DISTANCE TEACHING DURING A CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF TEACHERS IN SLOVAKIA
University of Zilina (SLOVAKIA)
About this paper:
Conference name: 13th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 5-6 July, 2021
Location: Online Conference
Abstract:The year 2020 brought many changes, mainly due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The pandemic has affected almost every area of people's daily lives. To a large extent, the education system was also influenced, where it was necessary to switch to the distance method of teaching. In many schools, however, this was a problem due to the fact that the schools were not technically prepared for such a way of teaching. Initially, the teaching was rather improvised with the help of various applications and technological equipment, only to provide students with and present teaching materials. Gradually, however, individual schools, whether primary, secondary or higher education, switched to uniform ways of implementing teaching. Nevertheless, they did not avoid certain shortcomings and problems. The aim of the paper is to analyze and then compare the views of teachers from Slovakia on the transition from full-time to distance teaching. Teachers, including university professors, doctoral students, secondary school professors and other teachers, answered questions about the transition from full-time to distance teaching through interviews. They stated what are the main advantages and disadvantages of the distance form of teaching in the form in which it is currently taking place in Slovakia, but also what problems are associated with this form of teaching. For example these can be Internet outages, malfunctioning of the platforms through which teaching takes place or insufficient possibilities of control of students in their education.
Keywords: Distance teaching, internet platforms, pandemic.