The Covid 19 has played a significant role in changing the working environment in the world. People are working from home and performing different jobs as well. working remotely is taking a new transition in this covid 19 and providing a lot of opportunities for the young graduates or professionals who are stepping in the professional world. Teaching online and working online is becoming a challenging situation in this current wave of covid as well.
Working remotely is becoming a common trend and it’s associated with the part time, full time, contractual and project work as well. Remote work is meaning that working from the home at your comfort level while connecting with the community of virtual of different stakeholders of the job as well. so covid 19 is becoming the remote work year.
Remote work and Equipment’s
The remote work means that a professional is working from home or anywhere around the globe and they do not require any traditional office setup. To successfully required to perform remote work, a professionally qualified person needs to require a sound internet connection and laptop only.
Remote work and google search
Google is becoming one of the demanding search engines which provide millions of searches of the keywords that the professionals are trying to find some information related to their work and they are constantly using the google search as well. So google is a technological company which facilitates young graduates or professionals to use the internet effectively and find some good software of the different company, finding some professional on different social networking sites forum such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and many other sites as well.
Furthermore, google translation facilitates a professional or young graduate to translate their languages into different languages as well to perform the work from home job functions effectively and be able to negotiate professionals on different languages because of considering the diversity at the workplace and the nature of job description that required translation in languages.
The world is becoming a global village because the internet has created a lot of opportunities for young and professional graduates who are working for different organizations. To connect with the organization, a sound internet connection is required. So, the professionals usually get connected with the organization through the internet, do some different projects, and make connections to work better in the form of a team. According to one of the recent discussions is going on around.
What’s app group
In this covid pandemic challenge, the young graduates and the professionals are connected through internet devices and using a very famous popular chats box which is called the what’s app. The employers and the companies are using it well. The university instructor always sends the zoom link on what’s app group just to remind them back to attend the classroom as well.
Zoom is a video communication tool and it has been widely used by different professional organizations and university stakeholders to perform the job task effectively well. The zoom allows their users to schedule meetings, conduct classes, and communicate and negotiate effectively with their clients as well.
The online application process on the job portal
The good internet connection, laptop, and the ability to apply on different jobs for requiring different qualifications are required as a piece of equipment from work from home jobs as well.
The laptop is the equipment that the young graduates or professionals are working on a job purpose as working from home. There are different laptops are available in different price ranges and it can be purchased through shops in the markets as well as can be purchased online as well. Amazon is the perfect site to buy an amazing laptop at affordable prices.
The tablet is also one of the equipment so that the young graduates or professionals are using it as a job purpose while taking notes from the zoom meeting while working in a team as well. there are some of the benefits of using a tablet such as using a tablet that is easy to use and its very handful. It’s very quick to write meeting notes on it, it’s very easy to make excel sheets and word documents, etc.
Work from home job sites that provide equipment
There are different important sites which provide the office equipment while working from home as well because of this you do need to go to the office and work. You just simply work at your comfort level and use the office equipment effectively at your own home.
The buffer is the company that provides the students with different software while working with them. The company offers online social media management software which facilitates young graduates. The opening position in this job offers a laptop, free books, a free kindle, $500 for office equipment set up as well.
American Express is also one of the companies which provide young professionals or graduates to work and provide the monthly allowance for phone and internet services. This company highlights the features of handling credit cards etc.
The zapier company is offering 100 percent remote work and this company helps to connect with the brands and automate the business application. The company offers different jobs such as product design, software engineer etc.
World travel holidays
World travel holidays is one of the leisure company which provides opportunities to young graduates and professionals to work from home. This company offers a lot of benefits to their employers such as computers, monitors, keyboards, mouse, phone and headset as well.
West marine is one of the websites which handles the boating and fishing supply. This company provides a lot of job opportunities to work from home as well. This company provides computers, mouse , and keyboards to their employers as well.
The college company provides 100 percent remote work to the young graduates and professionals. This company offers software engineers and customer care representatives and many other jobs as well. The company often say to their employers that “we provide you all the office equipment such as laptop, internet, keyboard, and mouse and you have to work with us remotely with 100 percent commitments “.
The way fair is the company that offers good stores that offers some completely remote jobs. The company is often offering computers, keyboards, mouse, and phone for communication purposes as well.
I am using a Laptop while working from home taking online classes and working on different jobs
Currently, I am studying In M Phil in educational leadership and management at LUMS School of Education at Lahore university of management sciences in Pakistan because of this covid pandemic. Our university administration has decided to conduct classes online. So, I am taking my class regularly on zoom as well. However, I am also working remotely in three organization on a different educational project, First of all, I am working with the instructors from Agha khan institute of education development on one of the educational project ” Holistic science teaching lesson planning and reviewing ” in which I had job responsibilities to review the 20 lesson plan templates of science teachers who are working as a teacher of science so I am reviewing their lesson plan and providing them effective feedback as well. Secondly, I am also working as an assistant editor on one of the magazines “The particles “from LUMS School of Science and engineering where my main responsibilities to write articles on science education and science teaching as well. Furthermore, I am also working with one of the educational organizations where I am building my skills such as graphic designing, web development, digital media content creation, creative writing, social media marketing, search engine optimization, data analysis, and many others skills as well.
Research work and NVivo software at LUMS university Pakistan
I was taking one of the courses “observing schools” this was the field-based component course in which I had to write field observation notes and submitted it to the instructor. However, after writing field notes, the instructors had assigned us a task to write research on the field notes while using n Vivo software. Furthermore, the school of education stakeholders had provided us a software excess to work from the hostel on this task. So, I had conducted this research work successfully because I was working from a hostel and the software excess was shared with us through email, the point of discussion here is that I have used a very costly software for the research work, and its just required good internet connection, laptop, and the ability to perform the job task effectively.
Graphic design is one of the very important courses and it’s a very demanding course. This course facilitates students to work on different software such as adobe illustrator and adobe photoshop as well. Students must know of this course because learning this course offers a lot of job opportunities on campus as well as students can work remotely by just need a laptop, a sound internet connection, and the software that is required to learn in this course as well.
Freelancing is becoming popular among young graduates or professionals who are working remotely in the covid pandemic. There a lot of freelancing websites are available on google and it’s just required to search those websites to work remotely and earn well. So, in this connection, the sound internet connection and laptop are required to perform this job functions perfectly.
There is a different freelancing website that offers work remotely as well. These websites are Fiverr, Upwork, People per hour, freelancers, and many other sites. They are providing job opportunities and project-based opportunities so that the college students just need to update their profile info and applying for the different job application process as well. One of the college students shares her learning experience regarding working remotely, She has explained the benefits of work remotely as it does not require to into the office and work, as its extremely important for her work as well as work anywhere around the world at your comfort level, it’s just required sound internet connection and ability to have a command on expert level task. She has been working as a freelancer in the areas of writing and translation where she uses to write a lot of articles based on the different range in terms of words and she maintain the prices of articles accordingly as well. She also has experience in research writing, reviewing literature reviews, writing case studies, and reviewing case studies as well.
How we can be successful in remote work?
To become successful in the remote work while having all the benefits and equipment that the different company is offering to their young graduates and professionals. I am going to mention the tips and strategies to work effectively in remote work.
- Maintain your workspace set up
- Possess a sound internet connection
- Regularly checks emails and respond to them
- Create what’s app group with your company on phone to just instantly connect with them
- Maintain work and home boundaries
- Schedule your meeting effectively
- Create a do it yourself sheet for accountability
- Be visible at work on the camera while having a meeting on zoom
- Develop effective negotiation and communication skills
- Work on your health and wellness
- Create a google excel sheets to create the responsibilities and the job description task
- Maintain clear communication with your project team members and the stakeholders of your organization that you are contributing remotely
- Always try to take out time to socialize with people
During this Covid pandemic, the different university is offering their degree program of different subjects offering an online degree program in which the faculty members and students and stakeholders are meeting on online through zoom, Microsoft team and other software to get connected virtually to successfully perform the task as well. The university instructor teaching online while providing us a lot of reading resources on the LMS portal and they are also recording our session so that the students can watch the lectures online after finishing it. The instructors have also requested us to create a discussion forum where students just comment on the reading stuff and the instructors are responding to us back as well. All the classes are scheduled online on zoom considering the university shut down in this covid pandemic. To teach online effectively, the sound internet connection, the laptop, and the ability to work in remote settings.
Google classroom is free web-based services and it is one of the best software to schedule classes online for school-going children. This google classroom offers to attend the classes online, create a discussion with instructors and the class fellows by virtually connected with them.
Challenges in learning online and Students experiences
Covid 19 Emergencies on education has real influence in a way that its changes the way of my learning to study online effectively by attending the regular lectures from the faculty on zoom and Microsoft team, meeting in office hours from the faculty on zoom, attending dean town hall meeting from SOE LUMS.
I am also feeling challenges as well as doubt regarding using technology through online study such as when I am attending the lectures from faculty, sometimes, the internet signals drops and the lectures were suddenly stopped at my end, due to which I used to request my faculty instructor and TA that I was facing internet signals problem so that’s why I sometimes missed the lectures in the middle of online classes. I am feeling extremely worried because I missed my learning and important point from the concept, my concentration level has also deviated so to recover my productivity towards learning, so I used a recording of the lectures of the instructors which they use to upload on LMS as well as YouTube private channels which only students and faculty can access.
using Microsoft team is an extremely new experience for me in ethnography in education policy course, I always feel difficult to use its features, I think I need to use Google effectively to find out the YouTube videos for its tutorials so that I can productively learn.
Furthermore, I do not have my room where I can fully concentrate on attending online classes, I share a room with two younger siblings, and lives in a small house. When I used to be in the hostel in LUMS and was able to work there and I study in the library. I was so much relaxed in real-life classroom exposure and learning as well with SOE faculty, students, and staff Now I am at home and finding it hard to find such peace in covid 19 but I am utilizing my time and energies to read self-help books on google.
Another challenge is that the environment in my home is very noisy. I also share a room with other siblings, and I live in a joint family household. I feel that there was no notion of private space in my household. When I am attending classes online anyone can enter the room anytime and anyone can speak anytime. I always conscious of household chatter going on in the background and is never sure when something absurd, outrageous, inappropriate, or just plain distracting might be said. So, I cannot switch on my microphone while receiving lectures.
The issue of parents and siblings not understanding what is needed by students attending live online classes has been mentioned by quite a few of my friends. I feel that I need space, and silence in the background. I need a corner that I can get familiar with and use to attend classes, study, think, write, and so on. When I use to attend live classes I need to concentrate and not be distracted by background chatter and when microphones are on, I need to assure that I will not be disturbed or embarrassed by someone saying something inappropriate.
Household members need to understand that online classes are like the student being in a real class. Just because the student might be sitting in the room with them does not mean they can have a conversation with the student and also expect that the student will be able to attend, and more importantly, concentrate. If online classes are to continue and allow students to learn, households need to develop and implement effective SOPs to facilitate the students’ participation in classes and more effective engagement and learning.
There is a gender dimension to the issue as well. As a female student, I have been complaining about home environment issues than male students. I feel female students carry more of the burden of household chores and find less time for concentrating on studies that directly affect the productivity of learning no matter, how much motivation and inspiration you have towards learning, studies, and education. This is what I feel.
Some of my friends have also complained that parents and elders think that when they are sitting in front of the computer and are on the internet, they are chatting or playing games — they believe that if young people are on the internet, they need to be monitored. If they are chatting/talking, then they can be disturbed and their needs are no presumption of privacy or need for undivided attention. If they are on the computer, it cannot be for research or writing and it is okay to talk about chores. One of my friends was particularly upset: “My uncle — I live in a large joint family — uses a lot of swear words in his conversations. I do not have a separate room and the computer is in the living room. I can never have my microphone switched on as I never know when my uncle is going to be in the living room and what he is going to say. I am always petrified as to what others will hear if my microphone is on. And I am always tense when I attend live classes.”
The pandemic has forced us to move to online education quickly. And it might be with us for quite some time. A lot of people have been talking of access to the internet as a defining feature of the digital divide. It is. But, I feel, it is relatively easy to remedy. The home environment might be as big a factor, if not bigger, in making the field uneven between students. It seems to have a gender dimension as well. How are we going to address this? It will be an important issue to consider as we move forward
Disadvantages of online learning in Higher Education
This era is a sudden shift in the human lifestyle from hardware to software. This seems to be harder, but it has become the reality of now a day. Either you agree or disagree with the new set norms, but it is to be done. The spread of COVID-19 has compelled humans to adapt ways to meet up with their day to day life of all spheres, distinctly the education sector, by technology, as man has become a virtual animal.
There are different views which rampant in society about online teaching and learning. Some views are made because of self-centric and some are made on general perspectives. For instance, social media/internet was used for entertainment and exploration. And it has been a cheap source of keeping in touch with loved ones. It was an economical approach to see them and talk to them. People were used to showing their audience about their lifestyle. However, with the sudden change from on-campus to online the students has started their reservations about online learning. Very interestingly, technology has always paved the way in all fields of life. For instance, technology gives images or shapes (2D, 3D, 4D, 5D) of the unconcreted thoughts which the teacher tries to transfer in students’ minds. It had been noticed that most of the students of Pakistan were ignorant about the proficient usage of smart screens. But, now from layman to an educated one uses the same screen to get their works done, quite easily.
Here my question is that do not we know that the role of a teacher is also to transform student’s mindset i.e. develop manners, etiquette? I think the challenge for teachers of higher education is also that how do they take charge and develop some methods that would, hand in hand, introduce theories of digital learning, which will be covering all stages of learning like Bloom’s and SOLO taxonomy has done a lot to gauge students’ learning and teachers’ teaching outcomes. But my question is that is digital learning imparting the right skills among the students? Are we satisfying students and (teachers) ourselves about appropriate content-based teaching to students? Getting knowledge is like opening the doors of wisdom. People of ancient ages had their style of coping with their day to day issues. My question is that are we really teaching by virtual learning skills-based learning or we transferring content-based knowledge only?
Teaching online, technology and internet signals problem
Another limitation of online education that I will discuss is the digital divide. The digital divide is a major hurdle to online education. It restricts access to the majority of the students living in far-flung areas who do not have electricity, internet, or any of these luxuries. In the time of COVID, this digital divide became a glaring and existential issue as several students remained deprived of taking classes.
A video of Gilgit Baltistan was circulating, which showed how the students had to cross mountains and then reach a spot where their devices catch internet signals. It simultaneously gave rise to the trending hashtag on Twitter #internetforGB. But even after undertaking this perilous journey, there are issues. I while talking to my fellow SOE student from GB asked about the conditions to which she told me that the Internet signals are weak, and we have difficulty attending classes. Sometimes signals completely disappear. With inconsistent signals and hardly enough speed to browse, these students have to risk their lives to go up the mountains and attend classes. Through this, I just want to bring to light that in Pakistan, places like GB, Baluchistan, KPK, and several towns and villages face a similar issue.
I feel that online education bring a lot of challenges such as internet connection problems as well as the constant load shedding in different areas in Pakistan, I had personally felt a lot of challenges in load shedding in my areas where I belong, because of that my studies were constantly disrupting, although the issue has solved as well, Thanks to bringing those network companies who are bringing different internet packages bundles and I am extremely happy to avail it.
There are common problems that the students faced while getting online education such as adaptability struggle, technical issues, time management, self-motivation as well. The adaptability issues happen when students are transitioning from the traditional classroom into online learning classes and it is very difficult for students to accept this new way of teaching and learning in a remote setting while on-campus learning is not possible because of Covid 19 issues, I feel that we need to accept this change and welcome the remote learning mode with a positive attitude.
Secondly, technical issues happen when we are facing the internet signals problem while taking classes on zoom as well. time management is also another subjective issue and its varies from person to person, Furthermore, the self-motivation is one of the factors also which is also acting as an issue because students are not feeling well while attending classes and they are the missing campus, it is really difficult for them to accept the change in education paradigm as well.