Connectivity through virtual space – fighting COVID-19 with brain power!

As an educationist, I foresee we as a nation must be ready to embrace the challenge of COVID-19 and be ready to fight this pandemic with the power of knowledge to bridge the gap and connecting schools to home. RIS&C took the bold pioneering move to inculcate virtual education all across Pakistan. We as determined educational institution paved the way to digitalize learning in 21st century and took it to large scale during unfortunate pandemic situation to reach each and every student by using all possible digital mediums from LMS to mobile apps. RIS – Learning Management System (LMS) has digitised the learning process in a transformational process.

RIS – virtual learning platform believe in the optimal utilization of technology to give road map of online learning to the whole world and follow the global practices in this difficult time. Virtual learning platform is basically cloud hosted, unified, flexible, secure and vigorous initiative to manage digital learning through web, Microsoft-teams. We have established an uninterrupted connectivity between nationwide campuses, teachers, students and parents in very efficient manner, so that they can connect anywhere, anytime in the country as well as in the world.

We have established an integrated system through Microsoft teams and Learning management system, which has helped students to have full access to the real time lectures and supporting uploaded videos on MS teams and LMS. Roots Academy of Professional Development and Intellectual Development (RAPID) is working rigorously to equip more than 3,000 teachers and staff online training and workshops, which is ultimately contributing to social inclusion and development of the country during these challenging times.

I believe that continuity of instruction in the event of the loss of an instructional day, due to any circumstances, is a critical component to our students’ success. Therefore, we all must adapt/implement Virtual Learning Environment. A virtual learning environment is a designed information space. The Virtual Learning Environment format allows faculty to provide instruction in the case of school closure and maintain the momentum established in the classroom. Students continue to learn through the use of personal devices, Learning Management System, MS teams, online learning resources, other electronic and digital media to ensure interpreted instructions. A virtual learning environment integrates multiple tools and virtual space is a space for innovation.

Driven by the phenomenon adversity bring opportunity, we have taken special measures in this critical times. We are taking the ownership to adopt this innovative approach and preparing our stakeholders including parents, students and teachers for every circumstances. We are more concerned about safety, well-being and health of our students. We focus on uninterrupted, unprecedented, more visible, resilience and responsible connectivity of schools to home through this futuristic virtual learning platform. we educationists all across Pakistan need to come forward and connect with children immediately without wasting a single day of their time contributing in expansion of knowledge in this natural calamity and helping in economic growth of country though imparting academic excellence to the young ones.

Creativity Embraces innovation

As it is Well Said: “Creativity is the currency of 21st Century”. The 21st Century demand requires students to live and work in rapidly changing technological society. Creativity is the skill to see new prospects, to produce unique ideas, to flexibly acclimate to changing situations, and to apply one’s imagination to solve intricate problems. Creativity processes and people always join together and come up with innovative solutions to their problems. In the modern world, every organization or individual is striving to achieve profit which is only possible through creativity. Intrinsically, creativity is key to success through engaging in divergent thinking.

Education helps students to develop visual learning, learning to perceive and respond to the visual world with increased and discriminating judgement. The cognitive predictors believe that creative achievement is not only intelligence but also to think critically. Learning is the key element which children can gain through substantial understanding of others and themselves through study of art and artists of different cultures and historical periods. They learn to view art as a reflection of believes, cultural ideas, social conditions, develop thinking, verbal skills through discussions and art expressions in which life and art are compared and contrasted. Art education today is well connected to every communicating medium.

As a forerunner of educational institute, I simply believe in adapting a teaching methodology, which comprehensively focus on both creative and critical thinking to enable child to become self-governing, self-confident and contributing member of the society.

In modern world, creativity is the tool which is going to increase employee opportunities and engagements. An organization that embraces creativity will automatically welcome innovation and that will find the ways to be succeeded. Creativity promotes well-being and happiness in child. When a child expresses his/ her creativity, develops analytical and problem solving skills, adapt change, ultimately become holistic individual with healthy brain and ready to led a prosperous country.

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