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Is the “Guru” Touch Missing in E-Learning?

Excerpts from the speech by our Vice-Principal Ms. Helen. C Mary at the 16th World Education Summit held on February 21-22, Hyderabad

Helen C Mary - Our Vice-Principal at The World Education Summit

A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches a heart.

As Mahatma Gandhiji quoted “Education means all-round drawing of the best in child and man in body, mind, and spirit.”

This can be well connected to Bloom’s taxonomy of learning domains:

  • Cognitive – Mental skills
  • Affective – Growth in feelings or emotions and
  • Psychomotor – Physical skills.

As we educate students, we work on all-round development and which is possible only with the GURU present in the classroom.

In e-learning, the GURU touch is missing as it caters to just cognitive domain. There is no scope for development of affective and psychomotor domains.

Synchronous e-learning to a small extent caters to affective domain as there would be a teacher/ trainer present at the other end during webinar/virtual classroom / video conference. But then there is no scope for catering to psychomotor domain.

There are 3Qs that we are aware of.

  1. Intelligence Quotient (IQ)
  2. Emotional Quotient (EQ), and
  3. Social Quotient (SQ)

EQ and SQ make one manage better than the other.

But there is a 4th Q which is important – The Adversity Quotient.

The Adversity Quotient (AQ) 

It is the measure of your ability to go through a rough patch in life and come out without losing one’s mind.

So Educators do not prepare the road for the children, but prepare the children for the road.

Without a GURU/ teacher present in the classroom all these would not be possible. In this technological era, a teacher should also be equipped with technological skills to use that as a tool to make the teaching learning process effective.

Helen C Mary
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Helen Mary.C
Vice Principal
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