STUDENTS PERSPECTIVE REGARDING ONLINE EDUCATION DURING 2019 PANDEMIC: A CASE STUDY ON THE PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES OF KARACHI
Online education is recognized and well-known method of learning in the developed countries, however, it is becoming popular in the developing countries like Pakistan. Coronavirus Disease 2019 was officially acknowledged as pandemic on March 11, 2020 by the World Health Organization. Beyond other sectors, education sector has also been affected significantly because of the pandemic. The situation tested the readiness of universities to deal with the crisis. This study is conducted to have the students’ view point regarding online education during Coronavirus Disease 2019 pandemic. Total 300 students of University of Karachi and Federal Urdu University participated in the research. Pre-designed questionnaire is used for the purpose of data analysis. Software used include SPSS and MS-Excel as both the software are easy to use and have user friendly interface. Results reveal that Recorded lectures are the most preferred mode of online learning. Most of the students are with the view point that electricity breakdown is the major technical issue faced during online learning. Moreover, communication gap between instructor and student is the major nontechnical issue faced during online learning. Traditional/ offline Education have been the most preferred mode of learning in usual circumstances.