The Unexplored Front of Online Classes
The Supreme Court on 17th of August 22, 2020, refused to defer the entrance examinations NEET and JEE when the nation is witnessing prodigious spike in the number of COVID cases. It feels like the educational institutions, agencies and the government are all set to harass the students of the nation in their own quirky and uncanny ways.
Online classes or the mode of online learning has grown its proponents and dissenters over a few months. While most of the students face a hard time bearing with online classes, many remain unafflicted because they don’t even care. Though people are aware of the technological put forward by online classes, they are still oblivious to the problems that aren’t even addressed as problems by anyone in the authority.
Online classes conducted by educational platforms such as BYJU’s, Unacademy, Coursera, Udemy are all contributing to the education of kids more than the any university or college around the nation.
There’s a reason why students enroll in online courses on these platforms despite paying huge sum of money in their respective colleges.
Where does the problem lie?
Students hailing from the most underprivileged regions of the country, where electricity seems more like a benefaction of government and not something really basic are expected to join online classes through high speed internet connection.
The ostentatious 4th Generation or 4G communication doesn’t ever help me upload a blog during the day. But the problem isn’t limited to internet.
Issue arises out of the way these online classes are conducted. Professors mostly orate what’s written in the notes. Much of that they try to elaborate can’t be just done verbally. How do you explain a concept of engineering by just orating the notes or pointing the mouse on a random figure?
Internet speed further aggravates the suffering of both the sets of people. The extenuating internet services decimate the rest that could be salvaged.
The worst part is the insensitivity and callousness of universities and professors, who defy every other suggestion by students that can do them any good. Uploading video lectures on YouTube recorded on phones with teachers explaining concepts on white-boards or papers could have been a possible solution and would have significantly alleviated the distress of both students and teachers, but they make this pretty lame excuse that “We aren’t allowed to do that”. How does procuring a method that not only mitigates the hardship of students but also helps them study in a better way be not allowed or termed as infringement of ethics of a college/university/school?
A student from one of the premiere management institute said that teachers emphatically tell students to install wi-fi services such as JIo-fibre at home if their daily internet data is exhausted because they can’t help in any way. How frivolous and negligent can the management be to pass remarks as such.
In a conversation with a school kid, I learnt that students are compelled to attend online classes despite network issues as teachers intimidate them in the name of attendance. The circumstances aren’t any different in colleges. Such are the tantrums thrown by teachers to harass students which inflict severe physical and mental health issues on students.
I was talking to one of my juniors who told me that they were being asked to write the notes from slides being presented on the screen by one professor. How does online education make sense if you’re forcing students to write down the notes instead of sending it directly?
That’s just one aspect of the situation, like one side of the coin. At the other side, professors who relentlessly perform their job are abused over live classes. Professors can’t chuck them out because many of them aren’t acquainted with the software involved in these classes. Also, they have to teach students, which is a much more imperative task to be addressed.
If counting problems could do any good to the society, I would worship news channels. Precisely, both are futile.
What has the Govt. or universities done?
In fact these problems are considered so trivial that the government as well as universities averts commenting or suggesting or implementing a solution.
What are the possible solutions?
There are many teachers who aren’t tech savvy and computers, technology seem to be a hard nut to crack. Special training sessions and workshops should be conducted. They should be taught how to use the smart phone or a laptop to create a virtual classroom. These teachers (except professors who are computer experts themselves) strive hard to be acquainted with these methods. Colleges/ institutions should provide all the resources to the teachers so that they can teach in rather an effective manner.
Suggestions and alternate strategies should be adopted. Every time students suggest anything, it doesn’t mean that they intend to create a nuisance. Students are at the vulnerable side all the time, because they invest the money not to just study on their own.
If universities/colleges can ask for the entire semester fee without any reduction, they can also provide study materials, books and other resources through couriers.
Government has to impose strict guidelines for fee structure of institutions to deter them from extorting impertinent sum of money and intimidating students of backlogs.
The above suggested solutions might not change the scenario entirely, but the problems posed can certainly be solved to some extent.
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