Tag: online learning

20 Jun 2022

What is the role of a moderator in a VILT session?

All over the world, the VILT sessions are happening at a rampant pace. It’s an aftermath of the pandemic, but conducting such sessions is not easy. The companies were looking forward to changing to the virtual training method due to the excessive costs of classroom-based training. But the change has been expedited by the pandemic.

Gen Z also cannot concentrate in-classroom training sessions and prefers VILT sessions where they can log in at a preferred time. It’s because it’s easier to focus when you are alone rather than with others in a classroom.

What is so peculiar about VILT that such sessions require both a trainer and a moderator?

  • Participants are not face-to-face:

The biggest loophole of a VILT session is that since the cameras of the attendees are off during such sessions, the trainer can’t see their facial expressions. Such expressions help trainers understand the difficulties of a learner. Hence, there can be a major communication gap between the VILT instructor and the participants, which the moderator bridges.

Hence, if the trainer does not know that his teaching speed is not acceptable for the attendees, there is a cognitive overload, i.e. too much information gets passed on to the learners in a short time.

The problem of not seeing attendees’ faces is a huge obstacle in synchronous VILT sessions to result-oriented communication.

It’s because, in such sessions, the trainers and students have taken out time from their over-packed schedules, and when they cannot comprehend each other, it is futile.

  • Helps the trainer in preparing for the session

It’s because there can be problems with a VILT session when large uploads are happening at the teacher’s end. The internet speed can get slow when live screen-sharing happens because, during this process, a stream of your video gets sent to the server from where the browser downloads it to the learners’ PC. Internet content upload speed is slower than the download speed. Hence during screen-sharing, the quality of the video call is average.

So it is better that if software screencasts are getting sent to the learners during the session, it’s better to record them beforehand rather than during the class. A moderator can help the trainer in recording a screencast video before the VILT session.

A moderator is someone who helps the trainer but is he required so essentially in the VILT sessions.

These are some situations that can arise during a VILT session for which the moderator’s help is needed:

  • The trainer can’t handle large sessions:

Another loophole in such a session is that sometimes trainers get nervous in large sessions and face technical issues.

For example, the learners might be unable to log into the meeting URL through their browser. So, they might send the trainer a message to resolve this problem. When so many participants send chats to the trainer, it’s tough for him to respond. That’s where a moderator helps to facilitate and responds to the learners’ confusion.

The moderator can access the meeting through a remote desktop and has no problems responding to the participants. A moderator must be an experienced IT person so that he can solve any technical glitches in time when a participant can’t access the VILT meeting URL through his web browser because it’s not compatible; the moderator can help him rectify the situation by switching to a different browser.

For example, the internet explorer is an outdated browser that does not work with web versions of the video conferencing software.

  • Preventing anyone from creating a nuisance during the meeting:

It’s a tough task to manage participants in remote learning sessions because sometimes, they may share some unwanted content.

Hence, a moderator can help the VILT trainer prevent the participants from sharing their screens if they send irrelevant content.

The moderator makes sure that such a participant is removed from the meeting. A remote moderator can immediately do this task for the trainer. So, the moderator can help the trainer block such a participant or change the options where no one can share screens except the host.

  • Makes sure that the trainer is not disturbed:

It can be ensured that the trainer is unaware when any participant leaves the meeting due to the lack of any notification because the settings can be enabled for the same.

However, the moderator calls the participant to enquire why he has left the meeting. A moderator can also mute a participant if he starts speaking between lectures. They can mute and unmute participants when needed based on whether they are talking about anything pertinent. If a participant is not allowing others to express their opinions, he can be muted.

  • Preventing latecomers to the meetings:

Moderators can also lock meetings to ensure that nobody unknown joins the meeting or any employee joins after a certain time. The meetings can be locked since they begin or after a certain delay after their beginning. This can help prevent any late entrants to a meeting.

In the end, the moderators allow the meetings to go unhindered, save the trainer from solving any technical and human problems, and focus on his topic during the session.


23 Mar 2022
online learners

5 Tips to make online learners finish a course

Online learning is everywhere, although creating e-learning content is tedious. But the course creators also have to create awareness about the existence of the course, i.e., its marketing. Herein lies the challenge for the e-learning companies USA must get adequate completion rates for their course. The course might have huge enrollment numbers, which is excellent because the fees are paid, but what if the students drop out of the course.

If online learning courses don’t see completion, they won’t be advertised because the students didn’t enjoy them. So, they can’t let anyone else know because they have not completed them. Due to lack of completion, the course does not get any testimonials or reviews to prove its quality. Also, when the course does not have any testimonials to corroborate its worthiness, how can online learning companies charge a high price for it.

  1. Clear descriptions
  2. The e-learning companies can do much about the course when there is a problem. Of course, the analytics’ reveal here the highest time was spent in an online learning course, i.e., which module was the most difficult. The module could be challenging to understand, or there could be some technical difficulty due to which browsing through it was tedious. In addition, the online e-learning course could have problems like vague descriptions. If the online learning course description is unclear, the learners might sign for a wrong course because they might not have completed a beginner’s course and sign up for an advanced course.

    This means that the learners have no idea what they are buying.

    The online learners should be given all the information before beginning a course, including the course length, deadline, projects, and technical requirements.

    They should also be given the instructor’s email ID and phone number if they have any trouble.

    The learners should also know the technical skills needed for the course because they might have trouble completing it if they don’t have them.

  3. Availability of an instructor
  4. The learners can also have problems with the instructor. Maybe he is not available on time to handle their queries, or he does not exist. The online learning vendor signed up somebody to create the course, but he left afterward. So, an instructor is not available to handle course-related problems. Hence, the online learning vendor must stay in touch with the learners to know whether they are getting any in-time support.

    Thus, the learners must post their queries on online discussion forums built especially for this purpose. If a regular instructor is unavailable, a part-time instructor can be hired to provide a VILT session once a week. Make sure that the learners are informed about such a session through email.

  5. Complete accessibility
  6. The learners also feel it’s an issue to complete the course when they can’t leave their desks because the course is only accessible on the laptop or desktop. The course must be accessible outside the hours and across all devices. It should not have a restricted availability so that the learners cannot leave the office to pursue the course. The learners should be able to download course-related materials to go through them while they are traveling on mobile phones.

  7. Online forums
  8. Having an online community is also vital because the learners discuss their queries, which helps them with FOMO. Once they know what other learners are doing through this community, they also get encouragement to finish the course and not to lag. Learners carry through a course because they know their friends have done so. Online learning courses also have problems because the students miss the live interaction with classmates. This can be replicated through the discussion forums, where students can interact through chats or even video calls. When students get access to an online discussion forum, they must be required to post a query with a certain word count.

  9. Due recognition

The learners also get an incentive to finish the course when recognized on the company’s Facebook page. They can also be given additional resources such as EBooks for assistance with course material. When learners are given badges that they can display on LinkedIn pages, they get a winning sensation, and this is why they finish a course. So, this is how you can make learners complete a course and benefit the business

23 Feb 2022
online learning

How can organizations ensure completion of online learning?

Online learning has seen a great impetus these days because it’s standardized.

But there are many reasons why learners don’t complete a course although they have signed up for it. For example, a study has revealed that the dropout rates are even high among Harvard learners, as high as 96%. But the online learning companies can ensure that their courses have some elements so that the learners finish them. These are the following tips for ensuring that:

  1. A logical Schema in the course: A schema is crucial for a course that decides its structure. Human beings tend to grasp information better when it’s organized with proper relationships. The learners feel motivated to go through a course that goes bits by bits building upon their understanding. Moreover, show the learners how pursuing the course can contribute to their skills and attain better performance. This way, with a practical application of the knowledge inbuilt into the course, learners retain things better.

  3. Social-emotional learning: Social-emotional learning is also a useful way in which learners can be made to complete the course. This kind of learning allows the learners to imbibe information more easily because it combines emotional and social skills to create better outcomes. It teaches skills like social awareness and empathy to learners. To become better employees, self-awareness must be taught to them because it is a prerequisite to self-management.
    It includes the ability to understand the inner thought, values, behavior, goals, and emotions which manifest into behavior. Hence an employee who has self-awareness has a positive image and knows why he is behaving in a certain manner. Such an employee knows the triggers which can cause him to lose control. Furthermore, it’s important that the learners are taught skills such as self-management to ensure that they attain financial success and goals by monitoring their emotions and behaviors (responses) in various situations. Self-management includes the employees’ power to control their emotions, understand their duties, and attain them.
    For example, when employees are taught self-management, they get role clarity. Hence they know their responsibilities at the workplace and how they help the organization. They get an idea of whom they are dependent for completing such duties. They also understand how organizational goals are crucial, and online learning can help them attain them and complete the course. They comprehend their future roles and don’t lose sight of their learning targets. They also don’t allow their goals to take precedence over organizational goals and hence don’t get distracted.

  5. Emotional well-being: It has been discovered that our Brain development and consequent learning are highly affected by physiological conditions, including emotional and cultural well-being. Therefore, the learners must not be subjected to any kind of stress which is not conducive to learning. Hence the individuals must not feel discriminated against because it can be detrimental to their cognition and learning. Furthermore, it has been proved that stress can cause a person’s physiology to alter and undermine the functioning of his brain, significantly reducing his working memory resources.A company can ensure that the students/employees don’t suffer from any lack of cultural wellbeing by holding interventions for them. With any cultural misalignment, employees can feel invalidation which causes them to lose their emotional well-being, affecting learning capability adversely.

  7. Productive environments: The learners must also be given productive environments optimal for their learning. The learners must be encouraged to create social identities with their newly acquired knowledge and skills. This makes them retain more because they know that they serve a purpose in the company. Hence the learners must be respected in their organizations; their values are given due importance, and all the members must have shared responsibilities. There should be a focus on building strong relationships among employees to feel emotionally secure.

  9. Scope for exploration: Exploration is also an important part of the learning environment for adults. It implies that the learners must know when to continue learning or stop doing that because they have goals. The employees can be paired in groups to figure out answers to particular problems, like what will happen if something is done in a certain way. The employees can also be given equipment materials to seek the relevant answers. Once they get their answers, the employees can reflect on them, allowing for better retention.
  10. Developing habits of mind for life-long learning: The employers can ensure that the employees develop habits of mind such as reasoning, which are critical for continuous and independent learning. Hence positive learning environments are a must for teaching such habits. The employees become learners and develop curiosity and a hunger for comprehension. The employees must ensure that the learners are included in their choices which require planning as a prerequisite.


In the end:

The learners also need physiological ways to learn. It’s true that young people’s emotional and academic development are related. A student/learner who is not getting a good environment at home fails in his grades. Hence, it is important that for better learning, students/learners are provided with sleep, social relationships, and positive emotional associations so that the brain is ready to grasp the information served.

30 Jun 2021
online learning

How are companies providing online learning?

Education has undergone a huge shift during the pandemic. One of the main reasons for it was the social distancing norms followed during this period, which prohibited the students from having an access to being physically present at the venue. Online learning is the new rule now with so many professionals turning to MOOCs for boosting their skills as the pandemic affected the required job skills also. Online learning got a boost because laid-off employees wanted to add to their skills to have a stronger resume. While online learning can be imparted to learners, there is the problem of how to give them credits i.e. Credentialing.

Credentialing is not a problem with MOOC’s because although the course is imparted through online learning; it is always imparted through a university that grants a certificate after the course finishes.

However, some MOOCs offer nano-degree programs which involve that the learner completes some projects before the certificate of completion is issued to him. Nano degree programs are preferred by working professionals these days because they don’t have time to attend regular courses. Also, on the other hand, nano-degree programs have the best placements because companies value the skills acquired by learners in these programs. Elearning companies in India prepare the content of such programs with specialized SME’s. The elearning companies provide the projects for such programs. The industry experts have helped in designing such projects and confirm whether they meet the competency standards required for a certain domain.

These programs have become crucial for companies because there has been a change to a digitalized workplace now and employees need new skills to adapt to such a transition. Companies today need to protect themselves from faulty software, cybersecurity attacks and data losses that can cause closure of business.

However, companies need to hire professionals who are skilled and can handle such problems with ease.

These programs also involve the LMS that makes sure that learners can access the course content and there are webcasts which the learners can watch in their spare time. Hospitals use such content to impart training to employees. Also, such programs are necessary to make sure employees get accreditation as per the compliance rules of this industry.

These online learning courses also consist of workforce assessments that, make sure that the learners are tested before they begin the course. When the results of such pre-assessments are yielded, learners get advice about which skill sets do they need further.

Since the elearning companies manage the execution of such courses, they provide a dashboard from which universities can check how many students have enrolled and how are they proceeding. If the university has a tie-up with a company, the latter can also check whether employees are registering for the course or not.

Companies should provide employees with such courses rather than hiring someone to replace them because advertising for such vacancies costs a lot. It’s also true that companies sometimes find it tough to get such talented individuals because they need higher salaries which are unaffordable. So, reskilling employees, is the practical way out. Companies need IT skills because they make sure work processes can be upgraded to suit customer’s and employee’s needs. But then the employees need to be trained to use such upgraded IT systems. Then, the ROI of the business can be increased due to the heightened speed of employees and better customer satisfaction rate.

15 Mar 2021
online learning

How to create integrity and security in online learning?

Elearning is one of the most important parts of modern-day online learning today.

The teachers are now teaching students through tools such as Google Zoom. However, there can be someone who can disturb a Zoom call and show inapt behavior towards kids. Make sure that there are authentication measures used so that uninvited members don’t become a part of Zoom call. There should be proper credentials given to members to access the Zoom call.
Participating in such a call without the proper authorization is known as Zoombombing . This happens when someone gets access to the link of a Zoom meeting. Such links are indeed shared between coworkers etc. Someone can also get access to such links when they google Zoom.us. So, this Zoombombing is used to laugh at the participants or show them vulgar content in a Zoom meeting.

There can be various Settings changed in a Zoom meeting to prevent Zoombombing.

Following is the list of measures you can take:

  1. You can go to the Settings tab on the personal dashboard of the Google Zoom call page.
  2. Then click on the Embed passcode in the meeting link for one-click join option and disable it. This option makes sure that unauthorized members can join the Zoom chat without even having the passcode for it.
  3. You can also disable Screen Sharing so that participants can’t share anything from their Desktop on the Zoom chat. The host of the meeting should only be able to share something from his Desktop during the call. This option can be disabled by selecting the Hosts Only option as per the Screen sharing option.
  4. Nefarious files can be sent in a Zoom chat. So, make sure that this does not happen. This can be prevented by allowing users to share files of only authorized types. This can be done by choosing the option “Only allow specified file types” under the File transfer option.
  5. Some unauthorized participants can also take part in the Zoom call. This can only happen when participants are allowed to rename themselves when taking part in a call. This should be completely unallowed. It can be achieved by disallowing the option “Allow participants to rename themselves”.Disabling this option will ensure that the participants who have been allowed can only take part in the Zoom call with their original names.
  6. There are also other threats to data security apart from Zoombombing. There is another way, this Zoombombing can be prevented. There is another option that has been disabled which is “Allow participants to join before host”. Don’t enable this option under any circumstances. In case, the participants have come to attend a Zoom call before the host they should wait. They can do so in a “Waiting Room”. Since April 5, 2020, this feature is allowed by default. The participants can later join the call if the host allows them.

How to protect the training data?

LMS must also be a secure portal. This means that the LMS must have an HTTPS security certificate. This is important so that no one can hack the LMS portal or the student’s PC through the LMS. It’s also important that the content is not hosted on a cloud-based LMS platform. Instead, there should be a dedicated hosting server for your LMS portal or make sure it is hosted on the same server as the corporate website.

The data hosted on the LMS must be backed up also. This way, even if the LMS is hacked, the data is protected. The LMS must have encryption of data so that it can’t be hacked.

This is how data in online training can be prevented from being accessed by malicious parties.


17 Dec 2020
how to make online learning more effective

Tips for designing an effective online learning course

Online learning has become a major goal for every company.

Organizations have become quite cautious about the quality of the online learning delivered by them. There are many factors which decide how good is online learning delivered by companies. You can note down the following factors which are important for online training:

    • Team up with an elearning solutions provider– You should collaborate with an elearning solutions provider whose LMS you are able to trust. If you are going to use a new LMS, make sure that trials have been done on it. This LMS will be used by employees to log in and then view the content. Hence it has to be perfect.


    • You can get content online-Sometimes, companies don’t have elearning solutions provider. Then, in that case, they can get the content available online. This is good for saving costs. You can use this content along with your own content created by a content writer to cover some of your learning objectives.


    • Staff support– Although Captivate and Storyline are powerful tools, an organization must have the budget to use them. If it does not have the budget, then there are other alternatives available. These alternatives are Nearpod, Powtoon and Thinglink. These tools are available free of cost. You can also get the license for authoring tools for creating the main learning objectives.

There is a need for staff support to be able to use these content authoring tools. The choice of such tools depends on the regularity in the interactivities like drop-downs and scenarios created by you. Also, the activities that you desire in an online learning course must be supported by such a tool. Then, the IT person won’t have to work on many tools.

    • Knowledge about the tools-Although the employees can be allowed to use tools, they already know, this can result in the creation of poor quality content not effective for learning and training. The aim of an organization should be to use content authoring tools that meet their requirements for reliable training materials.


    • Branding is also important– Branding is important in the distance learning strategy of the company. This can only get the desired participation from employees. The employees when they see the brand in the online training material feel joyous and know that the material will meet their learning objectives. The branding in the online content should be the same as the branding used in your website.


    • Deciding about the activities in online learning– It’s important to check whether the online activities are in sync with the profile of the learners. You have to check beforehand whether the learners are low level or high level. For example, branching scenarios can’t be used for low-level learners. Hence for these learners, there should be video clips and then questions which will engage them. Bloom’s taxonomy can be used to create questions and interactivities for the learners.  As per the levels of this taxonomy, which are knowledge, understanding, applying, analyzing, creating and evaluating, learners can be divided into different groups.


    • Existing online resources-You will need to decide what is the worth of existing online resources. These resources are there on the intranet of the office. They are pdf files. So, whether you need to redesign them for the purpose of online learning or they can be used as it is, depends on your learning goals


  • Ease of access-There are some other requirements of a course about which you must be clear. They are what should be the word limit on a page, how one will browse through the course, the language, whether it should be English or the native language, the style of writing, and size of text and colours etc. The styles of headings also matter a lot for the learner.

So, these are the few objectives for organizations that want online learning courses.

20 Nov 2020
online learning

National Education Policy 2020 to boost online learning

Online learning in Indian education is about to receive a major boost with the (National Education Policy)NEP 2020.

This policy has replaced the national education policy of 1986. The major changes suggested under this education policy are as follows:

No other activity for Indian teachers: The teachers will be deployed for teaching only and no other service such as elections. The responsibility for the quality of education lies with teachers. There will be 1 teacher for every 30 students in school. However, the teacher-student ratio is not so favourable in Delhi. There is a single teacher for every 35 students. In Bihar, the situation is even worse where there are 32 students for every single teacher. Apart from public schools, the government will also improve the situation in private schools because there are 40-50 students in every class and a single teacher is catering to them. 

More schools by the affluent: Government plans to open more schools through rich people. Apart from that, it wants to delegate auditors for supervising such schools. The government will approve the schools set by such affluent people. The government will make sure that rich people just act as benefactors of such schools. 

Regional language education: Students till the 5th grade will be taught in the regional language. 

Higher investment of GDP: There will be a higher investment in education by the government. The central government and the state governments could increase the investment in the education sector to 6% of GDP. 

Build up online learning: As far as digital education is concerned, there will be efforts to strengthen the same. This implies that the National Education Technology Forum will be established. 

Elearning platforms like Swayam will be extended: The Swayam portal has courses for students in different fields such as Architecture and Planning, Education, Engineering and Technology, Humanities and Arts and Law etc. This portal contains content on subjects in courses taught from class 9th to the level of post-graduation. So, any student in these classes can log on to this portal and view video lectures on the subject of his choice. They don’t have to pay any kind of fees for accessing the course. Apart from that, they can also access the quizzes hosted on this portal. There is also an online discussion forum where students can get their doubts cleared. 
For getting a certificate from this portal, the students will have to appear in person at the specified centres for appearing in exams. The UGC has already granted the credit framework for online learning courses through Swayam. Under this, the universities have to recognize those courses where they can grant credit to students for courses they have done through this portal.

To monitor the quality of content on this MOOC portal, 9 organisations have been delegated. These organizations include AICTE, IGNOU, NCERT, IIMB, UGC etc. Students can pursue courses of different durations of 4,6,8,12,15,16 and 24 weeks from this MOOC portal.

Teachers will be trained to use these platforms. 

Virtual labs will be established

This is how National Education policy will have an impact on students.

19 Nov 2020
Servers of educational institutions in online learning

Are servers of educational institutions really safe?

Online learning is the new concept for colleges and schools ever since Covid 19 pandemic took centerstage.

But its security is also important. During the months July, August and September, there have been 1000 phishing attacks on servers hosting educational websites. These are websites of educational institutions. This figure of cyber attacks was found out by Barracuda Networks. In August this year, the Institute of Open and Distance Learning in the University of Mumbai had to cancel exams after its server was attacked by cybercriminals. The same was the experience of Manipal Academy of Higher Education whose exam software contained malware. It infected the systems of students who opened it. The hacking of student’s computers is a serious concern for students. Students who are looking to learn online are quite perturbed with such attacks. This is seriously shocking news for proponents of distance learning.

Now, let’s learn what’s a phishing attack through an email?

In this case, the phishing emails were sent using the .edu domain due to which clearing all the spam filters on a student’s email account was quite easy. So, when a server with .edu domain name is hacked, you can get access to a lot of emails with a domain name ending in .edu. The search by Barracuda Networks also found that almost 3/4ths of phishing emails sent to students were from accounts of those associated with the educational institutions.

Phishing is an attack through an email where the recipient is lured into opening an email. When you open the email, malware is installed on your system, and it pilfers sensitive information from the system.
Indeed, the security parameters in India on the school and college servers are not as good as those on corporate servers. There can be two disadvantages when an educational server used for online learning is hacked:

  • It contains sensitive information: Since the student’s attendance and personal identification information in such courses is stored online in servers, such information theft can prove to be dangerous. Nefarious people can use such information to get ransom from parents of students.
  • Cheating becomes easy: It can also happen that the information about exam papers is leaked in the cyber world where students can easily access them.

So, the providers of distance learning courses are now concerned with making the systems safe for students. Hence they are asking the elearning solution providers what are the steps taken by them for data security. This includes the servers on which the data is stored, data audit and whether such companies have hired data security professionals to keep the data safe. Most of such companies are using ERP systems for hosting the company data.

Now apart from elearning solution providers, educational institutions providing online learning courses are also taking steps to ensure that the data is safe. For example, the BML Munjal University is trying to implement data security across all users of the distance learning system including teachers, students, and staff in management. The attacks could happen across all these end-users and hence it is necessary to filter their access.

So, it is best to make servers of online learning systems safe to protect confidential student and parent information.

19 Nov 2020
online learning in US

Schools moving to online learning all over the world

Schools in Colorado to be shut down from November 30

Online Learning is getting adopted very fast in the world due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Now, there is news that the US has already started adopting distance learning.
The Academy District 20 region in Colorado will make a move to this form of education. This is because already 10 elementary schools in this district are on elearning mode. In fact, since 14% of the teacher-student population is experiencing quarantine, it’s no longer feasible to run schools. There are not many teachers left to teach. Transitioning to elearning is also considered beneficial with the hope that since students will be studying from home, it will lower the spread of Covid-19. Apart from the break caused due to elearning, the district will also experience the break due to Thanksgiving Holidays and Christmas Holidays. This transition to elearning will happen from November, 30th right after Thanksgiving Holidays to 18th December, covering 3 weeks.
As per Tom Gregory who is the Superintendent of Schools, this move requires a lot of supervision of children by parents to see whether they are attending online classes or not. He is quite hopeful that since society is taking all the precautions, the learning will soon return to school-based learning. He expects the students to follow all precautions during this quarantine like wearing safety masks and washing hands. They must also follow social distancing measures.
Western Schools Corporation sends letter to parents
In another similar move, schools in Indiana will also be shut down. The Western Schools Corporation has sent a letter to parents informing them, that between 15th November and 26th November, education will be imparted in an elearning mode.

This letter which was sent to parents on November 15th stated that 6 members from the student, teacher and management population have been found positive for Corona Virus and hence it’s imperative to shut the school. Since these members must self-isolate, it was not possible to open the school. As per the letter, the staff had been shuffled in the last few weeks so that no shortage was experienced, but now the problem had escalated. When there is no schooling happening, the 6 isolated members won’t have to come to school and hence spread the disease.
In Dubai also, 83% of schools are imparting education in an online mode, whereas 17% of schools are running on a classroom basis. The teachers here are finding the move to elearning quite effective because it has brought new technology on the table for them. They can learn devices like Ipad.
In schools, blended learning is being followed, where distance education is combined with classroom education sometimes in a week. So, this is where education is headed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

17 Nov 2020
Online learning challenges

Challenges in online learning: How to overcome them?

All over the world elearning and online learning have taken over a big way in education.

However, teachers and students both are coping with the challenge. There is a big difference between elearning and online learning. Although both of them require web-based access, elearning requires someone to log in to a portal and complete online assessments and watch prerecorded lectures. On the other hand, in online learning, students and teachers are present at the same time although at different places and connected through a webcam. The teachers deliver lectures to students through special software. So, elearning is independent learning i.e. learning at own flexibility for a student.

Online learning requires some hard work from the student’s side. The students can feel less motivated because there is no communication with peers in such courses. So, they cannot feel the urge to complete the module. This issue can be resolved by making them go to schools at least once in a fortnight. To be successful in online learning, it’s better to encourage interactions among classmates.

Effects on students

    • Lack of time management: In elearning students also get the desire to perform because they don’t compete with anybody. Also, there is no time management needed if the classes are not conducted on time. In schools, online learning classes are taken on time. So, students are motivated to do things on time. But in elearning courses, this is not where students have to listen to prerecorded videos. There is also no extra pressure on students. So, students should build up self-motivation to have proper time management and complete the assessments and classes as per schedule in elearning courses.


    • Social isolation: It is one of the most important effects of elearning. Students don’t have any interaction with the teachers.


    • Slow feedback: Students also don’t get a simultaneous response to their answers, unlike a classroom in elearning. When they post their query on a chat messenger the teacher might not be online and respond with some delay.
      Moreover, although elearning modules have assessments built within them, they lack personalized answers given by humans. The solution to this problem is that professors can video chat with students during their office hours.


    • Lack of communication: Lack of communication may also manifest itself in other forms in online learning. The students since they don’t get a chance to interact much with other students and teachers, might not develop team skills also. In the future, such students might develop as graduates who have theoretical knowledge but can’t communicate well face-to-face. The solution to this problem is that students must be encouraged to give online lectures during such online learning and elearning to boost their communication skills.


    • Cheating during online tests: The students have a lot of options to cheat during their assessment. In classroom assessments, the teachers can monitor the students or there is a video feed but on online assessments, the students can access google. Although a webcam may be used to verify the student’s identity, sometimes, the students might turn the webcam off during the test and make someone else take the test on their behalf. So, checking students through online assessments is quite tough.

      There are measures built-in online learning tools which can prevent such cheating. Online proctoring is the ideal solution. In this technique, the student is verified before the test through the webcam where artificial intelligence is used to match his face with that given on ID. He can’t turn the webcam off during the test. The screen feeds of the students are shared. Even the audio and video activities are recorded and any background noise is treated as a red flag. Any unwanted objects captured in the video recording are also indicated as a red flag. This method also restricts candidates log in to their device through a specific IP address. It also makes sure that candidates are not able to switch windows during the test.

      So, this is how online learning is advancing despite its shortcomings.


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