Remote learning proves challenging for marginalised groups

Posted in Teaching on July 22nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Further education and training (FET) students in direct provision, lone parents, Traveller and Roma learners, and those with disabilities were more likely to face barriers while learning remotely. The latest annual report from the National FET Forum found they struggled with access to devices, mental health, and motivation …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 21 July]

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My son isn’t logging onto lectures. I worry that he’ll drop out of college

Posted in Life, Teaching on December 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“My son was delighted when he got his CAO offer in September. Sadly, as the weeks have passed, his enthusiasm has waned and he is finding it hard to motivate himself to log on to lectures. He was on campus just once – but with few around, he found it a very depressing experience. I fear he may drop out …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 1 November]

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Third degree: College students struggling to cope with remote learning experience

Posted in Life on November 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“COVID-19 has turned the typical third-level student experience on its head. Remote learning is the prevailing reality for the majority, cutting students off from the rich vibrancy of campus life. Opportunities to connect in-person with their peers – so vital for this stage of their development – and with their lecturers – key mentors for their future careers – are rare or non-existent …” (more)

[Helen O’Callaghan, Irish Examiner, 27 November]

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