Pre-requirements for Online Learning and Teaching

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These days all we hear and are concerned about is “COVID-19 Pandemic”. The news channels, news portals, social media, and even person-to-person conversations; all are about Corona Virus. We are concerned with the health and safety of our family, friends, and altogether the whole world.
And in the midst of all these, there are certain things that cannot be postponed or ignored forever.

Undoubtedly, education is one of them. So, regarding the current scenario, online teaching and learning have been started worldwide. It’s prime time we learn about the pre-requirement for online learning and teaching.

The schools and colleges in Nepal, and other alike countries, are also putting their efforts to continue their courses via online studies. For such countries, online study is a totally new thing for it is a very new concept for them. Mostly, they have the dominance of traditional teaching and learning system. Many students and teachers are unaware of how online studying actually works. So here are some pre-requirement for online teaching and learning.

A Guide for Teachers for Effective Online Class

Teaching and learning require the active participation of both students and teachers. At the same time, it is one of the major responsibilities of the teachers to work on the efficiency of the class. The teachers need to assure that the highest number of students can attend the classes because, with a few number of students, it can bring conflicts among the students and teachers if the students could not attend the class.

Also, the teachers along with the administration should choose the best online system as per the requirements and features available on it. In case of paid systems, the administration should co-operate with the teachers for that.

Thirdly, the teachers need to notify the students earlier about the classes and about the availability of them.

Most importantly, as online teaching is a totally new concept for the teachers, it would be beneficial if teachers could prepare for efficient online teaching methods.

Pre-requirements for online learning for students:

Firstly, students need to ensure they have proper resources. For those with less access to resources like, internet connection, smartphones or computers, they need to notify the teachers earlier.

The online classes are much different than the regular classroom. Staying at home and learning from home is a way new thing for students. So they need to take it seriously and try to put their full attention on what the teachers are saying.

Moreover, it would be better if the students can separate a certain time for the classes to avoid disturbances and attend the classes smoothly.

Pre-requirements for online learning and teaching

  1. Internet connection is a must, be it Wi-Fi or mobile data.
  2. Smartphone, laptop, or desktop anything can be used.
  3. Some systems may require a valid email address.
  4. Continuous power supply for the devices.
  5. Quite environment in the room with less distraction by others.
  6. For teachers, some websites may require a payment system.
  7. Availability of teaching resources beforehand with teachers.
  8. Note taking arrangements for students, or video capturing apps for later purposes.

On the contrary, there are many online ways where we can study new things on a real-time basis and offline basis as well. The lists of the top online education websites or applications in Nepal are also mentioned in Online Teaching and Learning; Current Demand and Future Enhancement

The current situation cannot be under our control. The panic and pandemic is so uncertain that no one knows when it will end. However, we can still make the proper use of our free time and prepare for the scenario that will come after the end of the lockdown.

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Author: Barsha Bishwakarma

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