Delhi, 5th February, 2021: Godrej Interio, India’s leading furniture solutions brand, announced today the release of its exclusive whitepaper: The two sides of online teaching. The pandemic has forced education online. To study the developments in online education, its pros and cons, and the implication of the developments on the lifestyle of teachers working from home, the Workspace & Ergonomic Research Cell at Godrej Interio conducted a nation-wide study. The study comprised the inputs from over 300 teachers working in different private, government, and semi-aided education institutions.
As educators work in a more controlled and safer environment from home, not only do they save commute time but get an opportunity to spend more time with their family. Teachers enjoy the opportunity to up their digital literacy and make optimum use of resources along with having better control over their virtual class.
However, online teaching also has its share of challenges. The research revealed 39.3% of teachers have received formal technical training, whereas 21.4% have not; nearly 39.3% are self-taught.
A formal work setup plays a crucial role in setting up a positive environment for any professional. 31% of teachers do not have a dedicated workroom; they share the space with family members. In the current scenario, there is a requirement for a separate working area. The study revealed 63% of people use tables and chairs for teaching online. A dining table chair and desk, used by 25.4%; a bed, used by 22%, and a sofa, used by 25%. As many as 16% of teachers work sitting on the floor. These numbers suggest that teachers do not have a dedicated workspace.
72% of teachers face body pain issues while working from home. 19% reported that they sit bending forward while working on the bed without any back support. 14% said they sit cross-legged on the floor without proper back support. Both these postures frequently account for back pain and knee pain.
Sameer Joshi, Associate Vice President, Marketing (B2B), Godrej Interio, said, “This pandemic has made teachers change the approach toward teaching. Virtual teaching has been a part of our lives for longer than we anticipated. As the education system evolves across borders and education media, the responsibilities of teachers also keep growing. Online teaching comes with significant advantages as well as disadvantages. While technology, zero commute time, and safety work in teachers’ favour, factors like excessive gadget usage, irregular or no breaks, and social isolation affect them physically, emotionally, and psychologically. Basis these insights, it is imperative to establish a routine and learn step by step to ace online teaching. To ensure teachers’ wellbeing while working from home, we at Godrej Interio recommend the Teach from Home Webinar. Apart from this, we developed a guide for recommending solutions through which teachers can adopt a smoother routine to guard their health and virtual lessons.”
Considering the current situation, online learning has helped teachers in these dire times with benefits ranging- from being able to teach students through a screen to easily sharing notes with them. Not only does this transformation ensure teachers’ and students’ safety but also keeps the process of learning going. The option of teaching online has proved to be a blessing for the education system in some significant ways.
The whitepaper also shared the following set of remedies that can help teacher’s ace online teaching :
While children are waiting to get back to the schools, this spell of online learning will leave principals and teachers richer in terms of insights into what constitutes quality education and their attentiveness to deliver it. The challenges of quality online learning will be over sooner due to the inherent transparency of the medium. However, the real challenge is to manage the health of teachers while teaching online.
About Godrej Interio:
Godrej Interio (GI) is India’s premium furniture brand in both home and institutional segments with a strong commitment to sustainability and centers of excellence in design, manufacturing, and retail.
Led by the largest in-house design team in the country in the furniture category and awarded with 37 India Design Mark Awards till date, GI aims to transform spaces with its thoughtfully designed furniture to create brighter homes and offices with products that have the highest design quotient in aesthetics, functionality and technology. With consistent pursuit of excellence and a special focus on health and ergonomics, GI’s product portfolio comprises a massive range.
Today, we design and manufacture furniture for office spaces, homes, educational institutes, healthcare facilities, laboratories and more. Along with furniture we offer Audio Visual and 360 Degree Turnkey solutions. Each of our product range revolves around comfort and aesthetics while delivering well-designed, fun and functional furniture solutions. Briefly, Godrej Interio transforms dream spaces to life!
Godrej Interio has 7 manufacturing facilities situated at Mumbai, Khalapur, Haridwar, Shirwal, and Bhagwanpur. GI’s Shirwal Plant is Green Co Platinum Certified, and Mumbai Plants are Green Co Gold Certified. GI is widely known for its comprehensive sustainability certifications for its products in furniture category.
GI commitment to the environment has resulted in manufacturing products with lesser environment footprint. Our pioneering efforts include designing less environment burdening products, usage of eco-friendly materials and setting up less polluting and consuming processes, ensuring eco-friendly packaging and transportation and finally the extended responsibility of recycling/reuse of used furniture and scrap, thus ensuring a lifecycle approach to green. GI has the widest range of green choices for our customers which not only includes products but also services such as green interiors and recycling.
Currently present in over 650 cities with 250 exclusive showrooms and 800 dealers, GI is one of the largest divisions of Godrej and Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd., part of the Godrej Group, one of India's largest engineering and customer product groups.
The brand boasts of noteworthy awards received so far- CII Exim Bank Award for Business Excellence 2016, Superbrands 2017-18, Reader’s Digest Most Trusted Brand 2018 Gold (Home Furniture and Modular Kitchen), TRA’s India’s Most Consumer focused brand 2019, GreenCo Star Performer Award 2019, National Energy Leader Award at CII National Award for Excellence in Energy Management 2018.
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