How virtual learning impacted higher education during COVID-19?
Higher education requires a lot more than a virtual classroom, and there isn’t any doubt about it. But, right now, with the pandemic on, every parent or student in the world is suffering from that one big question- how on earth can they learn dissection sitting at home? How can they find a cadaver close by, should they visit the morgue and beg for one? Silly, isn’t it.
With a virtual classroom to go to, students along with the faculties of many organizations have begun questioning the future of education in the coming times. If COVID-19 is the immediate future of this world, then the education system could be considered one of the worst-hit segments.
The only option that popped up seemed bright enough to a few governments initially and so begun the online classes. However, saying that this plan did not succeed in holding the education system together would not be unwise. For it did crumple down. Given that people and governments have now seen the hole they must have mended long back let us look briefly into what challenges have prohibited the online system from being the only best replacement option for in-house schools, colleges and universities.
Challenges hindering successful execution of online education
Few challenges have forced developing and underdeveloped nations from catching up the pace of online education.
- Lack of availability of adequate digital solutions
Online classes, mobile phones, computers, laptops and iPad are not found in every home in the developing and underdeveloped nations—stories of their struggle to suffice for their children’s education ramp up frontline news in several countries. Thus, adjusting to the new needs created meanwhile makes things difficult for the people.
- Economic constraints
Of course, money is not quickly earned by people who lack skills to make an appropriate living at specific points.
- Robust systems to hold the teachers, students and schools together
Online classes have dwindled rapidly on many days. Adhering to sessions is difficult for the teachers and for students who are so adapted to their physical boundaries within their education system.
- Educators struggle to innovate the best ways to teach students
Classes are boring is not the new complaint but definitely, the more frequently heard complaint from students. Innovation to keep up with the online education trend is difficult for teachers used to the blackboard and chalks.
To conclude, it is challenging the governments to rethink how education was being imparted to students before and now. The simple absence of a Plan B in place for a system as important as education, rampantly running across in this world for ages now seems to be a blunder people in power have conveniently ignored through all these years. No one was prepared for this COVID-19 challenge when it hit us. No one knew what could be best for us, and how to continue the education further. Classes got held for almost two months in every country, and people were clueless of how to reinstate the education system well. Thus, the world is yet to find a better solution that can suit higher education’s current needs.