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Combating disadvantages to online learning

As we know, online learning is a hugely popular method of teaching and learning, and has been picked up in schools the world over. Convenient, accessible, and Covid-safe, the benefits of online learning speaks for itself and it is no wonder that so many schools opt for this way of learning.

However, online learning does not come without its disadvantages, and part of providing a good education means being able to navigate the difficult challenges that can arise from this. Here at Senso, we have identified some of the disadvantages that can be synonymous with online learning, and put together some tips that may help combat them.

Online learning means that the more social elements of learning, such as group work and going into a physical learning space, are eliminated. Students can now learn from home, and this may cause feelings of distance and isolation, as social time is heavily reduced. Without social interaction, students run the risk of developing poorer mental health as a result of feeling isolated. To help avoid this becoming a bigger issue, Senso suggests making room for more group discussion. Opening the way for students to catch up with one another means more opportunity for students to keep in touch and build community amongst their classmates, as well as hopefully adding a positive benefit to student mental health.

Teachers may also wish to organize one-on-ones with their students, to keep track of both progress and student mental health. By scheduling time to catch up with students without the rest of the class present, this can encourage open and honest exchanges between teachers and students, and present a safe space for open discussions on mental health. By allocating specific time slots and making the most of Senso’s partnership with Microsoft Teams, you have an easy and convenient way of holding personalized catch-up sessions with your students.

Another solution, if feasible, is to introduce a blended learning model. This means that your learning method is split between virtual and in-person learning. If a module is conducted entirely online, this may cause feelings of isolation and loneliness. However, in a post-pandemic society, it may be more feasible to shift your learning into a blended learning model, and split the time between classroom and online learning. Students will benefit from the chance to socialize and integrate back into their classrooms, and hybrid learning may combat the loneliness they risk feeling when all learning is carried out from home.

We know that isolation is a serious issue, and we want to help you look after and prioritize the mental health of students to the best of your ability. If you’d like to find out more about how Senso Cloud can help you turn your students’ online learning experience into an overall positive one, don’t hesitate to contact us today for a free consultation of what we think will work best for your school.