Abstract-1 (April 2021) Vipin Sharma


International Refereed/ Peer Reviewed Journal of Education

Vol. 7 (2) April 2021, pp. 01-07, E-ISSN: 2395-7344, P-ISSN: 2320-9526

Title: Online Learning in COVID Times: Panacea to Students’ Problems and Integral Component of Future Education

Vipin Sharma, English Language Institute, Jazan University, Jazan, KSA. E-mail: vipinaravali@gmail.com

Article DOI: 10.46704/pol.2021.v07i02.001


            The article deals with how COVID-19 has impacted academia and what effects it has brought in for students, teachers, parents, and all stakeholders. All have encountered the awful situation first time in life putting all in chaos, distress, and hopelessness. Children and the elderly need utmost care and attention to control their fear, anxiety, and depression. Students also need special attention to adapt and tune in to online classes. The abrupt shift brought in several problems to teachers: taxying schedules, more students, new technology, lack of preparedness, never or less use of digital platforms for teaching. Most studies have underscored its negative effects on students but the researcher in the paper underpinned positive outcomes of the online teaching on the students through effective online teaching and learning practices improving students’ performance. The researcher has experience in both online teaching and conducted several webinars and workshops to conclude that online teaching has not only brought in challenges in online teaching and learning context but are superseded by the positive outcomes. Despite its pernicious impact, it has enhanced student engagement, motivation, well-being, satisfaction, and retention. The recommendations are made for good infrastructure, technical support, professional development, contingency plans, feedback mechanism, curriculum design, and assessment and evaluation. New education policy 2020 would incorporate multiple measures for teachers and stakeholders to involve more in online practices through various programs and activities and providing prompt feedback on vital issues to attain 21st-century skills to match market demands.

Keywords: Online Learning, Students’ Engagement, Motivation, Digital Competence, ICT