Technological advancement opens a new era in almost every aspect of our lives, including education. Despite its devastating effects, the COVID 19 pandemic has also promoted technological usage. With the restriction of people's movement during the pandemic, distance learning via the internet and gadgets become more important than ever. Through technology, knowledge can be accessed anywhere and anytime.
However, we found 4 existing challenges of distance learning: (1) Flexibility in time and space engaging with distance learning can also make it easy for students to lose focus and be easily
distracted; (2) Lack of real experience especially for classes which require hands-on or experiential learning such as medicine (surgery), chemistry, etc.; (3) Lack of social interaction since the distance learning is set in independent learning circumstances, students may lose out on elements of learning such as friendly competition between students and helping one another; (4) Financial support, which means the funding for scholarships and assistance in term of facilities and equipment are not as well-developed compared to onsite learning schemes. To resolve these challenges, our group offers these strategies to be adapted to existing
distance learning platforms: (1) Preparing offline materials, worksheets, and quizzes which supplement students’ learning and scheduling online assignments with deadlines to manage students' learning timeline; (2) Mitigate the loss of first-hand learning exposure with online resources as well as utilise study centers and lab; (3) Provide an effective platform to enhance students group work and discussion; (4) Develop a funding scheme for further educational development.
National University of Singapore
University of Indonesia
University Tunku Abdul Rahman
The University of Danang–University of Science and Technology
Khon Kaen University