October 2021
ISSN 2148-7278
Volume: 7 Number: 2


Global and Lokal Distance Education - GLOKALde October 2021, ISSN 2148-7278
Volume: 7  Number: 2, Article 3

MINDFUL TEACHING AND ADOPTING RESILIENT COURSE DESIGN IN DISTANCE EDUCATION

Poonam VOHRA
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8453-8224
Educationist
Retired Post Graduate Teacher (Economics)
Ramjas School, R.K. Puram, New Delhi, INDIA
[email protected]

ABSTRACT

Due to COVID-19, educational institutions are shut across the world. There has been a sudden shift from traditional to online teaching. Many educational institutions offer Distance Education courses and programs to meet the diverse educational needs of the students. As a result, education has changed dramatically. Whatever is the form of education (school-aged, higher learning, or institutional), all have greatly optimized this window of opportunity. Since its inception, there has been a tremendous rise of e-learning and teaching has been undertaken remotely on digital platforms. Teachers have been facing challenges due to lack of resources, lack of technical know-how, uncertainties resulting in loss of classes that teachers hoped to teach; loss of connection with students, colleagues, and friends; loss of good health, or additional health complications; loss of income; loss of loved ones; and perhaps a loss of hope. There have been financial, technical, and pedagogical issues as major problems. Remote Teaching and learning are slipping towards mediocrity. A stressful work environment has led to moral and emotional distress, burnout, compassion fatigue, and now zoom fatigue too. Considering that current socio-economic and technological trends will have a significant impact on the future of teaching and learning, one must take control of situations and have a proactive attitude. Distress needs to be transformed into resilience as it gives emotional strength. This study aims to emphasize mindful teaching by adopting resilient pedagogy and building resilience in course design through hybrid learning models. Such learning models enable flexible movement between remote and in-person experiences and make classes, assignments, and assessments as resistant to disruption as possible. It will also help institutions to ensure continuity of course delivery through future crises.

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