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Apr
29

Learning in the time of COVID-19 – Students reflect on the shift to online curriculum and unplanned career moves

Even after growing up in a truly globalized world, I never expected to see technology taking over the education space as early as my early 20s. I mean, to be frank, we all know that knowledge is merely a mouse-click away in today’s world, but what no one was expecting is to see this as almost the only source to get educated. All courtesy the Coronavirus-led disruption!” – Bhavya Kalra, first-year student MBA- HR.

It is quite hard to think of a time when every single school and educational institution accepted lockdown at around the same time and for the same reason. While most of us are aware of the challenges this lockdown has brought in our lives, what might be the implications for the education sector to continue delivering excellence to its students?

The foremost thing to bring into action – to ensure that education institutions are still able to count on their possibilities – is to go the technology-way and switch from traditional curriculum to online or at least a blended curriculum.

At FIIB, it has been one and half months already for the faculty to experience teaching and mentoring in a virtual manner. Let’s see what our FIIBians have to say on this aspect of learning in the time of COVID-19:

On the shift to Online Curriculum

Given the spread of the outbreak, I’m quite sure about one thing that this sudden shift to online classes will not stop in a month or two, which means I need to assess and evaluate my learning outcomes,” says Shirley Rex, first-year MBA-Finance student

While asked what’s the one positive change she’s feeling these days with the start of online curriculum, she said “earlier with traditional curriculum, self-assessment and self-evaluation wasn’t really in my to-do list as I knew my faculty would never deny my request for a one-to-one doubts session. Luckily, my faculty still won’t deny if I request her the same but now I’ve learnt the hard truth of being responsible – You need to make more efforts at your own end in order to reap the fruit of success.

I am unable to get why people even say that there’s a shift. For me, everything’s quite the same – I’m still struggling to complete my assignments on given deadlines, reaching (logging in) late to the class as usual, and even getting easily distracted whenever faculty asks everyone to give undivided attention,” says Nirbhay Godlaw, first-year MBA-HR student.

While asked what he is missing the most of all the things that are affected by this lockdown, he said “I don’t know whether you believe me or not but If you had told me a few months ago that I would be praying to go to college, I would’ve laughed and called you crazy. But, now I can literally say that College was my main source of communicating with people.

On Unplanned Career Moves

“LinkedIn is your key to strengthen your professional network, engage with likewise domain leaders, and update your corporate acumen. I would’ve started taking all my Faculty and Industrial Connect Session lectures seriously way earlier if I was aware of the potential LinkedIn carries,” says Simran Nagpal, first-year MBA-Marketing student

She was looking for ways to turn this lockdown threat into a meaningful career opportunity, and has finally unleashed her quarantine-success happiness via posting consistently on LInkedIn. 

Simran is very happy to have decoded the secret behind organic growth on LinkedIn and says that “LinkedIn algos are my new quarantine friends with whom I spend most of my time, that too energetically!

Even after growing up in a truly globalized world, I had never expected to see technology taking over the education space as early as my early 20s. I mean, to be frank, we all know that knowledge is merely a mouse-click away in today’s world, but what no one was expecting is to see this as the only source to get educated. All courtesy the Coronavirus-led disruption,” says Bhavya Kalra, first-year student MBA- HR.

Bhavya, who desires to be a HR professional, focuses a lot to enhance her technical skills these days as she has well-understood what the future will be all about. She says that “to become a face in an organization that drives creativity, innovation and balance, she will have to set a balance with her acumen first.

On Catching-up With What was Missing 

“I am a very calm and fun-loving person. I don’t need much of the things to get me entertained, just a bit of music, tasty food, and quality time with myself to be happy even during this lockdown. While I was literally bored of doing all these things, I thought of what else I could do to keep myself engaged. And it strikes me that what’s better than taking some time off to sketch,” says Akash Mathews, first-year MBA-Marketing student. 

Akash is enjoying getting back to the world of imagination where he is happily sketching with his set of pencils. He genuinely believes that everyone should take a break from the rat race and practice self-love for a change. 

Being a YouTuber, I always struggle to find time to make new videos – from writing lyrics to directing the story. Now that college is closed for a bit and classes are online, I’m utilising the commute time and investing it on my rapping passion.” says Abhishek Singh, first-year MBA-Marketing student. 

Abhishek is going all out to ensure he’s making most of the given time and has also created a video on “FIIB Racers – The Corona Song” along with his friends which has been liked by many online. 

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