Online Learning- The Problems and the Prospects

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Sumita Das, Dr. Tarali Pathak


The evolution of the technology has drastically changed our lives. In the present time we feel we are nowhere without the gadgets in our hands. Everything has become readily available in the tip of our hands, so as knowledge. Gone are the days when it was thought that formal educational institutes are the only means to acquire knowledge and degrees. And the lockdown period due to Covid-19 pandemic has changed the scenario totally. The online educational apps are rising in their business. Not only that even the schools of remotest area are with no option other than opting for online apps to continue the process of teaching learning. The lockdown period was hard for most of the people may be financially or mentally. And the students are the worst sufferers. At that time most of the teachers at all levels tried their best to keep motivated the students and continue their teaching. Teachers were bound to learn new technologies so that they can reach their students. Students on the other hand also had to learn and adapt to new technologies of learning. No doubt online learning has helped the students and teachers yet the sudden shift could not be beneficial equally for all students. In this study an attempt has been made to investigate the perception of the students towards online learning and the problems faced by them during learning through online mode. A total 139 students of undergraduate level from different colleges of  Kamrup district were taken as sample for the study. A self structured questionnaire pertaining the benefits and issues they are facing in online mode was administered. The main finding of the study is that learning through online mode has both benefits and loopholes. The main thing that is to be kept in mind is to planned and gradual application of blended mode of learning.

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