Perceptions of distance learning: A comparison view of traditional and online learning (Case study 'Vajdin Lamaj' High School, Vora, Albania)

AuthorGresilda Gjoka
PositionTeacher in 'Vajdin Lamaj' High school, Vora, Albania
Pages157-165
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Balkan Journal of Interdisciplinary Research
IIPCCL Publishing, Graz-Austria
ISSN 2410-759X
Acces online at www.iipccl.org
Vol. 6 No.2
September, 2020
Perceptions of distance learning:
A comparison view of traditional and online learning
(Case study “Vajdin Lamaj” High School, Vora, Albania)
Gresilda Gjoka
Teacher in “Vajdin Lamaj” High school, Vora, Albania
Abstract
Educational institutions are now becoming more sensitive to social and technological changes.
This confrontation remains a challenge not only for students but also for instructors. While
referring to the COVID-19 sanitary crisis, regardless of the geographical location of the
countries, it was found that the distance learning process encountered many problems all
over the world. In such unforeseen circumstances for the education system, the teaching sta
and students were found unprepared to handle the situation. Due to the lack of technological
devices, Wi-Fi network, and in-service teachers in the use of educational platforms and
students' competencies to interact in a classroom, some questions arise such as: Are we ready
for this change? Can we be as productive in online learning as in traditional learning? Is it possible
for students to work independently and for the teacher to be substitutable? Is it possible for students to
self-qualify?
All these questions were real for "Vajdin Lamaj" high shcool, which has a good tradition of
teaching but alsolove of learning students. Albania, as part of South-Eastern Europe, has
made ongoing e orts to make progress in this eld, but the economic and social conditions
that our country faces impede the progress of the learning process compared to the level of
developed countries During this pandemic, a questionnaire was conducted to identify the
problems encountered by them in order to measure the perceptions and the level of students'
satisfaction with distance learning.
Keywords: distance learning, skills, quality education, high school, quali cation, perception.
Introduction
The social and economic conditions in which societies around the world nd them-
selves remain two of the key factors driving a country's development. One of the
elds a ected by these changing conditions over time is education.Recent initiatives
in initial teacher education have seen some institutions providing quali cations by
distance. McLachlan- Smith (1998) suggests that dialogue between teacher and stu-
dent is an essential element of distance education. In the past the challenge in dis-
tance education was to nd ways to achieve dialogue within media that did not allow
for any form of direct and timely interaction. The Internet has rendered this challenge
largely irrelevant, adding a new communicative dimension to the distance teaching
and learning experience and enabling dialogue in unprecedented ways.The online
environment o ers opportunities to experience participation and interaction pa erns
that challenge traditional styles of teaching(Major. J, 2005). The goal for is to increase
retention among traditional students and facilitate college completion for the non-
traditional students who have some college but no degree. For K-12 education, new
learning models can be the di erence between a high school dropout and a student
well-prepared for college or career(SREB, 2018).

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