COVID-19 pandemic forced teaching and learning to go online in a big way. Teachers and students both embarked upon a journey into several unchartered territories of online world. It all started with difficulties and subtle sense of negation. Then started the phase of explorations, experimentations and adaptation. Finally, as it got extended further, there started a third phase wherein both teachers and students admitted their love for online teaching and learning. This empirical story of exploration through the three phases of negation, adaptation and falling in love with the online teaching and learning reveals perfect demonstration of ‘Stockholm Syndrome’.
Passion and purpose are central to building an academic culture and they are also interchangeably depending upon each other. Without passion, no purpose can travel a long way, while without purpose, passion alone cannot produce desired results. If we continuously work on these 4 precepts, it is possible to build an academic culture which delivers, thrives and resonate with students and faculty in equal measures.
Weariness is the biggest danger deterring learning of students. There is a lot we can learn to overcome this ‘hurdle in learning’ through our experience as a teacher and, of course, Kolb’s description of learning style.
Faculty must learn to differentiate course syllabus into Vital, Essential, and Desirable (VED) for maximizing gains out of their time-bound teaching engagement.
Informal learning is quite often neglected; however, it can play a crucial role in strengthening formal learning.