More than 45 per cent of faculty in higher education institutions in India have gone to great lengths to manage during the COVID-19 pandemic by continually learning to improve their digital skills, resulting in extreme fatigue and exhaustion of energy levels, according to a new report.
The report is based on a survey by QS IGAUGE, which ranks Indian colleges and universities with full operational control held by London-based Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), which is featured in the coveted world university rankings.
More than 1,700 faculty members from across the country participated in the 2020 Faculty Academic Excellence Review (FARE).
“It is important to note that online teaching during the pandemic is not the same as before COVID-19. The added emotional baggage of uncertainty, along with concerns about physical and psychological health, job security, finances, and many more, will surely have an adverse impact and make the sudden, and for many quite unpleasant, transition to teaching. online, “the report said.
“At least 46 percent of the faculty members surveyed said they have worked hard to manage by continually learning to improve their digital competencies and skills, resulting in extreme tiredness and depletion of energy levels,” he added .
The report has cited factors such as being under constant observation while teaching through an unfamiliar medium with entirely new tools, difficulty engaging students and getting them to respond and collaborate during lessons, and assessing learning outcomes as the main challenges. faced by teachers during the period.
“The transition to online classes has not been easy for teachers and keeping everyone safe in cyberspace has been a huge challenge. While approximately 9 percent of those surveyed claimed to have witnessed a sharp increase in their stress and anxiety levels, 52 percent reported a moderate increase in anxiety levels after the switch to teaching online, ”he said.
According to the report, a significant proportion of teachers responded positively, stating that their relationship has improved with students (41 percent), colleagues (43 percent), and administration (41 percent).
“While a similar proportion of respondents did not indicate such a change, 17.4 percent of faculty members stated that their relationship with students has worsened after the switch to online teaching. The response to the deterioration of the relationship with colleagues was 8 percent and management 9.9 percent, ”he said.
“The data also revealed that 30 percent of respondents lacked technical knowledge, digital skills, virtual learning resources, etc., while 70 percent of respondents were victorious when they managed to sit proudly in front of a laptop. to teach your remote student in the online class, ”the report added.
Universities and colleges were closed in the country in mid-March this year to contain the spread of the new coronavirus. On March 25, a nationwide shutdown was announced.
While the central government has allowed the gradual reopening of educational institutions based on the local COVID-19 situation, most teaching-learning activities continue to be online.