The emergence of communication devices brought about new possibilities for virtual learning that allowed learners and instructors to meet beyond their physical presence. So when the COVID-19 pandemic struck it only made online learning more conspicuous and valuable without barriers like location, religion and gender, amongst others. In fact, the ubiquity of virtual learning has created what is now referred to as the new normal and this prompted learners and instructors to interact at their pace in the comfort of their homes and offices. There is no doubt that virtual learning creates some sort of access but it also comes with some attendant challenges, especially to those who are regular users. It places some ethical precautions on educators who ought to ensure quality assurance by protecting people from impersonation and cheating during testing. This paper therefore discusses the benefits of virtual learning and identifies problems associated with it. It provides solution to the problems so that while virtual learning generates more access, it will not be at the detriment of quality.
PresentersChris. Olusola Omoregie
Student, PhD, Department of Adult Education, University of Eswatini, Swaziland
VIRTUAL LEARNING, NEW NORMAL, QUALITY EDUCATION, AND EDUCATIONAL ACCESS