HOW REMOTE EDUCATION IS EVOLVING DURING THE CRISIS

Amidst the crisis of the novel COVID-19 pandemic, the biggest dilemma for the global population was how students would continue their education? Remote education is an emergency education solution that is planned for students to continue the flow of their studies until they are physically able to return to their educational institutes. It gives a chance to students and teachers to stay connected and engage outside of classrooms. This way of learning is usually associated with temporary crisis circumstances that cause danger to the student’s well-being. In this case, the threat of COVID-19.

During the pandemic, there has been a huge shift in the learning structure of education because of the lack of physical attributes and practicality. It is very difficult to maintain the same level of decorum and environment as an actual classroom and replace it with a virtual one. But because of various applications like Google Classroom and Microsoft Teams, the process of learning and teaching has been made extremely effective and efficient.

Key features of remote learning:

Time:

Time is the primary thing that needs to be considered on the grounds that following a routine in a crisis is a difficult task for teachers as well as the students. As compared to the traditional ways of teaching, the timeframe allocated for assignments, assessments, and lectures are much more leisure to provide a comfortable yet engaging session. A traditional 45-minute session would only be a 20-minute session in remote learning because of the absence of extraneous variables.

Communication:

For any interactive module, communication and engagement play a vital role. The way of communication between students and teachers has evolved greatly since the pandemic. There is an obvious boom in chat rooms, group engagements, and individual engagements through messaging applications and emails, it is now much more crucial to keep consistent communication with students. Not for lectures and sessions, but even for teachers meetings with the parents as well as the school management is now done virtually to overcome the technical transition and shift that has taken place currently.

Technology:

Even though technology has always been a part of effective learning, and almost all age groups are familiar with certain aspects of educational technology, it is still fairly new that is why for these live sessions for toddlers are now taken with the presence of their parents or a guardian which is only possible because of the current crisis. Technological devices are a common household item now. Schools provide clear instructions on how to access information through online platforms. Technical support is also provided to parents as well as students. Moreover, additional technical and troubleshooting support is also now made available to provide an easy environment, so that students can cope up with remote learning.

The ways of teaching and effective learning has transformed completely with remote education. As it not only creates opportunities for students to explore other opportunities like working part-time jobs, do extracurricular activities, and engage in other course-related activities, including the perks of having a comfortable environment of your home.

Furthermore, it keeps you in touch with the latest technological advancements and makes the generation more tech-savvy. Considering how technology is constantly progressing with artificial intelligence and virtual reality, the younger generation should now be able to solve and work on the latest gadgets and familiar themselves with common IT problems and solutions to be able to adjust in the fast-paced technological evolution in the coming future.

Remote education offers students with vast networking opportunities through online education platforms and social media. In a traditional academic environment, students are only limited to engagements with peers in their classroom or lecture halls, but with remote learning structures, they can expand their horizons from students all over the world. Social media channels streamline these collaborations, group engagements, and discussions. Students can build a strong online-network and explore even more career opportunities just from the ease of their couch. One of the finest perks comes down to the ease of commute as it saves the traveling cost and hours of commute, students have to endure to get to campus or their educational institutes, every day.

Overall, the ease and evolution of the education system have been remarkable in this crisis where the physical involvement of not only individuals has narrowed down, but so many natural resources are now being saved such as electricity, labor, printed material, and so on. The world is slowly transgressing into a modern-online approach to learning methods. Even though it is a short-term solution, people have accustomed quickly to this new method of education. Most people would still prefer this way of learning as it is both: effective and easy.

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