UNAIR students see limitations of online learning from positive point of view

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From the left: Halfie Zaqiyah Gusti Puspitasari, Alfina Rossa, Zanna Afia Deswari

UNAIR NEWS – Covid-19 pandemic has had impact on various areas of life, including the learning system at Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR) which has changed to an online system or blended learning. The entire academic community is required to adapt to these conditions to prevent the spread of the virus.

However, there are positive things that can be learned from UNAIR students. One of them is Halfie Zaqiyah Gusti Puspitasari, a student of nursing undergraduate program.

During her online learning, Halfie felt she had a lot of new experiences. Even though movement is limited, according to her, the positive impact of online learning adding new perspectives.

According to Halfie, during the pandemic, course learning have become more flexible. She also has more free time to do self-development, to start new relationships because of the communication network in an event up to the international level.

“The impact of online learning for a year depends on our attitude because the world will not stop and science will not die. Therefore, we must be good at responding and placing ourselves,” explained the class of 2017 student.

Online learning unites students with new people

Different from Halfie, Alfina Rossa or Rossa feels that she is quite enjoying online learning, even though sometimes the assignments given are more than usual. However, the student of Communication Science undergraduate program had a hard time going through online courses due to limited network that she thought about returning to Surabaya.

“I am very grateful that the provider understands as suddenly the signal works well for Zoom. There are no problems, “explained the class of 2018 student.

According to Rossa, classes that are held online actually bring together students with someone who cannot necessarily be met during regular classes as her department often holds classes in the form of webinars by presenting lecturers from other universities or abroad.

Varying assignments

Zanna Afia Deswari, UNAIR Information and Library Science undergraduate student, feels that online lectures make assignments given by lecturers more varied. Students are not only asked to make a paper or review, but also asked to make videos, podcasts, or other projects that can hone student creativity and skills.

“I personally really appreciate the efforts of campus, lecturers, and also friends in optimizing online lectures. Even though it’s not easy, at least we can learn many things and take lessons from the implementation of this online lectures, “explained the class of 2017 student.

Familiar with technology

Lucke Putri Anjani, Law student class of 2019, feels that online learning makes her much more familiar with technology. According to her, learning activities have also been well organized even though there are several things that need to be improved, such as the performance of AULA.

“Maybe what needs to be improved is the performance of AULA, which sometimes goes down when many students access it simultaneously, especially during exams,” she explained.

This constraint was also shared by Candra Rizal Sabili or Candra, a senior Lucke from class of 2017. According to Chandra, he became more cautious when taking a test or quiz online as he was afraid that the Internet network disconnected, or the examination page closed.

“The most crucial problem is when the internet network is unstable so you cannot follow the class well, when you are called by a lecturer and do not answer you are considered absent, miscommunication often occurs, and internet quota cost increases,” he continued.

This obstacle was also experienced by Farhan Fahrudin Subianto, an undergraduate student of Aquaculture, Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Sciences. According to class of 2017 student, apart from the fact that the network is less stable, student access to ask lecturers is becoming more difficult because often the answers from the lecturers do not answer the student’s questions.

From the left: Lucke Putri Anjani, Candra Rizal Sabili, Farhan Fahrudin Subianto

“Online classes seem easier, but unfortunately the absorption of knowledge is even more difficult and the lack of strict supervision encourages the lack of student responsibilities in pursuing education,” he concluded. (*)

Author: Galuh Mega Kurnia

Editor : Binti Q. Masruroh

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