I was first introduced to online learning in 2020 when the pandemic hit. In the very beginning, it was fascinating to me as I thought staying at home and taking classes would be fun. I thought some of the facts are on my side. For instance, I don’t have to travel anymore, giving more time to my family are the positive sides I thought first. However, I never had any practical knowledge about it, and when I started, I got to know that the actual scenario was quite the opposite.
First of all, after the pandemic, we all were too much dependent on technology. We didn’t even have time to educate the students, and on top of that, we couldn’t educate ourselves either. Anyways, we all tried to cope up with the new regular education system. We first started our class through Zoom. I really liked Zoom, though. Then after few months, we shifted from Zoom to Webex, another new platform and another hassle to make the students and parents understand, and slowly and steadily, we adapted it. Lastly, one more time, we changed the platform. And this time, it was Teams. I am not gonna lie; at the beginning, I wasn’t really comfortable with Teams. However, we had to evolve and adapt.
Among these three online platforms that I used in recent days, I would prefer Zoom most. As I think it is a less lengthy process for the students and also for the parents. So I would definitely recommend something which is accessible for all modes of people. These are some obstacles one may face if the students are from primary sections. On the other hand, students are from higher grades are used to technology and not dependant on their parents can be a helpful mode of learning. (Hyman, 2012) challenges when studying outside of the classroom, students have more autonomy, flexibility, and resources to handle their coursework offered with distance education options than in the traditional environment. More educational programs are utilizing the Internet than ever before. Technology has facilitated this approach to distance learning. The growth of web-based distance education has been unprecedented over the past decade and shows little or no signs of slowing down (Lei & Gupta, 2010).
In some cases, both online and on-campus has positive sides and opposing sides. In my case, I would definitely prefer on-campus learning. The teacher can observe a student more intensely and even serve them better than online mode.