Virtual vs Online Class Paragraph Due to Corona, the spread of online classes in educational institutions is happening at a very fast pace. Many institutions have introduced online classes from primary to higher education. The subject is new to many teachers and students. However, due to the existing reality, teachers and students are leaning toward online classes.
When it comes to online classes, a question comes up. And that is, how much education and student-friendly online classes? Its advantages and disadvantages are also naturally discussed by parents, teachers and students.
In fact, the topic of online classes is new, which has become important due to the outbreak of the global epidemic coronavirus. Because like the rest of the world, many things have come to a standstill in Bangladesh. Especially the educational institutions of the country have been closed for more than 3/4 months.
As an alternative, the government and responsible educational institutions are emphasizing classes through online tutorials or online zoom meetings. Moreover, regular classes have been arranged for regular primary level students on Sangsad TV.
It is noteworthy that in the reality of the Coronation period, we are living or being forced to adapt to the words and situations that we were not familiar with, such as lockdown, isolation, home quarantine, social distance. This is the purpose of all and that is why online classes are important.
Obstacles to taking advantage of virtual classes
Not everyone is currently taking advantage of online or virtual classes. According to the survey, about 30-40 percent of students in schools and universities in Bangladesh are not able to take classes at present. Because, many people do not have a smartphone, computer or laptop to take online classes. There is no provision for teachers and students in villages, chars, haors or remote hilly areas to have any idea and training on virtual education. Apart from the capital, 3G / 4G network or broadband facilities are not easily available in other districts of the country. As a result, not everyone gets the benefit of continuous classes with weak 2G network. Many students and parents say that in the current epidemic situation where it is difficult to run a family, it is very difficult for them to afford the internet. Due to uninterrupted power and weak network, students are not able to see and hear the teacher’s lectures properly while taking classes online, as a result of which they are losing interest in taking classes online. They are just looking at slides or just reading books.
Positive aspects of virtual class
First of all, I applaud the online education system. There is talk, Kana Mama is better than Nai Mama. We have to take as many good students as possible how many students are able to stay connected with their studies instead of learning nothing at all. Many teachers are now taking classes using various technologies through training. Which is being understood by the students and the communication of the teachers with the students is being maintained. As a result of online classes, the monotonous life of the students under house arrest is getting diversified. Students keep in touch with books, which are very necessary in their life. Students wake up just in time to take online classes and spend the day in discipline, which has a positive effect on their physical and mental health.
Disadvantages of virtual class
Students are facing many problems to take classes online. Many teachers are suffering from camera-fear due to lack of adequate training. They are not able to give beautiful, fluent, understandable and interesting lectures. As a result, students are becoming indifferent to online classes. Students are not able to understand all their reading correctly by taking classes online, and if they do not understand, they are not getting a chance to understand again by asking questions to the teachers. So there is a shortage of education in many subjects. What students are learning in online class is not being evaluated properly through exams. So the importance of studying is decreasing. Students are having eye problems because of sitting in front of the screen of different devices for online classes for a long time. Again some people are feeling headaches. Many students have been suffering from neck and back pain due to sitting in a chair for a long time. Which can lead to major damage if continued for a long time. Younger children are getting acquainted with social media due to online classes, which do not suit their age. Today we are giving them the opportunity to run Facebook, and YouTube without knowing anything good ahead of time, which will cause damage to their mental health.
What to do about virtual Online classes?
Like other developed countries of the world, the government of Bangladesh should pay attention to the education sector. Students and teachers need to ensure attendance for online classes with free laptops, computers or smartphones.
Uninterrupted internet access should be provided free of cost to all students and teachers. 4G internet or broadband facility should be provided in all districts of Bangladesh. Teachers need to be included in the online class course. So that they can improve their skills. Students need to be careful not to become overly addicted to online. Even if we give this poison to our dear children knowingly, we have to make an effort so that its level does not increase. Students should sit as far away from the screen of the device as possible.