You may not be willing to admit it, but you’re an expert learner. However this drastic shift in how we learn from instruction is clearly a new challenge, and it is unreasonable to assume or approach the class as if nothing has changed. Be kind to yourself, but remember you’re an expert learner, you’ve made it this far! In order to adapt to these new challenges you will need to reflect, and pause often during this period. How you adapt to these new demands are imperative for your engagement and success (or let’s be real, survival) this semester.
- Be reflective of how the course has changed. What are the new demands, expectations, or methods of instruction and/or engagement with the course (i.e. discussions, lectures in real time or recorded)?
- Strive to understand why these changes have been made, why the course has been designed as it has. This will help you align your efforts with the aims of your instructor(s).
- Clarify your instructors’ expectations for students. Read and listen carefully to establish a concrete and specific understanding of what you are expected to do before, during and after class sessions and on assignments. Ask specific questions to get additional information.
- Identify what is difficult or challenging about how you are being taught and expected to learn. What makes it hard; what are the learning demands? Generate ideas for how to address them and experiment.
- Periodically, reflect on your approach to the course (study strategies, time management, etc.) and discuss with your classmates, instructor, or the OAR how it is working effectively and not.
- Be alert to problems with access to course materials, problems with Moodle remembering that your instructors are having to make big adjustments, too. Communicate any issues you observe to your instructors in a timely and helpful way so they can address them for you and the entire class.
- Be prepared to adapt to new developments by applying this process multiple times. Expect some trial and error, but continue to attend to and refine your methods and processes of engaging with and learning from remote, online instruction.
We are more than happy to address any of these topics with you during a virtual academic coaching session. Please do not hesitate to connect, we’re here!
Adapted and used with permission from McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, Princeton University