By Aqsa Yaqoob
The Covid-19 pandemic has effected the world as well as Pakistan. The pandemic situation has gripped life globally. Many of countries, including Pakistan suspended acedamic activities due to this social distancing situation. The outbreak of Covid-19 is effecting the education of the world. The Covid-19 pandemic causing more than 1.6 billion children and youth to be out of the school in 161 countries. This is close to 80% of the world’s enrolled students. The current statistic of UNESCO is that about 1.5 billion of students in 165 countries are out of school due to Covid-19.The pandemic has forced the global academic community to explore new ways of teaching and learning including distance and online learning. The whole country shift to online mode of education.
In Pakistan,the Education Minister has announced that all provinces were ready to promote the higher secondary school students without exams. In Pakistan , an estimated 1,878,101 students at tertiary level are effected by closure of institutions,while analyzing the situation of Covid-19 the Higher Education institutions (HEIs) asked the universities to start online classes where the Learning Management system (LMS) was established in univarsities. HEC categorised the universities in term of IT infrastructure which pushed the institutions to start online classes just to remain at the top of list. This step is taken for the safeguard of the students.what are education mode and opportunities.
Online learning/ E-learing and opportunities;
The online classes gives a lot of opportunities for students. Here we discuss the opportunities as well as the cons of online classes. The whole world switched to online learning because the only way to save the academic year.The online classes is the big opportunity to overcome the effects of post Covid-19 pandemic on education sector .The online classes provide opportunities of recorded (video, audio) lecture, voice notes which help students those not taking online class. The online learning is flexible for the students because students easily take lecture if they missed it. The online learning more engaging, interactive. It’s very helpful for students .In online education, its easy for students to take review of the lecture. The students can review words of the teacher instantly, also review audio lecture or video lecture. The online education gives opportunities for the students whose uncomfortable in classrooms ,with that opportunity they can easily share their point of view. According to the National Institute of Mental health 74 % of people suffering from speech anxiety.The online mode of education is also provides opportunity to student to more focus on their idea.Its also Low cost program can save the money of students which they spend on transportation or spend on other things.The online learning provide the opportunity to communicate with the teacher, you can easily asked anything about their course. You also get feedback of your instructor .You also discussed any problem with your teacher in online class or on a whatsapp message.The online learning have a lot of benefits and opportunities but online learning also have create problems for students. In Online classes students can’t interact with teacher face to face . Online learning typically required amount of reading and assignment. It’s a plenty of work in online learning. The experience of me while taking online some time I am unable to connect the zoom meeting due to the lack of internet signal. The online learning can cause social isolation because students not interact with the class fellow’s or lack of human communication can leads several problems for students. Also it’s difficult to manage time. In Pakistan the HEC asked universities to shift online classes without realize the results. In Pakistan there are some areas where have not internet facility, Online education become challenge for hundreds of thousands students. Most of university students belongs to the areas like FATA and Gilgit Bultistan. Because of this these students faces the connectivity issues due to this they are unable to take online lectures. The issue of online classes has not come from students alone, it’s also new for teachers in Pakistan .For online mode required more skill sometimes most faculty members did not want. The online classes also challenging for teachers, because it’s a first experience not only for students but also for teachers.
The online learning become the generation z ,it means the generation has grown up in a truly globalized world. The generation,like older generation may reflecting truly global pandemic ,but now generation faces the crisis of any type but these crisis not effect the education system.
The post Covid-19 pandemic Change the world or the global world outlook, it teach about how the education need to change to be able the better prepare the young learners for what the future might be hold.
In Pakistan’s higher education finally see a digital revolution .If the concerns of the students are addresses and the connectivity issues resolved or the universities sustain the online program ,so the concept of digital learning and distance learning may become a new norm in Pakistan.
The post Covid-19 is a pandemic that shift the world to online learning help ,the shift is very helpful for future because the successful people of this decade are able to understanding the interrelatedness and navigate across boundaries to leaverage their differences and work in a global collaborative way.
The post Covid-19 pandemic is able the young learner and the global academic institutions to utilize the technology tools which may able them to handle the upcoming situation.
The writer is a student of M.Sc Communication Studies,Digital Media at Institute of Communication Studies ,University of the Punjab,Lahore ,Pakistan.