The teachers’ hard work so far is truly commendable. Amidst social restrictions due to the Covid-19 outbreak, they are still passionate about doing science and teaching. Hardly anyone would have thought that the face of education would change drastically as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, the concept of homeschooling has never been mainstream in the national educational discourse. Although increasingly popular, the application of online learning has so far been limited to open universities, staff lecture programs at some universities, and additional courses (online courses).
However, policies of physical distancing to stop the spread of the epidemic forced a shift from formal education at school to learning from home with an online system. The online education system is certainly not easy. In addition to the personal discipline of studying independently, premises and resources must be made available.
Provided that the end of the pandemic period, which has been going on for 10 months since mid-March 2020, is not yet certain, strategic steps are of course required to implement learning during this pandemic transition period. This step is considered to be very important because if not prepared properly from the beginning, loss generation or even death (extinction of education) may occur. Education in the sense of a process that accompanies learning does not exist (inductively) or has even died out.
With a distance learning system, some problems are likely to arise in the ongoing learning process. Of course, students and educators from all walks of life need access to good internet. However, there are many areas with poor or poor internet access, so this becomes one of the obstacles to carrying out teaching and learning activities properly.
In addition, there are quite a few students who do not achieve maximum learning success. Both from the material and the assignments given by educators during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Online learning is indeed time and space superior, it can be done from anywhere and anytime. However, this does not mean that it is without weaknesses, e.g. B.: quickly tired, tired, less inductive, less contextual, can not be complete, pseudo-interaction, and particularly difficult to achieve, the implementation of learner character building.
With a distance learning system, students do not have to come to school or campus to learn. Many facilities are eventually implemented by educators to conduct teaching and learning activities remotely. Distance learning institutions cannot be ignored by the development of information and communication technology.
In this period of adjustment to new habits during the Covid-19 period, if all the educational actors in this country work together, I think it can be used as an impetus to revitalize our education. Let go of inter-ministerial sectoral selfishness.
The issuance of the decree of 4 ministers: Minister of Education and Culture, Minister of Religion (Win), Minister of Health (Menkes), and Minister of Interior (Mendagri) regarding the guidelines for the implementation of the equal semester learning for the academic year and The academic Year 2020/2021 needs to be carefully translated by many parties, especially organizers of educational institutions and learners, both undergraduate, middle and high school students.
The task of educating and characterizing this nation is not only the Ministry of Education and Culture, especially during the Covid-19 period. Of course, Internet connection problems should be the domain of the Ministry of Communications and Information, then health problems fall under the coordination of the Ministry of Health. With ministries and departments working together to prepare the infrastructure, nothing is impossible to build the intellectual quality of students to stay healthy while adapting new habits in the Covid-19 era.
Educational practices in the digital age require continuous innovation and creation so that teachers and students do not feel bored and bored easily. Also, don’t interpret online learning as simply asking students a few questions that they must answer. When this happens, the liberating and characterful learning will end at the slogan without ever knowing the spirit of it. Therefore, from the womb to the grave, learning never really stops.
However, in addition to some of the obstacles that have been encountered, some lessons can be learned from the Covid-19 pandemic without our realizing it. With a learning system that is implemented remotely, with students doing many activities at home, parents can more easily monitor their children.
In addition, both teachers and students in the distance learning system need to be creative when it comes to creativity. Quite a few educators, for example, create learning materials that are presented in the form of learning videos. Additionally, it’s not uncommon for students to be given assignments to create interesting educational videos.
The Covid-19 pandemic has effects that can weaken human activities in general. It is undeniable that many people initially thought the Covid-19 pandemic was a difficult time for humanity. Without us realizing it, there are many positives we can learn from the Covid-19 pandemic sweeping the world today.
The felt effect is very real and can be felt by anyone. However, the public cannot use the Covid-19 pandemic as a reason not to carry out activities, especially in the field of education.
We very much hope that the Covid-19 pandemic can end soon so that schools can start again. And of course, all students and educators can learn, namely face to face. Because the bond between students and teachers cannot be replaced by virtual learning technology.