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This report presents the results of a study conducted by VU on the challenges and opportunities of online learning in Lithuania during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study consisted of three parts: desk research, mobile ethnography of VU teachers and students, and focus group interviews with VU staff.

The main challenge identified by the study was the reluctance of teachers and students to turn on their cameras during online classes. Other challenges included a lack of online learning-related competencies among both teachers and students, the need for alternative teaching methods, and emotional tension among students and teachers.

These challenges were related to the uncertainties caused by the pandemic and the lack of digital or technical competencies in the transition from face-to-face to online learning. However, the study also found that distance education provided opportunities for teachers to develop new teaching methods, which are now being used in regular remote, hybrid, and face-to-face studies.

The study also found that online learning is burdened with lower student activity and increased workload for teachers. Hybrid teaching, which combines face-to-face and online learning, has similar challenges but is even more challenging.

Overall, the study highlights the challenges and opportunities of online learning in Lithuania and the need for teachers and students to develop digital competencies and adapt to new teaching methods. The report provides useful insights for policymakers and educators seeking to improve online learning in Lithuania.