Why I’m still trying to figure out online education.
Myanmar online school providers, in contrast to other traditional schools, do not have online classrooms, a major difference that makes learning online more challenging.
That’s why I’m now asking students who’ve visited Myanmar online schools for their thoughts on the topic, and whether they feel they can benefit from it.
I’m particularly curious to hear about how these online schools compare with traditional schools.
The students I interviewed said that they like the experience, and the school was very accessible, but they also had some concerns.
What is the most important thing they want from a traditional school?
MyanmarOnlineSchools.com’s head of content, Eungwoo Kang, says online education is “the most important subject” in Myanmar, which means there’s a lot of potential for it to improve people’s lives.
“This is why we believe online education will be a big opportunity for the country,” he said.
“The students who are enrolled in these online classes are able to work on the project in the same manner they would in a traditional classroom.”
What are some of the things they’d like to learn?
“One of the big things they want to learn is the concept of a class, and how it works,” Kang said.
What are the main barriers to online learning in Myanmar?
“The main barriers are money and time,” Kang explained.
“Money is the main barrier for many people in Myanmar.
So it’s not easy to find resources.
If they’re not able to pay for it, they’re still stuck with the traditional system.
They’re stuck with their families.”
I also spoke to the head of a traditional Myanmar online school, who is from a family with a family of traditional teachers, and who said that online education would be a great way for people in her family to learn the subjects they care about.
“If I can get the students to take online classes, I think it would be great,” she said.
I also asked her if she thought there’s any downside to using a traditional teacher.
“No,” she responded.
“They’re a great teacher, and they’re a real teacher, which I think is what people are looking for.
If I can find them online, I can make sure the students are getting the best education possible.”
Do you have any suggestions for what you’d like for future online education programs?
“It’s really important to make sure there are resources for them, and if they can’t get them, then I think there’s no reason for them to go to an online school,” she added.
“We want to be able to provide them with the resources they need, so that they can learn what they need to learn, so they can have a future.”
How do you feel about traditional schools in Myanmar being shut down?
“I think they should stay closed,” Kang added.
I was also asked if it’s possible for online schools to work in Myanmar’s increasingly urbanized areas, and what their advantages would be.
“I really hope so,” Kang responded.
We’ll have more updates about the students’ experiences as they go through the course, so keep an eye on the blog for more.
Posted on January 19, 2019 12:20:34