Two-Day Virtual Conference on Online University Education and English Language Teaching: Scope and Challenges
- 13 Nov 2020
- VIT Vellore
- Dr. S. Rukmini, Assistant Professor (Senior), SSL
The COVID19 pandemic has affected and disrupted all aspects of life globally. Along with other sectors, higher education sector has also been severely impacted. Due to this, the traditional Teaching-Learning methodologies and student-teacher interactive experience has been replaced with online education. Though not a permanent replacement to the traditional classroom teaching, online education will be the mode of teaching and learning until the vaccine is invented. Governments and health experts have advised Universities, Colleges and Schools to commence classes with a combination of online and tradition teaching. Further, virtual and online education is being advocated and to some extent made mandatory at least by some higher education institutes for the next academic year. With the lack of any foreseeable medical solution in the immediate future for this pandemic, the higher education institutes are left with no other option but to shift to online education to minimize health risk of students and staff. Two decades ago, technology was not optimal for online education, however, the latest technology of internet, telecommunications etc., have paved the way for online education and virtual classrooms connecting student –teacher across the globe with a few limitations. Since there is a sudden shift from traditional education to online education, there is a need to understand online education methodologies, to measure its effectiveness, as well as to prepare a shift to a new system. There is a need to examine Teaching-Learning approaches, evaluation and assessment methodologies and educational experience for students and attitude change among teachers.