The Use of Microsoft Office 365 In Mathematics Learning During The COVID-19 Pandemic
Keywords:Pandemic COVID-19, Microsoft Office 365, online learning
The Covid-19 virus is currently sweeping the world, including Indonesia. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed various aspects of human life today, especially in the world of education. This requires all elements of education to be able to adapt in the process of learning activities. One of the effective solutions in implementing learning during this pademic period is online learning. Online learning is carried out to activate classes even though schools have been closed considering the time and place they are at risk during this pandemic. The teaching and learning process which is usually done face-to-face in the classroom must now be done through distance learning. This is done to support the government's efforts to reduce the rate of spread of the COVID-19 virus. The government has established policies for studying from home, working from home, and praying at home, for this reason this policy must really be implemented by the entire community. The learning process from home can be done through online or distance learning with the use of information and communication technology, one of which is the use of Microsoft Office 365. This study aims to determine how the use of Microsoft Office 365 in learning mathematics during the COVID19 pandemic, so the results of this study It can be used by teachers as a reference in the use of media for online mathematics learning and teachers become more concerned about the various obstacles experienced by students. The method used in this research is literature study, which examines relevant previous studies and concludes based on the results obtained. The results of this study indicate that there are several obstacles experienced by teachers and students in the use of Microsoft Office 365, namely bad signals, servers down and difficult to access,
additional internet quota costs, unlimited teaching hours, lack of communication and socialization between teachers and students, mastery in Microsoft Office 365 usage which is still low. In addition, the use of Microsoft Office 365 learning activities can be varied by using the features provided, such as conducting video conferencing, holding online quizzes, giving assignments, there is also a whiteboard application that can be used when learning with video conferencing via Microsoft Teams, especially in learning mathematics, so that the learning carried out is not much different from face-to-face learning in the classroom, it's just that it is implemented in a different room and virtual. There are still a lot of features in Microsoft Office 365 that can be used in the learning process, so that learning activities are not boring. Then it can reduce costs (fees) for out-of-town teachers and teaching time to be flexibility, making it easier to update teaching materials and check assignments. So it can be concluded that the Covid 19 pandemic has had various impacts on the use of Microsoft Office 365 in learning mathematics.