It is sure an excellent job maintaining as much continuity as possible for students.
What matters now is to ensure that effective learning is still taking place for their students.
Learning experts will be the primary to tell you that viable online course delivery goes distant beyond administering lectures and assignments through an internet interface.
The adversary of online learning could be a need of engagement from and between learners.
Educators not to consider and understand learners and need to provide and optimize learning throughout the period.
It is also seen and known that certain group of students do have difficulty adjusting to the learning.
The ones who were already doing well will do better and the ones who were doing poorly will do worse.
Educators need to pay close attention to helping students who are having difficulty making the adjustment.
There are need to identify students who may be struggling and develop an appropriate plan of action.
Though a number of students may find themselves struggling to keep up with their on-line learning , some would take the opportunity to do less work than when they have in-person classes.
We need to know why the students try to be dishonest on this.
We must not ignore and remind students that academic dishonesty is not good and it only harms the perpetrator.
It is not only students that is not prepared for this adjustment, the campus leadership is feeling this too.
Everyone now, the students, the staff , the family are socially disconnected and the need to find ways for students to be engaged is something impactful.
Interacting with students can help to reduce psychological effect especially when students are bound to feel particularly alone.
It’s definitely worth making an effort to connect students as best you can.
You may need to portray yourself as someone available at all times serving your students’ needs.
Students know their needs and wants.
Try to gather as much student feedback about the changes you are making to ensure that you are achieving your intended objectives.
You’ll be happy to know how pleased your students are with the way that your institution is handling the situation at hand.
Being helpful , willing to hear will make students be much more likely to persist.
Do not let the students to deal with this entirely on their own.
Try to ensure that no student gets left behind.
In order to make this a truly successful transition, help out in continually improve online course delivery, minimize the effects of inequity, understand and eliminate reasons why students may decide to cheat, encourage and enable students to engage with one another, incorporate student feedback into decision making, and expand academic support to satisfy the growing demand.
Azizi Ahmad Malaysia Dateline Kolumnis 17 April 2020