Malaysian attends online classes


  • Nation
  • Friday, 21 Feb 2020

Live-streaming method: Choong taking online classes at his home in Shah Alam, Selangor.

BEIJING: Fancy having your mother as your classmate, at least for the next two weeks.

Choong Chi Jiong who is a student from Tsinghua University here, has been taking online classes from his Malaysian home since Monday as the campus was shut down following the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak.

“My mother would join me occasionally and see what I am studying.

“She would also comment on my lecturers,” he said, adding that his 49-year-old mother was impressed with today’s modern technology.

Choong, who is a Year Two student majoring in Life Science, said the classes were conducted via live-streaming or pre-recorded methods.

He said self-discipline was very important in online studies.

“This is a very special experience. I feel more comfortable in my own room, not having to face my lecturers,” said the 21-year-old from Shah Alam.

Tan Juei Ngie from Kuala Terengganu said such tutoring method helped in his learning process as he could always replay the sessions.

“The lecturers also tend to speak slower, so it is easier to digest,”

said the Year Two student in Telecommunication Engineering from Xidian University in Xian.

He was also happy that he could now skip the 15-minute walk from his hostel to the lecture hall.

Not only this, Tan said he could also enjoy his breakfast everyday.

“I usually skipped breakfast when I was in Xian so that I can sleep a little longer,” he added.

Tan, however, said unstable Internet connection and not having his textbooks were part of the disadvantages.

“Although our lecturers will show us the power point presentation or study materials, I prefer the books,” he said.

He added that some of his classmates, who did not switch off the speakers, had disrupted the tutoring sessions.

“There are about 70 students in my class. Sometimes, I could hear children crying or people talking in the background,” he said.

Most universities in China have started their online classes on Monday as the campuses remain closed until further notice.

Currently, there are some 10,000 Malaysian students studying in universities throughout China.

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