24th Aug Current Affairs News Analysis | Prelims & Mains 2020

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24th Aug Current Affairs News Analysis | Prelims & Mains 2020

Dear Aspirants
IASbhai 24th Aug Current Affairs News Analysis is an initiative to dilute major articles from leading Newspapers in India which are most relevant to UPSC preparation –‘THE HINDU, LIVEMINT , INDIAN EXPRESS’ and help millions of readers who find difficulty in answer writing and making notes everyday. Hence we choose articles on daily basis and analyse them with respect to UPSC PRELIMS 2020.

“Don’t raise your voice, improve your argument.” –Anonymous

HIGHLIGHT INFO:

ORANGE COLOUR: Important for Prelims.

RED COLOUR: Important for Mains.

BLACK COLOUR: Must Read !

BLUE COLOUR : Important Links/Survey.

PINK COLOUR: Reports/Themes/Summits.

The learning must go on

      HEADLINES:

The learning must go on

      WHY IN NEWS:

Like colleges, corporates too have moved online to resume their training and development programmes for graduate hires

SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 3:Education

      ISSUE: 

During the pandemic, the spotlight has largely been on educational institutions that are shifting to online methods of learning.

Several companies are making this transition too; specifically, departments that handle training of graduate hires and new recruits.

ONLINE TRAINING VS COURSES

  • The Foundation Training programme focusses on enabling the graduate hires to develop enterprise applications that require training on full-stack technologies.
  • In the final phase, they work on a capstone project that provides them with the experience of how a real-life project is executed .

Apart from technical skills, soft skills such as communication skills, corporate etiquette, time management, teamwork and design thinking skills form a part of the training.

  • These focus on aiding the individuals’ transition from an education campus to a corporate environment.

CHALLENGES

  • One is the non-availability of hardware and software infrastructure and stable Internet connectivity that hampers online learning.
  • Another is the disjointed collaboration tools that impact the virtual classroom experience. A third is the lack of peer learning opportunities.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

  • Personalisation and immediate feedback of this sort will make our online courses nearly as effective as our classroom sessions.
  • Classroom time will be utilised for in-person discussions, exchange of knowledge and ideas and to nurture critical thinking.
     SOURCES:THE HINDU & PIB | 24th Aug Current Affairs News Analysis

Transitioning to Online learning

      HEADLINES:

One step at a time

      WHY IN NEWS:

Transitioning to online learning may seem like a seismic shift. Here are some tips to help you settle into the new system.

SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 3:Education

      ISSUE: 

Transitioning to online learning may seem like a seismic shift. Here are some tips to help you settle into the new system.

ADOPTING ONLINE LEARNING

  • The COVID-19 pandemic has left everyone in a state of conflict.
  • And nowhere is this more manifest than in education.
  • Despite the uncertainty and speculation surrounding it, e-learning is here to stay .

E-CLASS VS. TRADITIONAL

Don’t discriminate between online and traditional learning.

  • Take notes during class.
  • Hold yourself accountable and push yourself to be more dedicated.
  • If you find it difficult to cope, work with a friend. Find the right person to support and motivate you.
  • Also, a bit of healthy competition between your friend and you will bring out your best performance.

STICK TO A SCHEDULE

  • Don’t fall victim to the vicious cycle of waking up late, sleeping late, and then waking up late again.

E-learning’s flexibility factor can be both favourable and fatal.
 

  • The online class is as difficult as a traditional class.
  • So, ensure you don’t lag behind by creating a weekly and daily study schedule.

SOCIAL DISTANCE FROM SOCIAL MEDIA

  • Mute, or better still, turn off such notifications.

Set designated hours for being on social media.

  • If this doesn’t help, resort to website blocking apps to help you focus during the stipulated study time.

SET UP YOUR STUDY SPACE

  • Even though e-learning is about flexibility, create a well-defined, neat, and organised space to attend online classrooms and to study in.
  • Ensure the space is as far away as possible from your sleeping and entertainment spaces, as well as from foot traffic at home.

Equip it with all the essentials like study material to necessary technological support.   

PARTICIPATE ACTIVELY

  • It is crucial to contribute your ideas to class discussions.

This isn’t just about grades, but about learning.

  • Ask and answer questions, and actively engage.
  • Collaborate with your peers in brainstorming sessions for projects and sharing of resources. Try using apps to brainstorm ideas.

HAVE A VIRTUAL SOCIAL LIFE

  • Social distancing and remote learning don’t mean you can’t have a social life.
  • Do it virtually! Building and maintaining your social network is especially critical in times like this, as your peers are a steady source of ideas, support, and inspiration.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

  • The transition to online learning is a seismic shift for everyone.
  • Remember, it is all about having and maintaining a balance and let this only be a recreation and not a complete distraction.
     SOURCES:THE HINDU & PIB | 24th Aug Current Affairs News Analysis

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