The door to yet another online academic year is about to open, amidst the worsening pandemic crisis. Bored by their previous experiences, students hesitate to get underway their similar routes. Students were nearly getting a kick out of their shores of hopes, awaiting campus fullfilment. But their hopes were shattered by the second yet dangerous wave of coronavirus followed by deadly infections such as yellow, black and white fungus. People are getting used to this prolonged period of closures. Everything is getting shut down, so are people’s minds.
As the situation shrouding us is getting worse, teachers are off to adopt the mandatory online mode of teaching once again. Educators and administrators are forced to make an effort out of the challenges offered by the crisis. After a year of suffocation, students and teachers are almost used to this online teaching mode. Even though everyone knows the truth that education through digital screens will not be as lively and joyous as education in classrooms, we are bound to find new possibilities from these limitations. This new academic year may also be an opportunity for us to evaluate, correct and update our minds and body.
Disadvantages of Online Classes
Smartphone classrooms were devoid of actual attention and brightness, instead, it was stuffed with boredom, negligence, painful memories and dimmed hopes. Kindergartens missed their excitement of packing up bags, hanging newly bought water bottles and jumping into their school bus with an urge to mingle. The major loss was experienced by school and college students. Cancelled sports day and cultural fests, no shared lunches or canteen snatches, no farewells and tours, and massively increased screen time marked 2020-21 academic session. Smartphones and laptops became the backbone of education. Well, along with education, we should consider its addiction too. Watching countless movies or episodes and sleeping for hours became a “new normal” routine for students. The non-availability of gadgets, which was a serious issue last year, currently boosted. It is now normal for school students to keep their own smartphones or laptops.
Benefits of Online Classes
Blended learning also includes some benefits such as reduced time and elimination of travel costs. Students can also achieve several internships and online courses easily. Benefiting from these would aid your career in future.One could also get easy attendance by sitting at the comfort of your homes.
Ways to enhance online learning
• Learning empowered with Videos and Notes.
Giving essential notes along with videos would bring a versatile and convenient flare to education. They serve as go-to resources that can be viewed anytime from anywhere.
• Virtual Study Trips
Virtual trips increase the interest in students and grab their attention.
• Do not burden students with too many lectures and assignments. Divide lectures into small chunks. Give limited assignments so that they could put their efforts in it fully.
• Make time for fun
Engage students with interesting games and competitions. There are several platforms to do so. It’s all about engagement.
• Reduce time
Attending online class continuously for 6-8 hours is exhausting and harmful for health. Reducing time and creating more quality content is more helpful for both students and teachers.
• Prevent cheating in exams and sharing of academic documents.
Despite the challenges and flaws of last year’s online learning, we can expect this year to be a better, promising one. Have gotten ideas on enhancing your e-learning, lets hope students and teachers utilise the best of it.