Why online learning won’t replace campus-based education model?

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The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted almost all the sectors in different ways, and education sector is no exception. One of the most important aspects of teaching and evaluation has taken a hit. Not only the education of students has been compromised, but many teachers have been pushed into an unthinkable space.

Although, all the universities have been licenced to use the online modes of education to run UG and PG programs in a flawless manner, many institutes have faced challenges while implementing the new normal. One cannot denounce the fact that the online learning has been given precedence by many, even as a long term solution, but there is more to it.

Online teaching has been termed as an effective, time-saving and budget friendly mode of education. However, it is important to understand that higher education imparted through campus-based real classroom cannot be replaced by virtual education in the long run. The advantage of in-face interaction is completely different and nearly impossible to match in a virtual space.

At this juncture, it is no secret that the post-pandemic campus-based education will be quite different, but it would be far effective than short-term solution of online learning. Even with SOPs like physical distancing, masking and sanitising, the campus-based education is necessary for a holistic development of students.

There are many reasons why online teaching and evaluation cannot be considered as the new normal. It not only upsets the objective of excellence in higher education, but also makes it difficult to connect with a huge section of students due to lack of quick speed internet facilities. Online education also makes a huge section of faculty redundant, causing fears of an increase in unemployment.

The quality of higher education will also take a beating due to lack of commitment and professionalism online. It has been observed that people find comfort in online mode, which often leads to a holistic change in approach and determination towards work. It is also important for teachers to be formally accustomed to art, science and methods of ICT-based pedagogy to teach effectively online.

The conclusion is that online learning is just an option during the pandemic, and not a long-term solution. Once the situation improves, campus-based education is all set to get all the preference yet again.

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