Teacher Experiments and Experiences of Teaching Online during Covid-19 Pandemic – Study of School and College Teachers

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Commonwealth of Learning (COL)

PCF10 Sub-theme: Inspiring Innovations // During the Covid-19 outbreak, in India, specific instructions had been issued to the universities, colleges and schools by the Union Ministry of Education and the University Grants Commission (UGC) to maintain academic calendar, examination, etc. through online teaching by using different online educational technologies (UGC Guidelines on 29th April, 6th July, and 24th Sept, 2020). Against this backdrop, the present paper analyses the experiments and experiences that teachers had undergone during the pandemic in terms of practicing online teaching. Descriptive survey method was used to conduct the study by using a mixed form of online questionnaire through Google Form to seek data from teachers at school and tertiary levels. Findings suggested that the teachers had experienced and experimented themselves in using new technology tools to teach online to the students and also created learning resources for the students. A group of teachers was also quite critical on the issues relating to availability of smart phones, internet facility in remote areas, absenteeism in online classes, difficulty to address the psychomotor and affective domains, assessment, etc. The implications of the study are that a positive confidence among the teachers had been built to use technologies in teaching both online and in the conventional mode. The study also implies that there is the need to orient teachers for using technology in teaching and facilitating student learning. It also implicates to develop required online teaching infrastructure by both governments and educational institutions. Further, in the post-pandemic situation, the study has the implication that a blended-learning environment is essential to be created in all modes of teaching and learning i.e. both campus-based and distance/online learning. // Paper ID 2354

Learning Management Systems (LMS),Blended Learning,Online Learning,Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC)