We are continuing our training programs through online platform to reduce loss of studies due to COVID-19 and to encourage effective communication between instructors and students to keep the students engaged.
While THF has already initiated and launched online blended learning for selected Co-Curricular program activities in 2019, the management in response to the on-going lock-down due to Corona virus outbreak in Pakistan. Instructors are asked to cover the theory part in these down times, so practical classes can be given the due hours and more time once the institute reopens. Like other mainstream schools THF is implementing a mitigation strategy by delivering theoretical content online. Our objective is the continuation of our training programs through an online platform to reduce loss of studies due to COVID-19 and to encourage effective communication between the instructors and students.
Our main challenge is ensuring that students are able to access the material being shared online – therefore we have planned and used platforms that most of our students are already somewhat familiar with. Instructors are developing content/lectures that can be shared with students. Students will be able to access the material through Web 2.0 or social media applications that students find easy to use and familiar with, including WhatsApp, SKYPE etc. Through these applications, instructors are able to engage with learners and respond to questions and comments. Formative assessment or quizzes are also being conducted to gauge student learning through these methods.
Our Institutes are also working on further development of online learning to be able to address future situations such as these as well as to further enhance the process to minimize the negative impact on student learning should the lock-down persist for a longer time period..