COVID 19 is still affecting our lives, and our fight against Corona is still on. Similar has been the situation in the field of education. The outbreak of COVID-19 has resulted in the closure of all the educational institutes across the world. Globally, over 1.2 billion children are unable to go back to their classrooms.
Consequently, the education system has changed drastically, with the notable rise in e-learning pattern. This system has enabled continuity in education remotely. This sudden shift towards attending digital roll calls in many parts of the world has left people wondering whether and how such a shift would impact the global education business.
How is the Education Sector Expanding for Efficient E-learning?
Responding to user-demands, several online learning platforms have started offering free access to their services. Platforms like BYJU’S, a Bangalore-based online tutorial firm that was founded in 2011, is now one of the most considered education technology company across the globe. Since BYJU’s announced free live classes on its Think and Learn app, it has experienced a 200% increase in the number of fresh users.
Other platforms like Tencent classroom, Lark, Alibaba’s distance learning solution, DingTalk, and many more are expanding their services to help students all over the world with uninterrupted education.
The Challenges of Online Learning
This alternative medium has proved to be useful for only a part of the population. This shift towards online classes has highlighted some abrupt realities of the society, marked by inequalities in terms of availability of resources, that are vital to access these online classes. These online classes have created a digital divide between rural and urban and rich and poor.
Students and teachers are facing their struggles while attending or conducting these online classes. Due to financial constraints, students are either lacking electronic gadgets or access to a reliable internet connection. If somehow, students have facilities to attend the online classes, they end up facing barriers in terms of unavailability of physical space.
Keep aside the unavailability of computers and the internet for teachers. Because even if they own these types of equipment, they are not trained to conduct classes digitally.
Is Online Learning Equally Effective?
Some research has shown that on average, students grasp 25-60% more when learning online as compared to 8-10% grasping in a classroom. So, those who do have the privilege to access the right technology, learning online can be more effective in several ways for them.
The reason being, students can learn at their own pace, going back and re-reading, or accelerating the chapters as they feel like.
Over a period, it has been observed that clever amalgamation of games and online classes results in better engagement and curiosity towards learning, especially among younger students.
How to Succeed in Online Classes?
Governments throughout the world are not planning to re-open the schools anytime soon. This leaves education in the hands of technology.
So, till the time online-classes are being used as a medium to educate; one must take control and keep up with what is available.
Points to keep in mind to make the most out from your online classes.
- Stay Disciplined – Whether you are physically in school or not, you must stay disciplined and create a study schedule.
- Be flexible – You still have a lot of study material available on digital libraries. Rather than making excuses, one can always go through them.
- Manage your time wisely – Logging in to classes will allow you to verify important deadlines for assignments, quizzes, and exams. So, get organized and make a plan for completing your tasks.
- Ask your teacher/mentors – If you are finding it difficult to understand concepts through online lectures, ask for special class from your professors. Do not feel shy.
Let’s not forget that we all are in this together. Whether good or bad, we must continue educating ourselves, using all the possible resources available.
Never stop learning!