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Design Thinking for Online Instruction in India

Volume 6, Issue 6, December 2021    |    PP. 237-252    |PDF (210 K)|    Pub. Date: November 16, 2021
DOI: 10.54647/education88299    12 Downloads     126 Views  

Author(s)
Pamila Dembla, Information Systems and Security, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, USA
Yash Nihal Rajpal, Downington East High School, Exton, USA
Hersh Mathur, Campbell High School, Marietta, USA

Abstract
India is the second most populous nation in the world and has been greatly impacted by COVID-19 causing extensive damage in terms of death as well as living conditions. Aside from health and economic consequences, COVID-19 has affected the education sector as well. As a result of lockdowns and social distancing mandates, students were unable to attend school and colleges and had to depend on technology for their education. Many schools were unprepared. Some schools did not have the financial resources for technology and their teachers were not adequately trained to instruct online. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the implementation of design thinking methodology for providing a faculty and student driven solution for online instruction in a suburban low-income school in India. This paper explains the process of understanding the issues affecting online education in India and training 90 faculty to successfully instruct online. Lack of internet connectivity and affordable technology are major hindrances for education in India.

Keywords
India, Covid-19, online education, design thinking

Cite this paper
Pamila Dembla, Yash Nihal Rajpal, Hersh Mathur, Design Thinking for Online Instruction in India, SCIREA Journal of Education. Vol. 6 , No. 6 , 2021 , pp. 237 - 252 . https://doi.org/10.54647/education88299

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