What’s missing in Online Education?

Recent year has brought a lot of opportunities to the educational system of Pakistan. Many educational institutions opted and introduce online teaching methodologies due to the current Pandemic.

Online Education turned out advantageous for the majority of institutions but for few turned out a complete failure. The reason being is its teaching faculty, not enough motivated or trained to change and deliver through online platforms.

However, we saw protests from students not bringing change in themselves carrying out lectures online, and adapting to it. Online education has its benefits however; with benefits, it does have few restrictions and challenges.

Whom is to be Questioned?

I am certainly not writing this article to bring together the benefits and challenges we experience as students or teaching faculty while delivering lectures using online platforms. Internet is bombarded with articles written from professionals, experienced, experts, and lecturers about the advantages or disadvantages of online education.

Who is to be questioned with students or teaching faculty not being comfortable delivering or grasping knowledge online?

It is a confusing question yet very concerning. It has always been the blaming game at both ends which is institutions blaming students while students excusing and blaming institutions. Many institutions failed to develop an interest of students taking lectures online, threatened to fail, and in the end, students were compelled to take lectures online out of fear and without any interest.

Who is to be questioned? Who has to change? Whom responsibility it is to develop the interest of students towards online education and acquire knowledge as they desire? Whose job is it to motivate, train, and develop an interest in teaching faculty bringing students towards online education?

None are to blame. It’s not anyone’s fault. In our society, not many gave priority to online education. There were only a few institutions available offering distance learning or online education before the pandemic. What’s worst, students graduating from similar institutions considered not eligible or applicable for a job amongst those graduating from institutions offering face-to-face courses.

It’s an immense topic as there are a lot of factors why we never gave importance to online education. It’s educational institutions’ responsibility to bring online education success. Institutions can start with training, motivating, and introducing ethics of communication training online to their teaching faculty may result out to be game-changer.

Many students backed off, protested, showed no interest, and bunk online classes when all institutions had to initiate online classes;

One of many reasons is teaching faculty not trained enough to deliver courses and lectures online developing the interest of students.

The majority of institutions teaching faculty are experts and experienced delivering lectures face-to-face. Institution management has to understand and step up training and motivating their teaching faculty to deliver online courses successfully.

Ethics required in Online Education!

There are few ethics that one has to be introduced and trained for delivering courses online. One has to understand;

  • How to have all student’s attention regardless of the number of students varying from 1 – 100. It doesn’t matter; teaching faculty should be so good with words, communication, energy, and knowledge bringing all students together on one page.
  • It’s not just running a presentation and reading it online. No, it’s much more than that you have to do while delivering lectures online.
  • It shouldn’t be one-way communication. For what I’ve experienced and learned while I attended one of my sister classes online together with her; It appeared to be one-way communication. The lecturer never bothered having communication in two ways. All I felt was a lecturer running a presentation and cashing the time without showing any responsibility towards its students.
Effective Training shall be Introduce to Teaching Faculty!
  • Teaching faculty should be well trained to bring in scenarios, examples, exercises, and make it fun for students so that students can communicate as well. Be comfortable with each other bringing in points and knowledge. It’s not just a lecturer who is responsible for bringing in knowledge as if knows all.
  • Confession, I really got bored and I could feel the stress on my sister’s facial expression. I’m sure the lecturer in her way did a great job but sorry it was a pathetic experience. There wasn’t any communication and I am 99.9% sure all 19 other students may have been listening to songs, watching movies, and or doing anything but not acquiring knowledge.
    • Not a single student in the lecture was attentive.
    • No student was given an opportunity to ask questions but at the end.
    • Pathetic experience as lecturer just goes on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on. (How you felt reading on and on and on and on imagine that feeling throughout 1-hour lecture)
  • Un-like face-to-face teaching online teaching differs. It requires more energy and one should be known to strategies for having its audience being attentive and motivated.

The first impression is always the last impression!

You may want to consider training your teaching faculty for successfully delivering online lectures. For what I believe you achieve training your faculty students’ interest in online classes will automatically develop. Things will change in a positive way at both ends.

It’s not fair students are right at their end. Students are the institutions’ responsibility. It’s teaching faculty jobs to train, develop interest, and motivate all students towards online education. While its responsibility of institution management to conduct sessions for training and development to train its teaching faculty to deliver online lectures successfully with all students being attentive.

Get your Teaching Faculty Trained!

There are different strategies to successfully deliver online lectures. To get known and train your teaching faculty towards carrying out online classes successfully. Contact us for training your faculty. There are ethics of communication to communicate right. Ethics should be made introduce to students as well from teaching faculty for being attentive, speaking ethics, and art of listening. We all desire to carry out professional lectures where all listen attentively, speak ethically, and not as if we all arguing at a fish market.

Email us to train your teaching faculty at zubair@rts.com.pk.

Zubair Ansari

Zubair has more than 5 years of working experience. Has worked with prestigious firms in Pakistan as a Senior Customer Sales Specialist and is a professional Business Development Specialist. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/muhammad-zubair-ansari/

1 Comment

  • Samrullah Nazir

    (July 27, 2020 - 9:24 pm)

    Agree with you, Management should make a strong base for the faculty to deliver their potential to gain intrest of their students.

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