The recent Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant impact in transforming our lives in several different ways. Throughout this time, the lives of approximately 1.2 billion students worldwide changed drastically. As a result of the notable increase in online platforms by businesses and organisations, most educational institutions globally also provided students with a digital learning experience.
How has the rise impacted students?
For most students, digital learning has been a new experience. Many students have enjoyed the experience as it boosts their skills and knowledge of using enhanced technology. However, some felt that it affected their mental health and well-being, majorly alongside the learning gaps due to lack of understanding, constant independent learning, resources, accessibility to lessons and much more.
Additionally, some of the main concerns raised by health care professionals and parents included the damaging effect which the increased screen time may have on students’ cognitive development and eyesight. Screens are known to project blue lights, which decrease the release of melatonin in the body, therefore, affecting sleep.
Furthermore, digital learning has meant that most students have become less accustomed to physical movement, affecting their well-being and mindset.
How has the rise impacted teachers?
During the surge of this pandemic, teachers have also been affected in many different ways. And it has also been a new transition and experience for numerous teachers worldwide.
Alongside the stress of preparing digital lessons, resources and ensuring that students understand what they are being taught, many teachers have said that they struggled to cover the whole syllabus and curriculum for the academic year.
Furthermore, some have also expressed their concern that they cannot focus on specific students who may need additional support due to a shortage of time.
Has it been effective?
According to some research, as a result of Online learning being more flexible, most students have retained more information than the traditional learning method. However, every student and teacher is different, and every experience is different. For some, it may have been more effective than others.
Although things may be starting to become ‘normal’, online learning might just become the ‘new normal’ in several different institutions.