The Present and Future of Online Distance Learning: Trends and Challenges of Virtual Teachers


In response to sustain quality education during pandemic and the need to address the needs of online distance learning, this research aims to investigate what are the trends and challenges virtual teachers experience after a year since remote learning has been implemented. This quantitative research was conducted through an adapted survey questionnaire most applicable to the study. The participants were Nursery to Grade 12 teachers of Baguio Patriotic High School. The respondents were selected using purposive sampling method. The teachers were asked about their experiences with online teaching, main challenges of switching to online/distance learning, support that they need and their opinion regarding schools fully reopening after COVID-19 pandemic. The study revealed that flexibility, innovation and a wide range of tools are what teachers pleasantly experienced about online/distance learning. However, keeping all pupils motivated and engaged was the main challenge for virtual teachers. With this, teachers need support and easy contact with experts, professional development and more free resources and tools from education technology companies. Teachers perceived that when schools fully reopen, online teaching will become integral to school practices. For support from the school, the teachers requested continuous technical training and education, provide complete and adequate facilities including internet connection and lessen recorded video lessons. Awareness on the trends and challenges of online distance learning can be an eye opener to school administrators who are on the early stage of its implementation and can give appropriate support and help.

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Yongzhi Huang, University of the Cordilleras, Philippines
Maria Lenore Barcenas, University of the Cordilleras, Philippines

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Conference: ACE2021
Stream: Teaching Experiences

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Huang Y., & Barcenas M. (2022) The Present and Future of Online Distance Learning: Trends and Challenges of Virtual Teachers ISSN: 2186-5892 The Asian Conference on Education 2021: Official Conference Proceedings
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