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COVID-19 pandemic and online learning

Globally, over 1.2 billion children are out of the classroom. As a result, education has changed dramatically, with the distinctive rise of e-learning, whereby teaching is undertaken remotely and on digital platforms

Post by on Saturday, January 15, 2022

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Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in Wuhan city of China during December 2019 and its fast spread in almost every part of globe, the world has been caught up in a situation never experienced before in recent past. With the announcement of lockdown across the globe, the colorful life came to a halt. Every sector got badly affected. Even the economically sound and developed nations couldn’t bear the damage caused by the invisible enemy of humanity. Poor people found it very hard to earn from hand to mouth. Patients couldn’t reach hospitals due to disappearance of traffic on roads.

Economy of almost all the countries turned sluggish. However the most affected sector is the education sector because educational institutions were shut in view of the chances of Covid-19 spread among the children. Government machinery as well as teaching community of valley like in other parts of globe, geared up themselves to come up with some sort of an alternative to compensate the academic loss of students. So teaching through internet via various modes was initiated. Soon the government made it mandatory for every teaching official to download Zoom app and restore teaching through it.

The COVID-19 has resulted in schools shut all across the world. Globally, over 1.2 billion children are out of the classroom. As a result, education has changed dramatically, with the distinctive rise of e-learning, whereby teaching is undertaken remotely and on digital platforms.

On daily basis the educational institutions conducted online classes through Zoom app, Google classrooms etc with the intention to minimise the academic loss of students. Every institution instantly framed the timetable of teaching officials and they were directed to conduct the online classes according to the framed schedule.

Online teaching classes for all under and post graduate students in the Kashmir valley has become a daily requirement for all the students for the learning skills of day by day and becomes a successful tool for both teachers and students in the present situation due to Covid-19 and all the teaching practice going through the zoom and Google classes. Research suggests that online learning has been shown to increase retention of information, and take less time, meaning the changes coronavirus have caused might be here to stay.

 

 

While countries are at different points in their COVID-19 infection rates, worldwide there are currently more than 1.2 billion children in 186 countries affected by school closures due to the pandemic. Even before COVID-19, there was already high growth and adoption in education technology, with global edtech investments reaching US$18.66 billion in 2019 and the overall market for online education projected to reach $350 Billion by 2025. Whether it is language apps, virtual tutoring, video conferencing tools, or online learning software, there has been a significant surge in usage since COVID-19.

Zoom has taken several steps to shore up its videoconferencing platform as Americans grew reliant on tools to navigate remote work and schooling. Last month, Zoom introduced Apps, merging popular productivity and entertainment services including games directly into the Zoom experience. The platform also launched an events tool to host hybrid meetings or conferences directly within Zoom.

Online classes and traditional classes greatly differ in the effect of learning. In traditional classes, student will have more hands-on activity than online classes. In traditional classes, most materials are provided by the school while in online classes student would be the one to provide all your materials needed. What’s also good about online classes is student can automatically research about the assignments given on the Internet. Student resources are available on the Internet. In traditional classes, student can’t automatically do the research in school especially when there are no available computers or other research materials. Not all schools have complete research materials like public schools.

Most people prefer traditional classes than online classes because with traditional classes student will not only study and learn through the discussion of the teacher, but will also learn how to socialize with other people. Students can also build their confidence in mingling with different kinds of people and can also do a lot of physical activities, and students can build a great relationship with your classmates. In online classes, socializing with others is limited. The only person you will be talking to is your teacher during the class.

Some students choose online classes while others prefer traditional. There are also some who want both. In any case, whichever the student chooses, what is important are the benefits taken from each type of education.

In a physical classroom, the teacher is free to move the learners around, grouping them in different ways and laying out the class in a way that will make the activities run smoothly. Online classrooms usually have a text function built in which can act as a back channel for the audience to make sure they are engaged.

Rehana Ahanger, a housewife by profession and ex- school teacher is fully agreed with the latest trend of the online classes for under graduate, post graduate and scholar students of the universities all across the world and new trends of the globally adopted e-learning solutions being adopted again and again especially in Covid-19 all across the world shows a positive approach for the education quality and impact on students for learning and reading features of the students.

Rehana’s everyday schedule starts with the online class schedule of her two sons Mohammad Naumaan (7) and Mohammad Adnaan (5) years of age studying in UKG and LKG classes in Legends School of Education, Srinagar and during the whole day she keeps track of all the study and learning of the school kids and never miss any online class scheduled by the school management. Rehana kept them punctual to the zoom and google online classes as it is a daily routine for them to get all kind of teaching skills to the students in this period of Covid -19 at home. She had made a planned time table for the kids for all the activities like a school keeps during the day time and kept herself available with all other work of the home as well.

Likewise Abida Tariq, another housewife and former school teacher having two daughters Aisha Tariq (6) and Maryam Tariq (4) years old as both studying in RP School, MalaBagh, Srinagar  is also keeping open eyes on all the online schedule of school classes to nurture the kids with the updated information and knowledge of the school.

Abida having a vast vision of teaching experience of the e-learning solutions being adopted by the school from time to time says that the new e-learning trends in the present circumstances of Covid-19 is working in a excellent manner as e-tutorials by the schools and the universities got 100% success for both teachers as well under graduate and post graduate students.

Both Rehana and Abida like other mothers of the Kashmir valley in the current harsh winter season are giving top priority to the studies of the kids and providing all the required arrangement for the kids at homes to keep them warm for the online class schedules.

However, to salvage the academic session, schools in the valley took to various means, including online classes, to impart education to the students. Teachers from both the government as well as private schools have started delivering online lectures through various platforms like WhatsApp, Zoom and Google Classroom among others.

Adil Hussain, Assistant Professor at Government Women Degree College Nawa Kadal, Srinagar, uses WhatsApp, wise and Zoom applications daily to connect with and deliver lessons to his students and found e-learning solutions best way to teach students during the “work from home” teaching due to Covid-19 pandemic and found it 60% successful as students are attending the classes regularly but not able to under the lessons fully as it can be done through the physical teaching in the colleges.

Kounain Shafi, a pass out of NEET examination 2021 have spent at least 12-14 hours daily during the last one year time to get the educational classes regularly from ozone, physicswala classes etc on the internet to get all the educational stuff for the coaching of the NEET examination and YouTube classes also helped her a lot as it was her dream to crack the exam with the top position and to bring a cheer and smile to her parents as both are providing all kind of support and guidance to Kounain to accomplish the task with the shining numbers.

Mohammad Shafi Khan and Firdousa Khan, parents of Kounain Shafi living at Pandach area have provided all kind of support and kept her confidence up for all the online and offline classes to Kounain to qualify the exam and their dream comes true when she qualified the exam with highest position held in 2021.

The National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET), formerly the All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT), is the qualifying test for MBBS and BDS programmes in Indian medical and dental colleges. ... The examination, which offers 90,000 seats in MBBS and BDS Colleges of India. A single common entrance exam for the entire medical education in the country ensures that there is uniformity in the standards set for admission into the medical courses at different universities and colleges across the states.

The most obvious difference someone thinks of when comparing the two is the perceived lack of human interaction, however this isn’t technically true. The correct way to phrase this would be ‘no physical interaction’. Classroom Learning involves physical interactions with a teacher and peers, while online learning transfers this component to a virtual environment. So while there is human interaction, it happens online via virtual lectures, virtual discussions, face-to-face video workshops etc.

With online courses, students can always access learning materials such as module contents, assignments, lecture materials, podcasts and recorded sessions anytime during the course of their studies. For postgraduate courses module tutors are always there to assist with any questions through emails, messages and Skype calls. With Classroom Learning, be it for a school or university courses, a student has to visit the physical location to speak with tutors face to face, during assigned hours. This can be limiting, especially for working professionals.

For University courses, online learning students can fit studies around their work schedules, and can immediately practice new concepts learned by applying them in their current scope of work. With classroom learning university courses, this is not often the case. Since students have to leave their job and social commitments to complete a degree programme, they will only be able to practice the new knowledge once they have re-joined the workforce. When it comes to schools and younger learners, a lot of Online Learning tools and apps help students understand concepts on a deeper level by providing problems they can interact and solve in different ways.

 

(The Author can be mailed at m.hanief@gmail.com)

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