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Problems posed by Online classes and how to avoid them

With the ongoing pandemic, regular school classes have shifted to the online mode and this has led to quite a few problems faced by both students and teachers. Here we discuss some of the problems faced by students and look at ways to help cope:

Distraction during class hours, no rest after

While studying at home, the biggest issue faced by students is the presence of several distractions. Ongoing household chores, collusion of class hours with breakfast or lunch schedules at home, lack of attention spans or motivation to attend classes or personal interruptions during class hours pose some solid issues to focusing on classes.  Moreover, due to prolonged class hours children do not get the much needed time for recess and games that are essential for their psychological well being. To help children cope with this, both parents and teachers need to come forward in the following ways:

  • Parent need to try maintaining an environment conducive for their children’s online classes such that there is no collusion with the continuance of household chores. Children need to be allowed a certain amount of privacy during their study hours. However, parents also need to ensure that unnecessary digital distraction during class hours is cut down upon by regulating the easy accessibility to devices.
  • Schools and teachers can help parents understand these ideas by conducting basic orientation classes to ensure cooperation. Teachers should fix smart schedules to accommodate as much of the curriculum possible within easy and short class hours so that children can indulge in needs of their own beyond studies and class. Smart ways of designing the syllabus so that academics can be made more interesting and less theoretical and children can learn beyond class is important.

All problems digital; technical glitches, unhealthy screen exposure, neglect towards nurturing social skills

Transferring to the virtual realm brings with it problems that take students off guards. Firstly a very important issue remains the inaccessibility of easy technology for all students. While classes have shifted to the virtual mode, not all students can experience uninterrupted classes owing to fluctuating internet, poor connection, e.t.c. Moreover prolonged screen exposure has health ramifications. With a shift to the virtual realm, children are left feeling isolated and the much needed development of their social skills is neglected.

  • A very useful way out of the latter problem is to involve students in group projects that require more interaction with their peers. Projects can be more creative testing the way they think, how empathetic and emotionally intelligent they are growing up to be or how well they express and articulate themselves. This is a way of building good social skills in the absence of physical contact.
  • Schools need to take the issue of unequal accessibility to internet services very seriously and suggest applications that are easy to use and are prone to causing fewer number of technical glitches. There should be provisions for students to clear doubts over platforms like Whatsapp in case a student misses out on some important class lecture owing to technical problems. The needs of individual students need to be dealt with, with more care keeping in mind that the new medium of instruction isn’t something ever student might adjust well to.
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