Asst. Prof. Arnon niyomphol
Dean of faculty of technical education
Adaptation of education
After the World Health Organization announced that COVID-19 is a serious epidemic due to the spread throughout the world. One action to accelerate the situation back to normal is to increase the distance between each other in society, known as “social distancing” to prevent the epidemic from person to person. This approach has a significant impact on society, especially in the education sector.
Thai and international education management has adopted an online education system to enable education to continue. Both real-time online teaching and online teaching, recording video and audio for those who can’t learn in real-time, moreover to be able to review the lessons. The system for marking and grading is subject to change. Reducing the proportion of group work scores. The universities have to postpone the exam or alteration to the online examination.
Skills and knowledge-raising activities such as science camps, summer camps, both in the country and abroad, including tutoring schools and various types of skills schools, were stopped by the government. Also, libraries in all institutions and public libraries cannot provide services. Hence, all students have to do activities in accommodation, which the atmosphere is often not conducive to education.
Online learning must not leave anyone behind.
Modifying teaching and learning with online education has both advantages and limitations. Changing to all online teaching without preparation is like we have left some people behind. The digital gap will increase, and social inequality will be a problem for some groups to not be able to access education. Many poor students have unequal access to equipment. Online teaching in the whole system must be considered, with three issues: people, policy and technology. Not only students, even some professors, are still unable to access digital technology. It is already accepted that the teaching model has to be digitized. However, the crisis in COVID-19 caused the process to occur suddenly and unexpectedly. There is no even time to prepare technology and equipment, the teaching and learning process will change to online immediately. So, it’s not easy because solving the first issue must not create a more significant problem. And most importantly, the educational process must plan and think of the possible results comprehensively and impartially before acting. And believe the concept after taking action that no one left behind.
Roles and coping
The person who plays a role in online learning apart from the student who is the most important are teachers, school administrators and especially parents. Collaborations will make online learning successful. The government must manage the system and technological structure to have an accurate and comprehensive database. The big data about students, families, how much readiness, how much need, should be used to prepare help. School/university administrators require to facilitate teachers to manage online learning as efficiently as possible. The results of online education may not be elemental knowledge. Still, students will gain skills in technology, communication, networking, collaborative learning, and the ability to search for information, including digital literacy. As for the teacher, in addition to getting the same skills, more things are thinking processes, learning designs, activity designs etc. Various higher education institutions have developed theoretical ideas into practice such as professors and students at Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi invented a mask to relieve nasal irritation and coat an antiseptic against germs. Has produced non-rinse gels and sprays of alcohol. These are all admirable innovations. Regardless of the end of the COVID-19 virus situation, it can be seen that this creates an opportunity for testing our readiness and significant educational changes for all of us.