The door to yet another online academic year has opened amidst the worsening pandemic crisis. Students are exhausted by their previous experiences, students hesitate to accept similar routes. Students were awaiting their campus fulfillment. But their hopes were crushed by the second yet dangerous wave of coronavirus followed by deadly infections such as yellow fungus and black and white fungus. Families and schools are getting used to this prolonged period of closures.
As the crisis surrounding us is getting worse, teachers are off to adopt the mandatory online teaching mode once again. Educators and administrators are compelled to make an effort out of the challenges offered by the crisis. After a year of suffocation, students and teachers are nearly used to this online teaching mode. Even though everyone knows the truth that education through digital screens will not be as lively and joyous as education in classrooms, we are bound to find new possibilities from these limitations. This new academic year may also be a coincidence for us to evaluate, correct, and update our minds and body.
Smartphone classrooms were devoid of actual attention and brightness; instead, it was burdened with boredom, negligence, painful memories and dimmed hopes. Kids missed their excitement of packing up bags and jumping into their school bus with an urge to mingle. School and college students withstood the significant loss. Canceled sports day and cultural fests, no shared lunches or canteen snatches, no farewells and tours, and massively increased screen time reflected 2020-21 academic sessions. Smartphones and laptops became the nerve of education. Well, along with education, we should examine its addiction too. Seeing countless movies or episodes and sleeping for hours became a "new normal" routine for learners. The non-availability of gadgets, which was a big issue last year, is currently boosted. It is now usual for school students to keep their smartphones or laptops.
Blended learning also contains some benefits such as reduced time and elimination of travel costs. Students can also attain several internships and online courses easily. Benefiting from these would advance your career in the future.
Despite the challenges and defects of last year's online learning, we can expect this year to be better, promising one. Have you gotten ideas on enhancing your e-learning? Let's hope students and teachers utilize the best of it.