Unit 4 – Activity 1 | Discussing Impacts of Digital Learning
Topic J – Post-pandemic Education
Sam Kirk Sam.firstname.lastname@example.org
Nitin Puri email@example.com
How Digital Learning is Affecting Post Pandemic Education
- Students are not realizing their full potential online because teachers and students are not experienced in online learning.
- Video conferencing is the first and only solution to lesson delivery for many organizations.
- Lectures are the primary modality of instruction.
- Student/ teacher self-awareness when viewing themselves online makes them. more self-conscious. (students often do not have their cameras on /not engaged)
- Zoom fatigue leads to worse learner outcomes.
- 55% of Canadians in rural areas do not have access to the internet.
- Teachers are leaving their jobs to find work in other fields or retiring early due to lack of support from their organizations.
- Privacy is an issue with platforms such as Teams, Zoom and Blue Jeans.
- Privacy is an issue with regard to many members of a family working in the same spaces.
- Increased workloads for teachers such as new administrative duties.
- Teachers are expected to reach out and counsel students about their performance outside of school hours.
- No clear boundaries or work limits provided by organizations for teachers in their new DLEs.
- For young children, especially in K-12, students can be easily distracted, have a steep learning curve, and it’s an additional burden/strain for parents.
- With multiple video conferencing platforms, there is an ongoing technological learning curve.
- Lack of standardization framework in regards to online delivery mechanisms and technology.
- Increased potential of academic misconduct for assignments, projects, and examinations.
- Self-proctored examinations are only possible with adequate resources, including hardware, software, and internet connection.
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