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Coronavirus and shifting to Virtual Learning

By Dr.Mohammed Khalaf, A Ph.D,

The WHO has declared coronavirus as a pandemic that outbroke globally. Some educational institutions confirmed COVID-19 cases that made parents worried about their kids' life, the advice of health experts was school- closing. schools closure across countries because of the COVID-19 virus put parents in a difficult situation to keep the continuity of their kids' learning.

 As the COVID-19 coronavirus continues to spread, educators suggest shifting to virtual learning. This changing in educators’ plans go- highly with the current crises. Virtual learning is suggested to be the solution to enhance the continuity of learning, it is figuring out how to teach students from home. Learning online is a great challenge for most of the educational institutions to evaluate their ability to deal with crises. Some schools and universities proved that they are ready for any challenge; the Ministry of education in Saudi Arabia has indicated the most likely successful scenario in utilizing virtual learning. Al Baha university was one of the live- examples which accepted the challenge. Statistics in one week revealed highly participating in virtual learning, 71638 logging onto the online system and about 2741 daily virtual classes were created.

Some teachers may be surprised to discover new online tools, resources, and approaches to sustain their practice. Online learning is an appropriate environment for teachers to hit the ground running towards the needs of the new age. Because of its low cost of time and place, students can log on to their websites at any time and any place. Also, using online learning can motivate students to learn as they like using the internet.

Some positive aspects are mentioned here to encourage both teachers and students to use online learning :

  • Online learning does not require physical attendance.
  • Learning is self-paced (not too slow, not too fast. Students can view materials in many ways; they can read online or download them for reading later.
  • One of the outstanding benefits is flexibility meaning that online learning can be carried out asynchronously, according to students Online preferences and needs at any time and from any place.
  • Technology tools make collaboration among students and teachers much easier. Since many projects involve collaborative learning, the online environment is far easier (and often more comfortable) to work in since learners do not have to be face-to-face learning.

   With students at home and parents looking for educational activities, many companies are offering online platforms and websites for teachers to hand over the educational process. here, I have rounded up some of the best virtual learning tools! 

Active presenter

Atomisystems.com

Zoom (an online video conference software that offers the most basic functions for free)

Google classrooms

Wikis

Schoology

Although all mentioned outstanding points and unprecedented rush to virtual learning, some challenges are facing virtual learning, other educators warn that many students will be forced to get an “online penalty” that will cause them to fall behind in their studies.  Some students fall under conditions, they have seriously very limited access to the internet.

Teachers should simplify the process of online learning to develop students' motivation for learning online.