COVID-19: Empowering the 'learners' at higher education in India: Opportunities and Challenges.
Keywords:learning spaces, digital technology, media and technology, higher education, COVID-19, India.
“COVID-19 has been declared a public health emergency with international concern and is categorized as a Pandemic (WHO, 2020).The present study tries to explore- What are the challenges associated with accessing the online classes by the learners- their anxieties, fears? Were students able to get access to e-resources, readings etc.? What are the student's concerns regarding assessment and examinations? Were they able to get 'Learning space' to attend online classes, and their experiences? Have they got support from the family, peers, faculty, and institution with respect to their 'Learning' during the period of lockdown? The study uses a mixed method approach, to understand the student's views, experiences from various higher education institutions in India. The preliminary data from the study indicates increased anxiety related to examinations; loneliness and lack of peer support among the youth; and how they conceptualise 'learning spaces', apart from challenges related to learning spaces due to spatial and family issues. The study also indicates learner's positive outlook towards technology in terms of transparency, easy access and a great equaliser” (Idnani, D, 2020)*.
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