Challenges Associated with EdTech

In this article we will discuss Challenges Associated with EdTech

In this article, we will discuss Challenges Associated with EdTech. So, let’s get started.

Challenges Associated with EdTech

  • Limited Practical Attachment to Learning: Subjects of Science and technology include hands-on laboratory sessions, dissertation projects and field trips to complement theoretical studies.
  • This aspect of learning is severely limited in online education.
  • Limited Social Skill Enhancement: Education is not just about subject knowledge but also about developing social skills and sportsmanship among the students, which is built over the years.
  • Relying solely on online education may hinder the holistic development of children, and many may underperform later in their professional and personal lives.
  • Lack of Digital Infrastructure: While India enjoys a wide geographic and cultural diversity, it also suffers from a huge socio-economic divide, including non-uniformity of digital infrastructure facilities.
  • Interrupted power supply and weak or non-existent internet connectivity are major challenges hindering the percolation of online education at the grassroot.
  • Widening Gender Inequality: Online education may lead to a wider gender gap.
  • In a recent survey of 733 students studying in government schools in Bihar, only 28% of the girls had smartphones in their homes, in contrast to 36% of the boys.
  • However, girls were found to spend a disproportionately longer time on household chores than boys, which often overlapped with the time of telecast of these lessons.
  • Business Malpractice: With the growing market for digital education, Edtech companies are likely to engage in various forms of business malpractice to attract consumers.
  • Most recently, issues of misleading advertisements and unfair trade practices have come to light.
  • The Department of School Education and Literacy stated that ed-tech companies are luring parents in the garb of offering free services and getting the Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) Mandate signed or activating the auto-debit feature, especially targeting vulnerable families.
  • Educator-Learner Adaptability Concern: Using the internet for entertainment is common, but for online lessons is a big challenge.
  • Teachers may not be well-versed with creating digital content, and conveying it effectively online.
  • Similarly, a sudden expectation from them to upgrade, and from students to adapt, is unfair.

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