ONLINE EDUCATION

Published:  01:51 AM, 01 April 2020

An effective way to continue education during coronavirus outbreak


The government has declared the closure of educational institutions from March 17 to April 9 due to coronavirus outbreak. But as the situation does not improve, the Ministry of Education has been preparing to close the school until Eid-ul-Fitr by adjusting the summer and holy Ramadan vacation.

If the students are not in contact with the educational institution for a long time, the students will fall behind. In this situation, like other countries, parents urge to continue online education, there is no alternative. In this interim, educational institutions can start teaching online through Google, their own website or Facebook page.

Online education is a form of education which is delivered and administered using the internet. Online learning is the newest and most popular form of distance education today. Online learning is education that takes place over the internet. It is often referred to as "e learning" among other terms. However, online learning is just one type of "distance learning''-the  umbrella  term  for  any  learning  that  takes  place across  distance  and  not  in  a  traditional classroom.

As secondary schools, colleges and universities all have websites, so online teaching programs can be started in all institutions. For those who do not have a website or are not active, they can easily open the page on Facebook and continue the study.

Online distance learning meets the needs of an ever-growing  population  of  students  who  cannot  or  prefer  not  to  participate  in  traditional regular classroom  settings. 

These learners include those unable to attend traditional regular classes, who cannot find a particular class at their chosen institution, who live in remote locations, who work full-time and can only study at or after work, and those who simply prefer to learn independently. The  minimum  requirement  for  students  to  participate in  an  online  course  is  access  to  a computer,  the  Internet,  and  the  motivation  to  succeed  in  a  non-traditional  classroom. 

Online courses provide an excellent method of course delivery unbound by time or location allowing for accessibility to instruction at anytime from anywhere. Learners find the online environment a convenient way to fit education into their busy lives. The ability to access a course from any computer with Internet access, 24 hours a day, seven days a week is a tremendous incentive for many of today's students.

Online education is so powerful because it essentially works its magic by breaking down the barriers put in place by traditional regular education. Online education effectively breaks down all the barriers imposed by traditional regular education. Students are able to learn from anywhere, at any given time, as long as they have a reliable device to study from.

Additionally, online education means that students do not feel the same pressures to conform to a single learning approach because online learning is very much catered to allowing the students to all learn the same content, but on their own timeline (within reason, of course). This is why online education has gained such incredible support in such a relatively short time - and why it continues to do so today.

More than ever, technological influence has well and truly made its impact on the education department. Online education introduces an entirely new frontier in education for students and teachers around the globe. Students today are drawn to an academic approach that accepts and encourages students to work in their studies around the rest of their lives, not the other way around.

Online education is still a relatively fresh concept in education, but it is a concept that has still made an incredible impact on learners and educators. Online education is here to stay, and it is only going to continue evolving and getting better and better all the time.

Online education involves an electronic mode of learning and teaching. Commonly, online education occurs outside the classroom and inside it through innovative technologies. It enables students to acquire educational experiences through technology.

In the modern world, online education has become very popular with people in the scholarly world. Many people have abandoned the traditional approach to education of wholly relying on classrooms. Online education is a computerized and network-enabled form of instilling skills and knowledge in learners. Information is delivered to learners via the Internet, satellite TV, virtually on google classroom, Microsoft team, zoom etc.

Online education provides supplemental programs that boost curriculum choices creating a successful online environment. Clearly, online education has programs that cater for different needs of learners. Latest UNESCO data revealed, due to coronavirus pandemic, educational institutions have been declared nationally closed in 130 countries in the world. But in most countries, online education is going on. Whatever the situation, by no means can the student's educational activities be stopped.

Hopefully that`s it, The government has taken initiatives to promote teaching programs in the sixth to tenth grade on Sangshad television named "Amar ghore amar school". This is undoubtedly a pretty good initiative. All the classes a student used to do in the school, they all got here. It will have to run a 12-hour class on TV every day if it is possible. Even if the educational system is closed, the students should continue their studies.

Thus, it would not be possible for the students to complete the syllabus in any way if they did not continue their studies in alternative ways. Classes can be taken using the Zoom app, Youtube live, Facebook live. If you give a video record of the class on the website, everyone will get it. USA, Britain, Spain, Sweden and many other countries also have regular online teaching activities due to coronavirus pandemic for the sake of thinking student's future.


The writer is a Research Officer, District Education Office (Secondary) Munshiganj


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