Virtual and Classroom Learning in Higher Education: A Guide to Effective Online Teaching

Impact of Virtual Learning Environment on Effective Education

Author(s): Ankita Chaturvedi* and Aditi R. Khandelwal

Pp: 188-199 (12)

DOI: 10.2174/9781681089287121010014

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)


COVID-19 has changed the whole scenario in the education sector. Till now, virtual learning/online learning platforms were used to increase students' interest in subjects and learn something apart from the course curriculum in educational institutions. Virtual learning was used as a support to the available physical infrastructure. But since April 22, 2020, this scenario changed, and by default, virtual learning became the main platform for teaching and learning. All the classes are now being taken online for all the students, whether in schools or higher education institutions. In this study, researchers have tried to find the effectiveness of virtual learning environment on education. A total of 440 students pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate courses from different Universities of Rajasthan were asked to rate different aspects of virtual learning. Weighted Average, Rank Analysis, Correlation, Regression are applied to analyze the data. It is concluded that VLE is an effective technique for teaching the students and its major advantages are effective communication with the whole class, board visibility, doubts clarification, etc. However, there are some technical issues connecting to the virtual classroom, which has been the students' biggest problem. It still has been proving an effective and all the more necessary tool for learning and evaluation at a time when physical classrooms have become unfeasible. It is keeping the students on track and in sync with the courses in all subjects.

Keywords: COVID-19, Demography, Discussions, E-Learning, Education, Evaluation, Indian Education, Internet, Lectures, Lockdown, Notes, NPTEL, Online Classes, Online Platforms, Pandemic, Students, SWAYAM, Technical Features, Technology, Virtual learning Environment (VLE).

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