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How is online learning shaping the future of education


How is online learning shaping the future of education
“Online learning is not the next big thing; it is the now big thing.”

-Donna J. Abernathy


The global pandemic COVID-19 has resulted in every sector to shut all across the

world. This also includes one of the worst-hit sector i.e., education industry.

Globally, over 1.2 billion students in 186 countries are away from their

classrooms. The lockdown situation has forced the schools, colleges, and

universities to remain shut and the students to stay at home. Both parents and

students are suffering emotionally and psychologically due to this shutdown.

Academically this was a valuable time for students as many schools and

universities conducted the final examination in these months only. To cope up with

this situation most schools and educational institutes have come up with the idea of

online classes and learning so as to prevent the wastage of valuable time instead

of waiting for the situation to get back to normal.


Current scenario of online education:


There has been a significant rise in the online mode of education such as video conferencing tools, online learning software etc. In a country like India, there is still no hope for students getting back to their classrooms soon. Therefore India is seen as a hub for a surging online

education sector.


Online learning options available for students and teachers :

Today, there is no shortage of online platforms for students to study and get

appropriate material for the topic concerned. Teachers can easily connect with

the students through platforms like Google Classrooms, Zoom, etc.

In response to the significant demand, many learning platforms are offering wide access to their services. It has become very feasible for teachers to teach

students and keeping them busy with homework and assignments. The Imperial College of London in collaboration with Coursera started offering a course on the Science of Corona Virus, which is now the most enrolled class of 2020.


Why online learning becomes important?


COVID-19 has completely changed the lifestyle and routine of every generation.

Before lockdown students had a routine and time fixed for every activity. Usage of

mobile phones for online gaming and social media has increased drastically which

in turn is causing a lot of distraction to students and they are diverted from their

goal. Establishing a routine becomes crucial for children, especially while staying

indoors the entire day to which they are not used to. A routine will keep the child

engaged. Online teaching came as a boon in these disrupted times. Not only

students can now attend the online classes arranged from school, but they can

remain in a routine also. The online environment offers unprecedented

opportunities for people who would otherwise have limited access to education,

as well as a new paradigm for educators in which dynamic courses of the highest

quality can be developed.


Advantages of online learning:


1. Easily accessible and budget-friendly


The basic requirement of online learning is a good internet connection and a

computer or mobile. It is much easier than a classroom session. The

online sessions could be even recorded for later reference and better

understanding. During the lockdown, most of the online courses and classes

come free of cost.


2. Flexible timings


Mostly the timings of online classes are kept flexible and students can

adjust them according to their routine and thereby learn at his or her own

pace and time. Teachers and students can interact with each other any

time without any limitations for clearing doubts.


Online Teaching Amidst COVID-19


3. Comfortable Ambiance


The students can create a perfect environment just in their room for the

online classes. Headphones can be used if the surroundings are noisy.


4. Social distancing can be exercised


Online learning is the best way to practice social distancing among

students. Social distancing would be very difficult in the classrooms and it

would be very tough to control the students from playing and touching

each other.


5. Time-saving


A lot of student’s time is saved due to online video lectures. Since the

students do not require traveling to a particular class for learning they can

save the traveling time and use it for other constructive activities.

Keeping in view all these points we can thus conclude that online teaching

is a major development in these times, if used properly it can become the

biggest boon of the decade. Online learning has become part of ‘new

normal’. What has been made clear through this pandemic is that online

learning is a potential model for a resource crunched country like India and

a personal tool for self-development. Online learning technology has the

power of disseminating knowledge across the borders, companies, and all

parts of the society and now it is incumbent upon all of us to explore its full

potential.



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