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Local Impact of E -Learning during COVID 19; The Necessity of E-Learning to a Better Future for Social Science Students

  • I M Dissnayaka ,University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • W S N Siriwardhana ,University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
Abstract

The study emphasizes the local impact of the elearning process during COVID 19. The e – learning process was a new experience to Sri Lankan students and undergraduates. The implementation of lockdown and social distancing enforced as one of the preventive measures to spread the coronavirus infection which has resulted in complete paralysis of global activities. The education system was completely interrupted and to continue with the academic process there was a need of shifting from the regular learning process to e – learning, using Zoom and relative applications. This can be cited with an increased number of online lectures, classes, conferences, meetings, webinars, and paper discussions. It can be noted that the Sri Lanka is completely dependent on information technologies during this crisis. The study was carried out in the context of Faculty of Arts and it was intentionally used as a sample of this study. In depth interviews were used as a main data collection tool and all the outcomes were analyzed through thematic and narrative analysis methods. The result shows that majority of the sample is not interested in e- learning and most of them have evaded online classes and discussions during the lockdown time period. They were not interested to interact with this new learning process and they were seeking the traditional teacher centered process and note gathering education curriculum. According to the study it was clear that the lack of knowledge between students and lecturers on e – learning is the main reason for this situation and the addiction of excessive note gathering are the main reasons for the situation. It shows that the e – learning teaching skills and learning skills must be improved and the requirement of e – learning for a better future for social science students pertaining to the upcoming social economic situation.

Keywords: E-learning, COVID 19, Online learning, Social Science.

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