All The Resources and Tips You Need As Learning Moves Online
March 30, 2020
Resources to stay updated:
Follow the official social media channels and newsletters/emails from your University. Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, all the universities are dealing with an unprecedented situation and are therefore responding to the situation accordingly. While some universities are giving students the options to defer the exam or to retake the year, Oxford and Cambridge universities are replacing the exams with online assessments. According to their official communication, these will be ‘open-book exams, taken remotely and submitted online.’
Each UK university is responding to this crisis in their own way, so you should keep an eye out for formal communication through emails as well as through social media.
Resources for Online learning:
Classes and, in some cases, exams are being delivered online. It is crucial that you have all the resources available to be able to access these classes. Here’s a handy list, with suggestions from UNESCO:
If you need to arrange a study session as a student or an educator, you can make use of the following collaboration platforms:
A lot of these options are available for free upto a certain limit and allow for integration with other tools like synchronous video or G-Drive documents, etc.
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and self-directed learning content
As you go around sharing and communicating online, make sure that all privacy concerns are taken care of, too. You can use Defend Digital Me and Privacy international as credible and useful sources of information on this.
Some Tips from Student Circus:
- We cannot emphasise this enough: this situation is unprecedented. Adjusting to online mode will take some time and require you to make adjustments. Be kind to each other - your peers as well as educators, find a dedicated and distraction-free spot at your home, set it up prior to lectures and always communicate proactively with everyone involved. Don’t shy away from asking questions at this point - your curiosity can be life-saving.
- If the digital divide is not allowing you to access educational resources and classes back home, communicate this to your professors and departments. They have a responsibility to ensure equity in online learning and can then make use of systems that allow sharing with strong offline functionality like Kolibri, Can’t Wait to Learn, Rumie, Ustad Mobile etc.
- Stay in touch with your professors, classmates and university. Stay informed, stay connected.
- Take care of your mental health. The constant surge of news can be overwhelming, especially as the situation aggravates. Make sure you are taking breaks and checking-in with your friends, family and general support system.
- If you have any questions about the coronavirus in an educational setting, you can contact the Department of Education, UK helpline, which offers guidance for anyone with education related questions - from early years up to universities, plus parents.
Stay inside and stay safe!