Education in times of Covid-19 and the future of online education in India

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Debalina Chatterjee, Madhubrata Mohanty


Objectives: To find out the effect of online education in times of Covid-19 on teachers and students in India. To determine measures to be taken to make online classes more smooth and effective in India.

Method: The researchers have employed journal articles and website news. The researchers have collected primary data by questionnaire method which is send to the respondents by email. The sampling method is convenient sampling. Two separate questionnaire was set one for teachers and another for students. The sample size is 32 for teachers and 32 for students. 5-point Likert scale and dichotomous scale have been used to record the responses of the respondents. The results are showed in the form of pie-charts.

Findings: Teachers are moderately satisfied with online classes. Effect of online teaching on physical and mental health is high. Most of the teachers have suggested that training sessions for proper use of technology is required. As the data charges are high Government must look into this matter. Near about 65.7% of the respondents reported that their colleagues are helpful while working from home. Collaborative approach of teachers and students together can make online-learning more effective. According to the students although online classes are need of the hour they still prefer offline class as face to face interaction is necessary for them. Online examinations are troublesome to most of the students. Although e-learning is helpful still in this process students are unable to grasp various concept due to communication gap with teachers. Students want interactive sessions, group discussions, projects, classes with more content in order to get motivated for online classes.

Novelty: This study is comprehensive wherein the issues of all the stakeholders of education sector have been dealt with. Many important recommendations have been given from teachers and students perspective which is beneficial for future of e-learning in India. Such elaborate suggestive measures are absent in previous literatures.

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