The pandemic that has happened caused everyone to be shut in. People remain indoors in some way or the other. The cities are closed, you can walk down the street unless it’s urgent. Crisis has melted the whole economic system you thought you knew.
There are no proper equipment being provided, everything has been shut down including educational institutions and you are probably wondering what next is going to happen. Children are unable to go to schools because schools, colleges have all been shut down.
The transition from traditional classroom to online classroom can be a hectic one. Trying to figure out your way around the mechanisms surrounding online teaching is not as easy as it seems. Well, this is all we have to rely on as of now. The imposition of lockdown gave rise to the use of technology in the educational sector.
With no movement for months, life must still go on in best ways possible. Students are being taught online or through online recordings so they won’t be left way way behind. Education has to continue after all. In this time, online education is a new concept for some developing countries.
The new trend has to be grasped and used effectively well but the transition has been a lot difficult. The concept of reliance on technology to teach both children and adults alike has come to stay. It has been necessary that everyone understands fully how to transition best into it and what it connotes. Everyone has to be part of these virtual classrooms.
There are several platforms used to conduct classes like;
and so on.
However there is a difference between online classes being conducted and IN-DEMAND/LIVE classes.
The demand for at home learning has become so high in demand as of recent which is no surprise to anyone. Schools were shut for almost half a year. The increasing number of cases forced the shutdown and the situation was not favorable at all to resume the regular classes.
This means that students kept depending on virtual classrooms for their academics. Institutions with the help of technology reached out to their students and made sure that their studies were not affected.
THE PROS AND CONS OF ONLINE LEARNING.
Getting any service delivered to your home relieves you of stress especially in this present situation. This works perfectly if there is a good infrastructure in place to give it the right boost it needs. If not, it is a long-term catastrophe as students are not going to attach value to it’s processes.
The problem of transition has prevailed but it can be handled smoothly with the proper orientation. Students attending lectures from the comfort of their homes with the use of platforms like Google meet, zoom etc.
Though this may seem easy, it especially is not. A lot of distractions come into play and as a result of this, there is an unpleasing drop in grade and academic speed in most individual students.
The government and necessary organizations try their best to smoothen this transition by providing new platforms to upskill teachers organizing counseling sessions for stakeholders like students, parents, and teachers are the prominent steps in this direction. In every crisis, children and the less privileged face the most issues. Their study process got interrupted halfway.
Some of them are from places where they aren’t exposed to such level of technology and have seen it fail. The transition is especially harsh on these ones. The other concerns are also there for students. The increased screen time is worrisome for the parents of primary class students. Exposure to screens at such a younger age can prove to be disastrous and distracting.
The shift from traditional face to face to online learning is driven by lifestyle, economic factor, course choice etc. One of the most important factors in this shift is accessibility to courses and confirmation and demonstration of basic skillset.