniques, available resources indicate that blended learning mode is the “best of all worlds”. It is the best because it helps all learning requirements and
styles through a variety of mediums and techniques. Recently many learning platforms globally have adopted blended learning and is also one of the most adopted learning tools.
Undoubtedly there are some key advantages or take-aways of the ABC is in favour of the young mind who can blend education as they like. A student can change specializations or institutions in mid-course; choose own subjects and courses along with degrees and diplomas; courses can be lined up according to strength of institutions and professors; utilize online mode which offers a round the clock facility.
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