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9 Technium Soc. Sci. J. 119 (2020)
Focus Group Discussions E-Learning Based on Prior Knowledge and Problems in the Covid-19 Pandemic Period

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                                                          Technium Social Sciences Journal
                                                                  Vol. 9, 119-132, July 2020
                                                                           ISSN: 2668-7798
          SOCIAL SCIENCES JOURNAL                                 www.techniumscience.com

Focus Group Discussions E-Learning based on Prior
Knowledge and Problems in the Covid-19 Pandemic Period

              Yunia Mulyani Azis1, Nurul Fatimah2
              12STIE Ekuitas, Bandung-Indonesia- Faculty of Economic
              yuniams c'yahoo.com1, nurul.fatimah c'ekuitas.ac.id2

              Abstract. The Covid-19 pandemic forced many campuses around the world to close. In
              Indonesia, the closure of the campus began in mid-March 2020. The closure of the campus for a
              long time will harm students. To prevent this, the Indonesian government encourages campuses
              to hold online lectures or E-Learning. One of the campuses implementing E-Learning is STIE
              Ekuitas Bandung. The change from traditional lectures to E-Learning is not as easy as the theory.
              There are technological limitations, especially connections that cause students to have problems
              when forced to attend college in the form of video streaming. Besides, the economic recession
              caused by the pandemic is also another obstacle. On the other hand, most lecturers do not know
              how to give lectures effectively via the web, because they cannot get feedback from students.
              One solution we propose in this paper is to revive group discussions on school E-Learning sites.
              Using the student's Prior knowledge about E-Learning as a parameter, we conclude that the
              learning design provided in e-learning has to be slower compared to face-to-face learning with
              the aim that respondents have time to read, understand and finally understand with their efforts.

              Keywords. Covid-19, Group Discussion, E-Learning, Prior Knowledge

       1. Introduction
       In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, most universities around the world have
temporarily closed their physical campuses to curb the spread of the virus. A campus is
considered a high-risk place for virus transmission because of its diversity, activity, and
population density, making social distance measures difficult to enforce. In Indonesia, the
closure of the campus began in mid-March 2020 in several affected areas (Jakarta, West Java,
and Central Java) and was expanded to the national level a week after [1]. Consequently,
UNESCO found that more than 8 (eight) million registered tertiary students in Indonesia are
affected [2]. If there are no effective strategies to protect learning opportunities amid this period,
this disorder will cause serious harm to students [3]. Therefore, to mitigate the negative impact
and to ensure continuity of curriculum-based studies, the government encourages universities
to provide remote learning processes.
       STIE Ekuitas, a business school in Bandung, is among the universities that forcibly
switches face-to-face learning to an online learning system. This school has initiated the
utilization of blended learning by disseminating the school's e-learning sites for the past six
months. Nonetheless, the implementation is still inefficient because the site is still under
development, and many trained instructors are still a novice to technology hence have not used
the site consistently. To complement this shortcoming, Ekuitas collaborates with a virtual
meeting service provider, Telkomsel CloudX. This tool allows instructors and students to carry

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