Tips for E-Learning
Assessing Student Readiness for Online Learning
To determine if your child is ready to successfully learn online, it is important to assess how they feel regarding online learning as well as their physical readiness, such as having the necessary materials. This is a new dynamic for most of these students.
Now, instead of having a teacher walking around the classroom ensuring they are on task, they have to be the one to motivate themselves to pay attention and participate. That is the mental work that goes into it. Physically, students need to have a reliable place to work on their schoolwork and participate in class properly. They must also have the necessary technology, internet access, and materials to do so.
Introduction to Online Learning
There are both pros and cons of online learning. Some of those depend on the types of software used while other pros and cons are directly related to inherent issues with non-traditional learning. Some schools use an independent, third-party program to manage course curriculum, assignments, and grading. This allows students the flexibility to work at their own pace.
While this is not the usual interface for schools during this new “normal” way of schooling, it is a way that traditionally online schools and courses utilize. Most schools that are historically in-person schools and only moved online due to COVID-19 use, as one of their online tools, an interface in which the teachers are able to communicate directly with the students. This is often done in real time via video chat over the computer. Additionally, the teachers are responsible for course curriculum management as well as assignment creation, distribution, and grading.
Parent Guide to Online Learning
While Bakpax does not have platform access specifically for parents, where parents can log on separately from their child’s account and view progress, parents can either sign up under a teacher account as a workaround or use their child’s account to review work assigned to students.
Once children have created an account using their teacher’s unique code, parents can log on to their children’s accounts to view assigned work, due dates, submissions, grades, and feedback from the teacher. We understand that many parents have to work and are not able to closely monitor their children’s schoolwork during the day. This is why Bakpax makes it much easier to at least be able to keep up with their progress and see how they are doing in class.
Profile of a Successful Learner
Learning online definitely offers its advantages, such as having the freedom to work without being micro-managed by an educator and the convenience of having some type of flexibility not typically possible in a brick-and-mortar classroom. Successful online learners must be able to manage their time effectively. There is no block schedule keeping classes and responsibilities in order, so unfortunately this falls on the learner and guardian(s). The open interface of Bakpax allows students to freely explore their assignments and complete them as needed with regard to the given due dates.
Another important quality of an online learner is effective and appropriate communication skills. With no in-person interaction between student and teacher, the student must be willing and able to communicate in the other given ways when necessary. Basic technical skills are also needed to be able to navigate the software and interface properly.
Checklist for Supporting Your Virtual Learner
In these unprecedented times, many young students have to face something most wouldn’t normally encounter until college: online learning. Some students do better with in-person, hands-on learning, and this new type of schooling could prove quite challenging for them. There are a few things parents, guardians, and even teachers can do to support their students who are learning virtually.
First, it is important to always have patience with your virtual learner. Both of you are doing something you’ve likely never done before, so there needs to be room for growth.
Secondly, keep the lines of communication open. Everyone involved should feel comfortable and be encouraged to ask questions and request clarity. All-around understanding is important to ensure everyone’s needs are met.
Finally, give them their space. Ensure students have an adequate area to participate in their schooling, and give them the independence to do it on their own. Trust that they will reach out if they need your help and do what you can to provide it.