GLOKALde April 2021, ISSN 2148-7278 Volume: 7 Number: 1, Article 3
ONLINE TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC IN INDIA: LESSONS FOR POLICYMAKERS
The abrupt closure of educational institutions during the Covid-19 pandemic forced the education systems across the world, including India, to migrate to the online mode of teaching and learning. Several institutions and organizations in India, motivated by the successful conduction of online teaching-learning activities, started offering teachers' professional development activities via the online medium during the Covid-19 pandemic. In a way, the pandemic period provided an alternative route to offer professional development programs for teachers. This paper attempts to critically analyze the teacher professional development offerings in India during the Covid-19 pandemic. The analysis reveals that, in general, the pandemic period has witnessed a surge of online teacher professional development activities in India, and the majority of teachers attended such programs while confining to their workplaces or homes. Based on these reflections, this paper proposes five lessons for policymakers regarding popularizing and taking the benefit of online teacher professional development activities.