What is our students' remote learning environment?
Laura Mitchell offers her insights.
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Let’s presume good faith and the best of intentions on the part of our students. And then let’s factor in the realities of anxiety, isolation, strained or distant social networks, keeping a job, looking for a new job, difficult access to tutoring or support, limited study space, and unlimited distractions.
Keep your videos short and to the point (10-12 minutes, ideally). The same material delivered in several shorter segments is better than a long disquisition. Use Kahoot, Poll Everywhere, Play-Posit, Canvas quizzes, or Live Zoom to re-grab their attention and demand interaction.
Finally, practice compassion. It’s going to be very hard for many of our students to stay plugged in while the demands and distractions of life at home take them out of their campus headspace.
Director of Pedagogical Development in the School of Humanities