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Tips for studying online in times of COVID-19

marzo 31, 2021
estudiaronline consejos2 Tips for studying online in times of COVID-19

Education experts point out that to take advantage of online education you have to be convinced that it works and be aware that it requires extra effort

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9 recommendations to take advantage of online training
1. Trust online education
2. Have the necessary computing and connectivity resources
3. Have digital skills for study or willingness to acquire them
4. Be aware that studying online requires an added effort
5. Choose the best place to study
6. Get organized: plan, set daily goals and follow up on them
7. Also plan breaks
8. Interact with teachers and classmates
9. Don’t forget to manage your emotions and share them

The COVID-19 pandemic has more than 90% of the world’s students from 188 countries are homebound and without face-to-face classes, according to the latest UNESCO data as of April 7, 2020.

In this context, universities and educational and training centers offer their training through digital means, or are trying to do so, Therefore, students with or without previous experience in online training will be immersed in non-face-to-face classes.

Studying online contributes Benefits for the student, such as flexible hours and the possibility of improving their digital and personal skills, among others. But it also comes with challenges, such as self-discipline, self-organization and time planning, as well as exercising autonomy and self-learning.

Also, keep in mind that online education, especially in the face of coronavirus confinement, can generate inequality of opportunities if they are not guaranteed technical resources so that both students and teachers can carry it out.

Experts in online education share with Educaweb some tips to help students get the most out of studying online. These recommendations address technical and mainly pedagogical and skills aspects.

9 recommendations to take advantage of online training

Here are tips from education experts to get the most out of online training …

1. Trust online education

The most important thing to take advantage of online training is to believe in it, he says Albert Sangrà, Professor of the Studies of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the UOC and speaker of the cycle of online seminars Non-face-to-face emergency teaching, offered by the UOC from April 8.

You should not start studying online with an attitude in which you think that this will not work or that it is second-rate. It is not necessary to be carried away by some topical phrases that already circulate, but that do not correspond to the reality, “says the professor.

And is that This modality of studies is as valuable and of quality as the face-to-faceexperts say. “The approach of teachers in online education is serious, based on studies, and whose objective is that students get the most out of it,” adds Sangrà, in statements to Educaweb.

2. Have the necessary computing and connectivity resources

Have a device that has the necessary characteristics to develop online training activities It is key to be able to study through this modality. Lucia Nunez, Educaweb pedagogue, proposes to use a computer, “since it is usually more powerful and versatile than a tablet or a mobile. “It is also essential to have good Internet connection “and have a data network that facilitates interaction with teachers and students “, recommends Sangrá.

Now, if the computer equipment is missing to be able to study online, the smartphones are an alternative. Although it would have to be “their own mobile, or not the one their parents use to telecommute,” he says. Pere Marqués, director of the DIM-EDU network – Didactics, Innovation, Multimedia.

It is also essential that “the administrations and / or the educational and training centers themselves make up for these deficiencies in some cases “, he thinks for his part Miquel Àngel Prats, professor of Educational Technology at Blanquerna- Ramon Llull University.

Experts also warn that technical problems, such as the lack of a computer with the necessary programs to study online or a poor Internet connection, pose a problem when training online. “There can be countless cases that hinder the course of learning, such as the incompatibility of operating systems, network failures or program blockages. All this can generate demotivation in students,” adds Núñez.

It is because of the above that online platforms that are easily accessible from different devices are required and that students have a direct contact with the teacher of reference or with the technical support team to solve possible technical obstacles.

3. Have digital skills for study or willingness to acquire them

Have digital skills or being willing to acquire them facilitates the use of online training platforms used by training centers, according to experts.

And it is that “a good knowledge of the virtual platform of the center or university that imparts online education “, he points out for his part Manuel Martínez, president of IMF Business School, who also recommends familiarizing yourself with it before starting, to make it easier to use.

However, the director of the DIM network, Pere Marqués, point out that the student body in general lacks “experience in the use of digital devices to carry out training tasks“And also to organize the time because in the face-to-face classes everything is organized. For this reason it is necessary that the teachers” give guidance to the students in this regard and that they monitor not only the tasks, but also their state of encouragement, “he adds.

Likewise, the experts believe that the youngest students believe that they have resolved the issue online because he knows how to act in this environment with ease, but it is a mistake to put it that way, says Sangrà, professor of Psychology and Educational Sciences Studies at the UOC, in statements to Educaweb.

“Students know how to handle themselves in an online environment to communicate with their family or friends, but not to be able to be successful when it comes to wanting to learn or having to study online, which are two different functions of using digital environments“, explains the professor. For this reason, he recommends to the students that they do not trust themselves, because studying online is not the same as knowing how to handle yourself in digital environments.

4. Be aware that studying online requires an added effort

To take advantage of online education, It should be noted that learning under this modality requires an added effort, so it is necessary to be disciplined, constant and autonomous, as well as responsible.

“It is the student who has the power and freedom to plan and mark study schedules. In addition, online training is usually more demanding than face-to-face training or blended, since it requires an organization and planning that perhaps in other modalities is not so important, “says Martínez, president of IMF Business School.

“Studying online means being aware that I have to develop my own work plan, that I have to organize myself, be self-demanding with myself, and that therefore the results and success will come to me if I am able to maintain these elements “, says the UOC professor, Sangrà.

5. Choose the best place to study

estudiaronline consejos2 Tips for studying online in times of COVID-19

Experts agree that it is important choose the most suitable place available to study online. Being free from noise and distractions, and having good lighting, can help improve concentration.

“If there are already distractions inside a conventional classroom, they are accentuated outside of it. Therefore, it is advisable to take some strategies to avoid possible disturbances,” explains educator Lucía Núñez. Some of these tactics are “put the mobile on silence or outside the place where you are going to study, close unrelated browser tabs with the activity itself or study in a quiet environment and, if it can be, away from other people. “

It is also important having “an enabling and enabling environment”, Prats adds, referring not only to a physical space, but also to the family or social environment that is lived at home. “The family and home environment should encourage online study to be able to monitor the activities carried out and take advantage of it,” he explains.

6. Get organized: plan, set daily goals and follow up on them

Self-organize is the key to getting the most out of online training. This means to plan what will be done each day, set daily goals and follow up, according to the experts consulted.

“To study at a distance it is important establish a work plan weekly within a fixed schedule. For this, it is necessary to take into account the schedule of the subject, the necessary materials and the scheduled online classes, among other aspects, “says Núñez.

Once you have defined the planning and schedule to study, you have to prioritize daily activities. It may be useful to create a list of the assignments to be submitted or the activities to be carried out, and thus avoid slopes. “In this task it is recommended set very specific and manageable objectives in the short term, that is to say, that they are as realistic as possible according to the circumstances of each student, “adds Núñez.

Some male and / or female students may lack of skills related to autonomy, emotion management and working towards a specific goal, which “may have negative implications on learning outcomes”, points out Núñez, a pedagogue at Educaweb. In these cases, it recommends to the students a prior planning of the objectives they want to achieve and avoid distractions during the study, such as the continuous consultation of social networks.

When planning the study it should also be borne in mind that the situation of confinement by COVID-19 causes the rhythms of the day are not the same as in normal circumstances, so it is due also establish an order in this regardadvises Prats. “At the moment we are losing the regulation of the rhythms of the day, and it is important to resume them, especially when studying online.”

7. Also plan breaks

It is also essential plan the breaks that will take place during study timeSince the brain can only concentrate for a limited period of time, adds the …