With the devastating Coronavirus pandemic surrounding us, most university students that have been attending brick and mortar institutions have now be told that they will have to finish out their semesters online. While I think this a great learning alternative to keep them on their academic path to graduation, it also will put some new strains on their learning as the modalities for online education are much different than in a face-to-face setting. I’ve read about the rush to get faculty trained for online learning initiatives, but have not heard much on preparations for the students themselves. One of the biggest challenges that students will be facing is isolation. Most university students living on campus engage in social activities along with their academics and these events will no longer be taking place. Other challenges to consider are learning styles, communication limitations, self-directive, self-motivation, and self-disciplined traits. There is so much more to it than just placing a student online to learn. Below are just some basic tips to keep in mind as you transition your learning into the online environment.
- Combating isolation. You still can have discussions and social gatherings with your classmates however they will need to move to a synchronous media such as Skype, FaceTime, Discord, or Zoom.
- Read everything very thoroughly. In the online learning environment most of the information you will receive is textual, so you need to make sure that you read comprehensively and follow directions. If you do not understand something contact your professor for clarification.
- Plan and schedule your academic activities. Now you will be learning from home with many distractions. Be sure to plan and set aside time to complete your work that is most convenient for your new daily schedule. Chunking your work and taking breaks will help you to stay on track.
- Communicate – What did I say? – COMMUNICATE! – Use all of the communication technology modes allowed by your specific institution. Hopefully, you are allowed to call or text your professor as this is the fastest way to resolve problems. Don’t ever be afraid to speak up. Have a voice! Remember, you are your own advocate when it comes to your education!
This is a message from Dr. Dee ~ Spearheading Online Student Success. You can find more tips and information at elearningacrosstheboard.com. Feel free to contact me with questions as well as share this post.