Author: Jyoti Raghavan
Author Affiliation: Department of Journalism, Kamala Nehru College, University of Delhi.
Abstract: The current pandemic necessitated a shift towards the online mode of the teaching-learning process. This article examines the pros and cons of the online classroom for journalism educators. The findings of this research show that while the virtual mode has benefitted imparting of journalism education, yet, it does not necessarily subscribe to the view that conventional classrooms are outmoded or that the teaching-learning process has to shift entirely to the online mode. On the contrary, an attempt needs to be made to reconcile the two – the conventional and the online mode and aim towards blended learning. The findings of this study show that one cannot privilege the online mode over the conventional face to face teaching method, but see how well the two modes can be integrated to provide a wholesome learning experience for students of Journalism. Constructive suggestions have also emerged from this research study on ways in which the online classroom and teaching methodologies can be improved for imparting journalism education.
Keywords: Technological determinism, effective communication, virtual media laboratories, blended learning.