Online Classes In Covid-19 Pandemic
By Charu Tanwar
Art by Meghana Vani, QShala Unconference Winner
“The Covid-19 Pandemic Has Changed Education Forever”
The COVID-19 has resulted in schools shut all across the world. Globally, over 1.2 billion children are out of the classroom.
As a result, education has changed dramatically, with the distinctive rise of e-learning, whereby teaching is undertaken remotely and on digital platforms.
Research suggests that online learning has been shown to increase retention of information, and take less time, meaning the changes corona virus have caused might be here to stay.
While countries are at different points in their COVID-19 infection rates, worldwide there are currently more than 1.2 billion children in 186 countries affected by school closures due to the pandemic.
With this sudden shift away from the classroom in many parts of the globe, some are wondering whether the adoption of online learning will continue to persist post-pandemic, and how such a shift would impact the worldwide education market.
In response to significant demand, many online learning platforms are offering free access to their services, including platforms like BYJU’S, a Bangalore-based educational technology and online tutoring firm founded in 2011, which is now the world’s most highly valued edtech company.
The Challenges of online learning
There are, however, challenges to overcome.
Some students without reliable internet access and/or technology struggle to participate in digital learning; this gap is seen across countries and between income brackets within countries.
While some schools and governments have been providing digital equipment to students in need, such as in New South Wales, Australia, many are still concerned that the pandemic will widen the digital divide.
With COVID bringing online classes home, the perks of Annual Day (missing those classes for "dance practice" got left behind. At QShala, we brought school and fun home with
Unconference 2.0, a virtual online fest. With art and literary competitions, games, learning sessions and panel discussions with experts, QShala Unconference saw a participation of over 1lakh children helping them Unmute. Unwind and Unclock