Compilation of information gathered from student interviews—idea starter or resource for current ideas.
Tell us about your idea
Throughout the duration of this challenge, I have conducted several interviews with current high school and college students, asking each of them the following questions:
|- Describe your remote learning routine (scheduling, homework/tests, physical location)|
|- What do you miss most about in-person schooling?|
|- What was one of the things that you think worked well in your remote learning experience?|
|- What went wrong with remote learning?|
|- Are there any parts of the remote learning experience you would keep when school goes back to normal?|
|- What do you think about the pass/fail option?|
|- Any thoughts? What about school could be left behind?|
Their responses are attached to this post in a spreadsheet. Below are some common themes/analysis for the responses I received.
- Motivation: Teachers motivate, fellow students motivate, environments motivate. At home, learning on a computer screen, it is difficult to find purpose in their studies, and stay motivated.
- Distraction: Physical class environments induce focus. Home environments provide ample distraction, AND multiple students discussed the unfortunate ease of tuning out of online lectures by turning off their camera and browsing on cell phone
- Pass/Fail: When students are forced to accept/given the option of the pass/fail grading system, motivation declines. Multiple students admit that without the motivation of boosting GPA, they often lower their standards, only doing enough to pass the class.
- Social Interaction: Is almost entirely lacking with remote learning; detrimental to mental health and overall happiness
- Help from Teachers: Teachers are either not available or restricted by technology in capability of helping students learn: nothing beats one-on-one, in-person instruction.
- Increased Flexibility: Recorded lectures can be attended at student's convenience, office hours are easier to attend, scheduling almost entirely up to student
- Healthier Eating/Living Habits: Easier to maintain exercise/diet regiments in the home environment. A structured schedule helps some students lead a healthy lifestyle.
- What can we add to the remote learning experience to motivate students? What drives students to learn in a school setting that is missing at home?
- How could technology be implemented more successfully to ensure students don't disengage? Could we rethink the remote learning approach to offer more interactive lessons, moving away from lecturing and video lessons?
- How do we balance equity and academic achievement? What solutions can we come up with in order to make sure that "leveling the playing field" doesn't result in an overall lesser experience, and much lesser net learning?
- How can the social aspect of schooling be more successfully instilled in remote learning?
- When school returns to normal, is there any way we can offer students a more flexible schedule/customizable routine in order to promote mental health and healthy lifestyles?
I hope this information and analysis is helpful, and please let me know if there is anything I can add!
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.
I am a community coach for this challenge and I have been inspired by the many wonderful ideas shared on this platform. I decided it might be beneficial to some to try and gather information from current students, which might help to inform/improve ideas.