Impact of Virtual Classes on Technical Education during COVID-19 Pandemic: A Study

Abstract

Author(s): Prathibha SN, Shilpa Rani NR

It is evident that, virtual learning is an exceptional substitute to classroom learning. Online learning is new normal/inevitable to avoid academic interruptions. However absence of synchronous teaching creating gap in learning process, online teaching is the only mechanism to reach students. E-learning offers abundant freedom, comfort and flexibility to teachers and students. The present study examines the impact of virtual classes on learners during COVID-19 pandemic. For which, online survey conducted to obtain data from Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Technology (NMIT), Bengaluru. 330 online questionnaires are administered to different branch students of NMIT. 301 responses received and findings shows that majority of the students are comfortable to attend online classes to avail more advantages like flexible timings, easy access to study materials, and quick answers to their queries from their faculty, etc. This study recommends that, there is a need to train students and faculty in use of online platform tools and up gradation of IT infrastructure to deliver uninterrupted virtual classes.


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