New World of Home Schooling
COVID-19 has resulted in schools shut across the world. Globally, over 1.2 billion children are out of the classroom. As a result, education has changed dramatically, with the distinctive rise of e-learning and home schooling, whereby teaching is undertaken remotely and on digital platforms. Research suggests that online learning has been shown to increase retention of information, and take less time, meaning the changes coronavirus have caused might be here to stay. With this sudden shift away from the classroom in many parts of the globe, some are wondering whether the e-Learning platform will reach the standards of an in-class lecture due to the virtual environment and physical absence.
We have seen an immense rise in e-Learning platforms with different features and attributes which facilitates in converting a home atmosphere into a classroom. Schools and parents have done their best to equip themselves and the students with the best e-learning platforms and accessories. And it is worth to mention the efforts of teachers to accustom themselves with an unprecedented and completely different method of teaching. But the question that props up, even with the significant technological advancement to turn your home into a classroom, is the focus and attention level the same?
Being in a virtual setting has its own disadvantages. Due to the lack of physical presence and being in a home setting, it is very easy to lose focus on the lecture that is going on online. With home-schooling being prevalent amongst most of the households, it is tough to get the young ones to focus completely. Moreover, constant notifications on your phone from social media, games and other apps causes unending interruptions during e-learning.
Top distractions for students include social media, texting, television, and family, which can pull one’s attention away from the task at hand and diminish productivity. Research suggests scanning social media while listening to a lecture, watching a favourite television series while studying, playing online games etc. are few of the many distractions which may cause lack of attention and focus to the online classroom. It is important for all students to maintain a healthy school-life balance, so their responsibilities are not neglected, but online students need a structure to ensure they stay on track to achieve their academic goals.
Today’s young people frequently juggle multiple streams of information and entertainment media while doing schoolwork, a trend that researchers call distracted learning. And while numerous researchers found that simultaneous use of electronic devices has a significant detrimental impact on learning, many students shrug off warnings about the negative consequences because they consider themselves such good multitaskers.