Proceedings of The 3rd International Conference on Advanced Research in Education, Teaching and Learning
Online Distance Learning: Thematic Study on the Challenges Faced By Educare College Inc. Primary Pupils
Claris Caga Belgica, Janice A.Calugan, Juliet Ugay Dumo, Larilyn Akiapat Simber
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a drastic shift from traditional to online distance education which resulted in many difficulties to our learning delivery modes. The purpose of this study is to find out what are the challenges of primary pupils in Educare College, Inc. in Online Distance Learning modality. The researchers employ the use of phenomenological approach and thematic analysis which include face-to-face and online interviews, watching recorded Zoom classes and observations were applied to synthesize and identify the challenges during online classes. Physical and digital distractions, technological and technical difficulties, institutional and academic issues, and personal and psychological barriers are the challenges that the pupils encounter during online classes. Designating a specific area or gadget for online classes, providing intensive training on how to navigate the online learning platforms, maintaining an open communication between teachers and students, using flipped classroom instruction, strengthening parent-teacher partnership in ensuring guidance while learning from home, and providing guidance and counselling to stakeholders are some of the recommended strategies that are suited to the new normal e-learning modality. This research will serve as a guide for educators and students and researchers in the use of online distance learning.
Keywords: Challenges, Education, Face-to-Face, New Normal, Online Distance Learning.