Elearning challenges teachers and students

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Elearning challenges teachers and students

Out of 30 teachers, about 16 teachers assigned new material for their classes.

Out of 30 teachers, about 16 teachers assigned new material for their classes.

Photo by Ashley Gomez

Out of 30 teachers, about 16 teachers assigned new material for their classes.

Photo by Ashley Gomez

Photo by Ashley Gomez

Out of 30 teachers, about 16 teachers assigned new material for their classes.

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The recent week of e-learning had major ramifications on students.

Out of 30 teachers that responded to a survey, most of them had one or more students email them. Many students gave excuses as to why they had not completed their assignment, the most common reason being connectivity issues. Other common excuses were “I didn’t do it,” “I didn’t understand the assignment,” “my roof caved in from snow,” and “we didn’t want to drive in the cold for WiFi.”

Not only did some students have connectivity issues, some teachers did as well.

“Yes, I briefly lost internet service, but was able to use my phone,” said Least Restrictive Environment Facilitator Christina Vargo.

Some teachers had good ideas for improving future e-learning days. Math teacher John Bogner suggested that assignments should be alternated from different departments so students do not feel overwhelmed.

Math teacher Sherri Terrell thought it would be a good idea to have a live video chat, or just text chats to ask and answer questions. The most common thing teachers want, however, is a clear understanding of when everything is due and for it to be a bit more organized.

All this week students have been complaining about the excessive workload put on them by the e-learning days.

Junior Erin Perry said, “Usually, I can get all of my work done way quicker than I did during the e-learning week, but all the teachers were trying to fill the extra time. In some classes, you just watch a movie or you just do group activities, but if you have to come up with paperwork for every single class, then it really adds up.”

Junior Kayleigh Ferguson said, “I was literally working from 8 A.M to 6 or 7 P.M which is ridiculous. The average school day is basically 8 to 3. I was working from 8 to 7. I guess teachers didn’t really comprehend how big of a workload they gave us.”

Junior Michael Stastny, took a different approach to the E-learning week. He said, “I waited until the last minute, which was a really dumb mistake, because I had to stay up all night Sunday night.”

Another major problem was the issue of students not being able to log in for attendance. Nine percent of students were never accounted for on any of the e-learning days’ attendance, this due to either to connectivity problems or students simply not signing in.

This low percentage was also due to the accessibility of the Google Form used to sign in. All students interviewed,however, said that the attendance sign in method via Google Form made it very easy and helpful for the e-learning experience.

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