THE RISE OF ONLINE LEARNING AMID COVID-19 PANDEMIC
By Esha Mahendra , 2 Min Read
In the view of ongoing pandemic Covid-19, we have experienced a significant surge in the use of digital technologies for education in various domains. Be it, innocent KG kids or University students, today all of them are being educated through online mode. Moreover, these technologies were an effective medium to gently ease us in imparting education but up to a limited extent.
The sudden lockdown and shutting down of all academic institutions became a hurdle for conducting classes and sessions for students. Physical classrooms became deserted and face to face interaction seems impossible. Therefore, to bridge the gap between students and their mentors, video conferencing and meeting applications like Zoom, Webex, Google Meet, etc. have come into existence. Even their demand is increased by professionals as work-from-home culture saw a boom.
Initially, these online classes were an exciting way for all to interact. Kids got their homework done at home sitting in the bed, poetry recitation is taught to them over videos on laptops or mobiles. Senior school students began learning through video lectures and got their doubts clarified in minutes without taking risk of going to schools or coachings. University students attended their seminars, submitted assignments and even gave viva voce over these emerging applications.
With the due time, peoples’ screen interaction went up, and problems arose. Questions like “how productive are these classes?”, “how feasible it is for everyone to attend them?”, “aren’t the problems rooted in health care?” and many more. The internet is the basic backbone behind these classes but does everyone have access to that? The answer is a big NO, people living in remote areas or with inconsistent internet data feel far behind in this concern.
Kids devoting more hours on laptops and mobiles further increase their screen time. It becomes highly problematic when it comes to doing things like group projects where grouping together is required. Moreover, the teachers and professors working on delivering lectures and sessions suffer frequently. They have to set up the environment virtually, compose effective and interesting presentations. While students at home can attend them eating, sitting in pyjamas, lying on beds and even surfing social media keeping lectures in the background. But is this all we have?
There are some pros too; if we envision this as a long-term idea then it’s cost-effective. No such infrastructure is required; the even time limit is not present. Otherwise, examinations can be conducted in just a click, and students can be monitored via web cameras.
Nonetheless, we can’t forget the class 10 student from Kerala who committed suicide as she had no laptop or smartphone to merely attend online classes. In that manner, the facility of devices comes into question. Further, Kashmiri students who hardly are given 4G internet suffer on a daily basis. Thus the government’s role in this regard must be examined and innovative methods like ‘google balloons’, for instance, should be adopted for providing Internet facility to remote places.
Education is primary but safety is first. Therefore, with time we will perceive how our education system evolves and what more is yet to come. Education is primary but safety is first. Hoping for a revolution in our education system, online classes continue because learning never ends.
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Esha Mahendra is a volunteer with Quillopia. The views expressed are the author’s own.