Hope you all are doing well in this tough time 😄
While time is an expendable resource for most of us, I just wanted to share some of my experiences as a college student during Covid-19 and hopefully get a good discussion going.
3/16/2020 - I received an email from my school calling for an extension to the spring break. I was not shocked, but was kind of expecting this to happen given the precedent that we were in. So I waited until 3/18/2020.
3/18/2020 - I received another email from my school. All in person lectures are cancelled and remote delivery will be the primary means of getting material until 4/7/2020 (not the end of the semester => there is still a chance that we get to come back 😄). I was already taking a few online classes, and was ready to take a few more. However, a lot of my peers were not ready for this transition. Some just learn better if they can attach the voice to a physical presence and when they are constrained by a controlled learning environment.
3/20/2020 - Extension of remote classes to the summer semester:sad:. This is it. It is really happening. We are the next generation to experience an educational shift that carries a high degree of uncertainty.
- increase in video lectures
- greater utilization of collaborative networks: Discord, Slack, BlackBoard Collab, Microsoft Teams, etc...
- increase # of emails from school and teachers
- test were delivered online using special browsers that block access to other applications (respondus lockdown). Professors will attempt to maintain the integrity of the testing environment by enforcing certain restrictions: no phones, your desk must be clean, no electronics, you need a webcam, the webcam has to be pointing at your face the whole time, no standing up, the list goes on... This is sometime hard to do when you are in your own living space and are not mentally situated for a testing situation (you are taking a real freaken test, but it feels like you are taking an online quiz in your spare time).
- Project presentation. This one has been the most difficult thing to do; It is sometimes hard to find a compatible time.
As a student, what are some of the issues you deal with? How have you coped with these issues? What can be done to mitigate the effects of Covid-19 on student's learning?