written by Taylor Crain
The rapid rise of distance and eLearning has reformed education. As technology evolves, the introduction of the internet allowed anybody with access to a computer to learn whatever they wanted whenever they wanted, all at the click of a button. With that, came the ability to broadcast lessons to students in the forms of video-calls, videos, and online presentations. The Internet has been merging with schools all across the globe as helpful resources for both educators and students especially during the times of a global pandemic. As the world continues to become more complex, eLearning is needed for students to continue their education.
Due to COVID-19, many teachers have been thrown onto online websites and programs to connect and give their students classwork. In a survey sent to all CCSC teachers, 47 teachers in total responded, with responses from all 4 buildings. 66% reported that eLearning is more stressful than the normal in-person class. 83% of teachers have learned more about technology as a result of the eLearning style. Most teachers have expressed challenges with students staying on top of their work, not having the resources necessary to learn, and have described it as a ‘big learning curve’.
“Getting students to use the resources available to them has been the most difficult aspect… not everyone will contact me when they need help,” responded math teacher, Litha Sonner.
Local teachers have started finding ways to reach out to students during this time. Science teacher Jonathan Francis started a YouTube channel dedicated to helping his students get around the kitchen and provide them a source of entertainment and communication. Many teachers believe that the lack of connecting with their students is stressful.
“I hate not being able to explain things to my students. I also miss the daily interactions with my kids. eLearning can make you feel lonely,” said Language Arts teacher Stephanie Pedro. The fear of students not understanding work is instilled in many teachers’ worries.
Despite the worry from teachers, it is not all bad. Of the teachers surveyed, 36.2% found that this is not as bad as they originally thought it would be, with 25.5% actually enjoying the challenge. Only 29.8% of teachers in the survey said that they are not a fan of eLearning.
For the rest of the school year, students and teachers will be figuring out the ups and down of eLearning. Most with the hope that after summer break, schools nation-wide can return to a more traditional approach and some grateful for the education available.