Kavitta B Bedi
Expert View


In the year gone by, the world has faced several unprecedented disruptions leading to historic changes in livelihoods, the business landscape, and even daily routines. One such significant interruption was in the field of education, where the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in schools shutting down across the world. Globally, over 1.2 billion children were out of the classroom during the lockdown period.

As a result, the education system and the way in which knowledge is consumed changed dramatically. For over three decades, technology has been a harbinger of a revolution in education. During the pandemic, this movement gained momentum, making technology a resolute enabler that allows us to innovate, collaborate and personalize our experience; both in-person and online. On the thrust of technology, there has been a paradigm shift from traditional classroom learning to E-learning. For many, this has been a positive transformation, breaking down geographic barriers, and allowing students to learn at their own pace and engage with the material in a more interactive way.

Online education goes beyond the realms of secondary, post-secondary and tertiary education. This system encapsulates the value of a student beyond grades and marks. Online education allows anyone, anywhere to become a student, as long as they express the intent to learn and unlearn. Online learning also allows us to reconsider the conventional structure of education; every stakeholder involved in the ecosystem now has the opportunity to move beyond their respective roles and re-imagine themselves in novel ways.

Owing to these digital aids, students are now as much the creators of knowledge as they are consumers of it. This means more mobility both inside and outside the classroom. ‘Skillset’ has outdone archaic methods of creating benchmarks. Aspirants can choose to write, enact, or speak while presenting their ideas and thoughts. The way you present has become crucial and reinforced the focus on enhanced learning. In line with this progression, digital interviews are a pathbreaking intervention which enable students and job seekers alike to use digital tools in order to express themselves clearly and effectively.

What’s interesting about using digital tools in the admissions or job application process is how quickly it switches from intimidating to empowering. The ultimate objective of a digital interview is to ensure that everyone reviewing your application gains an unbiased insight into your unique identity. In the absence of a real conversation with your reviewer, remember your application is your dialogue. Deliver it well.

Online interview platforms like Xtraview are paving a path to transform the education infrastructure into a more robust and agile system. They are committed to not only educating students, but also empowering them and making them future ready. They endeavor to give every student an equal, unbiased opportunity to seize their dreams and succeed.

What Next?

Online education is expected to witness promising growth in the coming decade.
The online education market in India was valued at INR 39 billion in 2018 and is expected to reach INR 360.3 billion by 2024, expanding at a CAGR of ~43.85% during the 2019-2024 period. We are also witnessing a sentiment improvement with the inoculation drive picking momentum and optimistic budgetary announcements.

Our education ecosystem needs to be more inclusive with E-learning gaining a foothold in the formal education setup. One of the key advantages of online education is its ability to scale up easily. Although schools have started reopening in phases, the need to maintain social distancing and focus on health and safety of students will make it prudent for schools and students to adopt online education. In a bid to reshape the education landscape, universities are now allowed to offer online curriculum to students. This gives massive impetus to the future of online education.

Being a front-runner of this evolution, Kavita B Bedi, Co-Founder of Xtraview emphasizes on the importance of digital learning and says, “Online education bolstered by Digital tools are the need of the hour. The shift in mindset and adoption of technology has given a positive breakthrough to E-learning. At Xtraview we are firmly committed to augmenting development and cultivating technology that will be a holistic enabler to promote Digital India and revolutionize the education system”.

The world has changed, and the future of online education is clear. It is now up to us to adapt to this new environment and way of learning and embrace all that it has to offer.

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