ONLINE CLASSES IN DIFFERENT INSTITUTES OF PAKISTAN DURING CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC; MERITS AND DEMERITS
Responding to the challenges of corona pandemic, e-learning is increasingly being used in different institutes of Pakistan so that the students can have access to education from their homes. Despite all the efforts, students and teachers are still in the process of getting used to the new technology. So, there is a need to address this issue faced by students and faculty to cope with the online system of education.
Objective: To assess the effectiveness of online classes in Pakistani students.
Materials and Methods: Cross sectional research design was followed and a self-reported survey method for data collection was employed. Students all over the Pakistan were included in the survey. Data were presented in frequencies and percentages.
Results: Total 205 students participated in the online survey and recorded their response. 70% students were from urban setup, 61% students were attending proper online lectures, 65% were facing connectivity issues and 64% students weren’t satisfied with e-learning.
Conclusion: The study shows that although modern technology in education has brought revolutionary changes, yet it has to accomplish more achievements to fully replace the conventional method of learning.
Keywords: COVID-19, E-learning, merits and demerits, distant learning.