It is evident that online learning has a major impact on social contact and interaction between teachers and students. Those who are used to the presence of their instructors may find this form of education, whether it is referred to as remote learning, online learning, or distance learning, particularly difficult during the COVID-19 pandemic. While some students are thriving with this type of learning, many are not participating in it. Some may not be present at all, while others may be present but not submitting work or doing the bare minimum.
So what is preventing your students from engaging? I feel pressured to try to finish and turn in all my tasks quickly. Most of my tasks are due at the same time, and many of them are time-consuming. If facilitators are not properly trained in online delivery and methodologies, the success of the online program will be compromised. The teacher must be able to communicate well in writing and in the language in which the course is offered.
An online program will be weakened if its facilitators are not properly prepared to function in the Virtual Classroom.
Online learningis more difficult for many reasons; from losing crucial parts of your learning to not being able to access your education due to the Internet, online learning has been a difficult adjustment. While online programs have significant strengths and offer unprecedented accessibility to quality education, there are inherent weaknesses in the use of this medium that can pose potential threats to the success of any online program. Because of my current experience with online learning, I would not choose more of it in the future since a classroom is a learning environment in school.
If online participants' time is limited by the amount of Internet access they can afford, instruction and participation in the online program will not be equitable for all students in the course. The highest quality education can and will occur in an online program, provided that the curriculum has been developed or converted to meet the needs of the online environment. Sometimes, management cannot look beyond the bottom line and view online programs only as ways to increase income, and therefore makes no commitment to seeing online programs as a means of providing quality education to people who might not otherwise be able to access it. Before any online program can expect to be successful, it must have students who can access the online learning environment.
It is important for educators to understand why some students struggle with this form of education so that they can provide support and guidance accordingly.