Coronavirus Impacts on Students and Online Learning
Coronavirus Impacts on Students and Online Learning Since COVID-19, as a global pandemic, transpired so unexpectedly, students were not prepared for how it affected their learning. While online learning was something most students were familiar with, they didn’t see a time when it was the only way they could continue their education. Hopes of resuming on-campus classes were crushed as the virus spread fast.
Over time, students had to accept online learning as the new normal. Then, as COVID-19 restrictions got lifted, students resumed school for a time, and educators adopted both on-campus and online learning as a hybrid learning model.
Because most students are under 29 years, they’re among the least vulnerable to the coronavirus. Even if they contracted the virus, their chances of recovering from it are quite high. This fact allows students to rest easy as more of them resume on-campus learning. Besides, wearing their masks, washing their hands and following other laid down protocols ensures they don’t facilitate the spread of the virus.
Students need to be more responsible in their actions to ensure high-risk campus members don’t contract COVID-19. And while more institutions of higher learning are allowing students to report, the students have to be ready for campus closure at any time in case the institution reports a spike in infections.
So, in essence, online learning is here to stay; it is what students will fall back on when on-campus learning isn’t viable. Continue learning to learn how coronavirus has impacted online learning and how students are taking it.
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Anxious About Internet Access
For many students, campus closures were like an eviction notice because their dorms had become their homes. The closures especially hit hard for foreign students who needed time to figure out where to go and how to get there.
The forced migration from college dorms left many stranded and distraught because they had gotten used to the comfort of shelter and access to basic amenities learning institutions provide.
Another struggle college students had was figuring out how to access the internet for their classes. While on-campus, access to free Wi-Fi allowed them to easily conduct research for their assignments and look for relevant academic resources to streamline their learning. Being away from school meant that they could no longer take advantage of the institution’s strong and reliable internet connection.
There is a huge gap between students with access to technology and the internet and those who don’t. This deep digital divide left educators at a crossroads because they didn’t know what to do to ensure each student could attend classes.
Lack of Computers
Additionally, even though a large percentage of the world’s population uses the internet, the share of people with computers is not as high. While smartphones give you access to the internet, they aren’t machine enough for online quizzes, essay-writing, video conferences and all other activities students now need to participate in as part of their learning.
If a student happens to be doing a course that heavily depends on computer use, off-campus learning disadvantages them if they don’t own a laptop. While on campus, they could easily use the school’s amenities to complete assignments and projects, but while at home, there’s not much they can do to attend online classes.
Loss of Income
Another struggle worth mentioning is the loss of an income stream for the many students who worked at the school cafeteria or the campus library. Moving away from school meant they had to figure out other ways to make a living. And since COVID protocols restricted the number of workers businesses could have, finding work outside school was challenging.
Many students likely faced homelessness at a time where everyone’s health was at risk. The prospect of being out in the cold while everyone else stayed home must have been scary because access to charity would be scarce.
The coronavirus pandemic pulled the rug from under many students’ feet. Overnight, they had to figure out how to keep up with learning and where they’ll stay when they had gotten used to the comforts of on-campus amenities. We can only hope that every student figured how to stay alive and be present in their lives.