How University Lecturers and Students Interpret Opportunities and Challenges of Online Mode of Learning

Ganga Ram Paudyal, Karna Rana

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Abstract


This paper reports an analysis of university lecturers and students’ experience of the online mode of learning in the COVID-19 situation. It as qualitative research employed semi-structured interviews and observation of online classes to gather data. It reports on how online classes enabled university lecturers and students to manage online learning and improve technological skills with consistent practice of various information and communication technology (ICT) tools. Despite limited technological and pedagogical knowledge, lecturers initiated online learning as an alternative to physical classroom learning in the crisis. Both lecturers and students, thus, were intimidated by new technologies and ways of learning at the beginning. In absence of ICT training, their consistent practices of online learning enabled them to develop some level of confidence in using ICT in teaching and learning activities. Many students from remote rural villages, however, are unable to access online education due to the lack of the internet, smart devices and electricity. The online mode of learning, albeit it is reported a potential strategy to shift from the traditional education system to modern learning, cannot be sustainable in the context where there is limited or no infrastructure for the internet and electricity.

Keywords


Online learning, ICT access, Opportunities, Challenges, COVID-19 crisis

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Paudyal, G. R., & Rana, K. (2021). How university lecturers and students interpret opportunities and challenges of online mode of learning. International Journal of Research in Education and Science (IJRES), 7(4), 1006-1022. https://doi.org/10.46328/ijres.2383




DOI: https://doi.org/10.46328/ijres.2383

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Editor: Wilfried Admiraal, The Netherlands

Place of Publication: Turkey & Name of Publisher: Ismail Sahin

ISSN: 2148-9955 (Online)