Breaking 4 Core Myths About Online Learning
Covid-19 shut down schools across the country and as a result, in person instruction has been replaced with online live instruction and virtual learning. Online live instructions consists of educators conducting lessons in real time while students actively engage in coursework, while virtual learning is usually pre-recorded lectures and assignments given to students to work at their own pace. Virtual instruction is not a new thing, however for many, because of Covid-19 it has been something that many are not familiar with. The discussions surrounding online instruction have been plagued with myths and ideas that are simply not true. Here we will debunk and try to correct misconceptions about online instruction.
Online Instruction is Easier
It might seem like all you have to do is sit in your pajamas and get work done, but online instruction requires a lot more than that. Students need patience, work ethic, and discipline to be successful online learners. Skills in planning, time management, and organization are also needed if one expects to excel in online classes. So while you may be able to do work in your pajamas, if you are missing other core components, online instruction will be no easier than in person classes.
Online Instruction is Like Homeschooling
Sure, both are usually done at home but the role of caregivers varies drastically between homeschooling and online instruction. Homeschooling involves more intense work on the role of the parent. Parents typically have to research, develop or buy curriculum and lesson plans, conduct the teaching, help the student, grade the work, and deliver progress reports. Online instruction is done by the child’s teacher, and the parent only needs to assist with understanding, homework and ensuring attendance.
Online Instruction is All About the Computer
While a huge part of online instruction involves being in front of the computer, successful instruction requires more tools. Students need textbooks, notebooks, pens, pencils, calculators, and sometimes various materials depending on the age of the child. For example, younger students may be asked to draw and color a picture, whereas older students may conduct experiments using baking soda or vinegar. Although the lesson may be posted online, and the teacher may be giving instructions via livestream, sometimes the work happens outside of Microsoft Word and other programs.
There is Little Communication and Social Interaction
Online instruction can never replace face-to-face interactions, however, it is possible to get quality social interactions through online learning. Unlike texting, students can see the faces and hear the voices of teachers and peers. This allows for understanding on nonverbal communication components such as facial expressions and intonations. To encourage greater socialization, instructors can prepare time for sharing and group discussions about materials, topics, and work.
Learn@Home’s Study Buddy Learning Program is a combination of all these factors, which allows for great online instruction, support from teachers, social interactions with peers, independent work, and involvement from caregivers.