COVID-19 has brought tons of negative impacts on education. Many institutions have started using the internet as a way to continue education. But, it led to increased psychological stress as well as withdrawal from studies in various socio-economic background students. Therefore, the need to prevent the loss of skilled and educated youth is especially crucial now. We, the team MEIVI, have come up with solutions to three major problems to online education that we have identified.
The biggest challenge is reduced teacher-students communication. The first solution that we are proposing is to have the government gathers experts to personally train existing and future educators on ways to maximize online learning experience by utilizing various creative content and virtual learning technology available online. The next proposed solution is to employ Artificial Intelligence (AI) electronic devices, provided by universities as virtual education kit, trained to have one on one conversation with a student on a particular subject without the need of continuous internet.
The second biggest challenge is limited internet availability, especially in financially weaker students’ groups. The solution to this issue is to provide a subsidized high-speed internet to the group of student’s families by setting up long-range wi-fi routers in neighbourhoods.
The third biggest challenge that has been identified is the decrease in social interaction that may affect students' mental health negatively. The proposed solution to this problem is to have lecturers to form small groups in a class to enable students to have their peer-to-peer discussion.
University of Malaya
National Cheng Kung University
Indian Institute of Science