Online or Face to Face Lecture : What is Your Choice?
Online or Face to Face Lecture : What is Your Choice?
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Due to COVID-19, KU has been using a mix of online and offline courses since the first semester. In the first semester, KU conducted classes at a rate of 15.49% for offline classes and 84.51% for online classes. Now in the second semester, you can see that the ratio of offline classes has increased significantly, with 98.01% of offline classes including Blended classes and 1.99% of online classes. However, in the fall semester, most of the lectures were conducted non-face-to-face during the first six weeks, and from the seventh week, they have been conducted face-to-face and non-face-to-face. In this article, I interviewed some students at KU to find out their views on this

  1. Kang hwa-yeong, junior from the Department of Media and Communication

“Since it is the first time for all non-face-to-face classes to open, many problems have arisen. I think real-time and online lectures are less qualifying compared with face-to-face lectures. Based on my experience, during some real-time lectures, the sound quality was not good, which caused a lot of inconveniences to the students who participated in the lectures. Even if I tried to take online classes, I had a lot of inconveniences since the e-class server was frequently down. In addition, I had to take classes without interacting with professors, so I could not concentrate on the class well. Eye fatigue increased because I watched the screen for a long time to watch the lecture. Moreover, as online classes increase, I have come to discover myself getting more and more lazy. However, there were also advantages to non-face-to-face lectures. As I need not go to class, my free time has increased. Moreover, students who are afraid to interact with others can reduce the fear by taking time to be alone at home. To improve the problem of non-face-to-face lectures, I think that efforts of the school and professors as well as students are required. I think thorough management of KU is necessary to prevent servers in the e-class system that students use to take classes from being paralyzed. Professors should produce lecture videos with a detailed explanation so that students can understand them easily. Students should listen to lectures and do assignments without delay, even if the current situation is very uncomfortable. If all the problems raised so far are resolved, I personally prefer online classes to offline ones because the COVID-19 situation has not been over yet and many students come to school by school bus from various regions.

  1. Gu shin-yeong, sophomore from Department of Sociology

“KU is conducting non-face-to-face classes due to COVID-19. The advantage of non-face-to-face lectures is that you can listen to the lectures whenever you want to and watch the videos again if you do not understand or miss them. However, these advantages can be disadvantages. That is, students may miss the attendance check by mistake. Besides, it is impossible to ask questions to professors directly about the parts that students cannot understand. To help solve this problem, KU introduced a real-time lecture program called Zoom. In some cases, however, students and professors do not communicate well because they do not take face-to-face lectures directly. In the case of real-time lectures, there are times when programs slow down due to the use of many students, so this needs to be improved. As there are many problems with online lectures, I think it is better to give lectures directly with a small number of people. However, if there is a sharp increase in the number of COVID-19 infections in the areas where students reside, KU will have to consider returning to online classes again.”

  1. Park ye-bin,  junior from the Department of Media and Communication

“KU has been delivering non-face-to-face lectures due to COVID-19. I think it is not advantageous to take online classes, but there are also advantages. There is no time and space constraint when taking non-face-to-face classes. Online classes are good in that I can take the lectures whenever I want and I can take them at different times if I have other urgent matters. The classes of the professor who teach through real-time lecture programs add a sense of realism like face-to-face lectures. Interactive communication between professors and students is possible in real-time, and if you have any questions, you can have a question-and-answer time with the professor after the lecture. In addition, professors have become more proficient at manipulating real-time lecture programs than in the first semester. It is admirable to see professors providing quality classes even while purchasing microphones and equipment. However, since I cannot concentrate well on non-face-to-face lectures, I think they are less effective than face-to-face lectures. Even if the professor teaches students through the Zoom program, real-time lectures, I cannot concentrate on the lecture because the professor will not be able to see me if I do not turn on the camera. Besides, when emergency disaster texts come, when the audio of real-time lectures is automatically turned off, which makes me very embarrassed. The blended lecture is the most appropriate unless these problems are solved. Classes should be conducted non-face-to-face as much as possible, but if some lectures require face-to-face classes, they should be done. Rather than providing too many face-to-face classes, KU should continue to think about the ways to gradually increase the ratio of face-to-face classes while keeping an eye on the COVID-19 situation.

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