Covid and the virtual classroom: the new normal?
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Keywords

Virtual leaning, Covid, Medical education, Learning platforms, Virtual classrooms

Abstract

Virtual learning can be defined as software systems created to support the teaching- learning
process that allows teachers and students to communicate in an integrated manner through
cyberspace. The rapid developments in technology over the past few years, have led to the
innovation of systems through which information can be delivered independent of location.
The current COVID-19 climate has resulted in the restructuring of the educational system and
the adaptation of technology globally, so as to portray didactic ideologies. Investigation of
efficacy of the use of design software platforms in a virtual learning environment is paramount
as digitation has become a significant factor in the synthesis and dissemination of learning
materials within the educational system. The use of virtual classrooms is deemed advantageous
as it enables the incorporation of learning styles, decreases the incidences of learning barriers,
allows for adherence of Covid-19 restrictions, and enhances mental encoding and information
retention. It also comes with certain disadvantages, which are attributable to the technological
divide, economic and technological infrastructure, the user’s knowledge, perception and usage
of these technological advancements, and its possible alienation and educational
dissatisfaction. What and who benefits with these learning platforms; Is this the new normal
going forward?

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