E-learning future education
A virtual classroom is essentially teaching without the teacher, an interaction between student and the teacher, via means of online technology interfaces such as massive open online courses in the form of online video broadcasting, notes, lectures, examinations etc., but virtual classrooms also pose various difficulties to their students. This little snippet written below tries to discuss the various limitations of these classrooms along with their impact on the students learning process and their development in real life. Virtual classrooms, although they may sound modern and revolutionary, still pose students with many problems in the process of learning or attending. Some of these problems are no face to face interaction, availability of resources or rather a lack of resources, authenticity of course and certificate malpractices, time limits etc. Students taking part in virtual classroom may not actually be gaining any knowledge, especially high school or college students who do these courses for extra marks and don’t actually pay attention. More over with lack of resources practical knowledge is not achievable. This article aims to bring out all the disadvantages and problems that students face while engaging in a virtual classroom so that it could help other students willing to take such course a prior general idea about them.

One of the biggest legacies of the lockdown will be the push that online and virtual education gets. The irony was that even though the target user—the student community—was very comfortable in the virtual medium, in fact even more so than the educators, policy makers were hesitant in moving towards this future.

But within hours of the prime minister announcing the first lockdown, schools and colleges had already reached out to their students. Teachers had made WhatsApp groups, at least those who weren’t in groups with their students. In most urban schools, teachers have groups either with students or their parents. These groups, and apps such as Zoom, were put into use, and the process of education continued, if not seamlessly, then at least without stopping completely. It wasn’t only the formal system that went online. Private tuitions as well as hobby courses went online, too. What this proved was there is already an infrastructure present, it just hasn’t been tapped yet.

The government has moved slowly in encouraging virtual classrooms, perhaps because the older generation is still not totally versed with the new medium. Last year, the University Grants Commission had announced that universities who wanted could start registering their online courses with the umbrella body—that oversees curriculum as well as funding. Only around seven universities actually registered. Sitharaman’s announcement could therefore leapfrog virtual education. She had mentioned online courses in her budget speech, too. However, had it not been for the lockdown, the progress might not have been that quick.

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