The Coronavirus pandemic has caused countless universities worldwide to transition to online schooling, including ISU as of March 16.
This transition may not be an easy one to make for both students and professors. Many students prefer taking face-to-face classes rather than online classes because the classroom environment allows them to focus more on the course, without many outside distractions.
“I have never done well with online classes because it’s just not my preferred learning style. It has been interesting as a nursing student too because all of our clinicals had to be transitioned into an online format. Overall, I have been impressed with how well my professors are coping with the transition and keeping things as easy as possible to follow,” said ISU junior Bailey Thomas.
According to a poll posted to Twitter taken by 85 college students, 75% of them voted that they are struggling with the online class transition.
So, what are students doing to adjust to this life-changing situation?
“I’ve realized that by making a routine/schedule for myself, it has helped me get a lot done during the day. I make a list of everything that I need to get done for the day and just make sure to stay organized. It has helped me to stay on top of all of my responsibilities. It has been a difficult process, but I’m learning how to adjust,” said ISU sophomore Gracie Rhoads.
This is also a learning process for professors as some have never instructed an online course, while others are more familiar with the online course process, it still isn’t easy by any means.
“The transition, for me, has been smooth since I've been teaching some online classes for numerous years. But the transition for my face-to-face students seems to have been somewhat rocky. They don't have me in the same room to explain assignments, to supervise work, or to keep them on task. Or to make them laugh,” said Maggie Wheeler, a senior instructor in the English department.
While Wheeler is finding the shift rather easy, she does have some reservations.
“Being in the classroom is my favorite part of teaching, so going to all online has been really isolating. I miss seeing everyone in person. I miss the group dynamics of the classroom setting. It's a challenge for everyone, but we will get through it,” said Wheeler.
This is a challenging time for all parties involved, but there are a few ways to make this transition as doable as possible.
“Online learning requires a lot of discipline to keep on task. One basic trick is to keep a detailed planner. Go through each syllabus and write down every deadline. And of course, contact your professor if you're really struggling. But remember, some professors are struggling too. Many have never taught online before and their transition has been difficult and is still ongoing. The key for everyone is to be patient, empathetic, and pro-active,” said Wheeler.
Several professors and ISU faculty have made it known to inform them and/or ISU if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or are having difficulties stemming from this pandemic. During this stressful time period, its important stay positive and keep pushing through these tough obstacles.