Title: Online education in COVID-19 scenario: challenges, mitigation strategies and exploring a case study in India
Authors: Anindita Desarkar
Addresses: Computer Science and Engineering Department, Jadavpur University, Kolkata 700032, India
Abstract: India is one of the largest nations with many geographical differences, which makes the learning process a difficult one in the present COVID-19 scenario. However, online mode offers big opportunity to reach out to students in remote locations though it has its own challenges too. This paper identifies a few such challenges and suggests mitigation strategies towards the same. In addition, an in-depth analysis is performed on a real COVID-19 student dataset to understand student overall behaviour in this pandemic situation as well as their experience in the online learning mode. Also, an automated framework of performing student feedback analysis is presented, which can be utilised to understand the quality of online classes by finding more useful insights from student responses. These measures will definitely support a vulnerable student population to overcome the uncertainties present in the period of extraordinary disruption.
Keywords: student; pandemic; learning environment; online education; psychological challenges; feedback analysis tool; India.
International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 2023 Vol.33 No.2, pp.205 - 229
Received: 02 Nov 2021
Accepted: 26 Jan 2022
Published online: 08 Feb 2023 *