During this pandemic, the biggest and most difficult change was when schooling transitioned to an online environment. Online learning and video conferencing platforms such as Zoom and Blue Jeans came into the spotlight when teachers needed a way to virtually connect with their students. Modern technology has fortunately made it possible for us to effectively teach substantial curriculum online. In the past, online learning wasn’t seen as a favorable option. However, now that we understand how difficult it is managing work life balance, online learning is a life saver.
There has been an abundance of research on the effectiveness of distance learning. Researchers have found that with this type of learning, there are many advantages and disadvantages compared to in-person schooling. Some include:
There are many steps that students and parents can take to improve the effectiveness of distance learning. One example is creating a work space that is separate from relaxing spaces. Parents can designate a table or area in the house that is dedicated to school. This helps students balance their school and home life by limiting distractions. Another thing parents can do is making sure that their child is regularly checking in with their teacher and peers. It’s important for students to have a strong support system so that engagement can stay high. For students themselves, they should always remember that with online learning, they have a responsibility to keep themselves up to date. They can’t always rely on someone to guide them through their schedules. This helps them develop skills on responsibility and autonomy which are necessary for their future. It’s important to keep in mind the importance of distance learning and how different it is from the traditional method of schooling.
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