HYDERABAD, India, Sept. 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — In order to address the situation prevailing due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the educational sector, the central and state Ministries of HRD, UGC and various state level education departments have started promoting only the eContent repositories and virtual meeting platforms such as Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams etc. for conducting live sessions. Providing access to eContent and conducting live sessions do not guarantee meaningful learning to students nor track their engagement.    

With an intent to prevent academic year loss for students and to continue teaching during the period of global disruption, ICFAI Business School (IBS) has transformed its teaching-learning-assessment processes into more engaging and impactful through an integrated blended online learning approach, i.e. blending synchronous-asynchronous. IBS eLearning Department has taken the following initiatives to make rapid and smooth transition to blended online learning.

Capacity building

10-Day capacity-building programme for 250 ICFAI

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Edvoy, an education consultancy platform, carried out a survey on students’ interest in applying for higher education abroad amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The study indicated that 35 per cent of the students desire to go to Canada for higher education in September 2020, and 33 per cent of students voted for Ireland.

Conversely, the survey also revealed that for the January 2021 intake, the United States has been voted as the most-preferred study abroad destination by the students followed by Canada.

The survey highlights that 43 per cent of the students have planned to go ahead with their education in the US.

Worldwide lockdown

The imposition of worldwide lockdown led to travel bans and quarantines, and closure of all educational institutes. As an outcome of the situation, several international universities showed a willingness to adopt a blended learning model.

The survey showed that 42 per cent of the students, aspiring

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