Why Online Classes Are Not Successful In Pakistan
Like most of you, home is now an office and a residence hall. Surviving with two distance learning students gives me an up-close look of the virus postsecondary education experience.
More precisely, I am looking at the training experience of the subset of more exempt students. Living under these conditions shows the benefit of fast internet, modern laptops, and a full fridge.
Their only jobs are to finish the semester with online classes. And despite their many privileges, I still understand these distance learning college students strive at times.
Among the most prominent struggles that I’m observing with the online learning college students is that at home there are timed online classes and exams.
Expecting our distant learners to catch timed online examinations appears like a higher education self-inflicted wound.
There are some logical reasons why no online learner exam throughout the time of the pandemic is necessary.
Create Additional Pressure:
Throughout a pandemic, the absolute top priorities of all colleges and universities should be to evade contributing to any additional weight for our learners. I’d argue that this is correct even in non-global pandemic times, but we keep that discussion for next.
Timed exams generate tension. Not for all students and all exams, but sufficient students in enough exams.
Timed online classes and exams produce pressure and are not successful, even if everything else in the test-taking situation is natural and supportive. Nothing in our students’ test-taking conditions are reasonable and supportive nowadays.
A stressed-out mind does not perceive normal classes or online classes. Even with all the data from studying science, we in higher education have not been able to let go of the story that a little bit of pressure is suitable for knowledge. It is not.
Stress and anxiety can force short-term performance but is awful for long-term retention.
here’s a video from a ted-ed about how stress affects our memory.
Are Helpless to Bandwidth Problems:
How is your house bandwidth? With three laptops and eight mobile phones are struggling for bandwidth in my house, not to consider every next-door-neighbor also on the internet all day, bandwidth problems sometimes really made you exhausted.
How are you enduring with remote work and education if you are on DSL, cellular, or satellite?
And in Pakistan the public-facing power consumption problems?
With timed online classes and exams, particularly exams that only show a single question on a page, bandwidth and other performance problems are harmful to the test-taker. Can you picture your exam time ticking down as you set for the problems to load?
One of the most-followed people on Github explaining bandwidth issues.
Are Badly Associated with Knowledge:
Timed exams or online classes cover a student’s competency to solve questions immediately. A timed exam is evaluating speed, not knowledge perception.
There is no connection between recall speed and intelligence. Students who can come up with explanations instantly are not brighter than those who require to think before answering.
The ability to complete an exam quickly is not a measure of training, attention, or mastery.
If you lack any motivation here a link of a youtube video by Jordan Peterson click here
Do Not Shield Against Cheating:
Sometimes you discover that teachers assigned timed or online classes and exams to guard against cheating. The plan is that students will not have time to run and find solutions from other sources.
The concept that timed exams to protect against deception is another one of those myths that higher education can’t seem to let off. The truth is that if students want to cheat, then they will discover a new way to do, they always do.
In our present universal distance education reality, I suppose that we could start an online proctoring method including webcams, keystroke logging, maybe drones, and spying bees like AIDS in Black Mirror. I’m unclear if this will achieve the required results, and sure that the benefits would not be worth the trouble.
Much more useful to have an honor system that your entire community believes in and Put those honor principles at the top of each exam. Talk about the causes behind the honor system in your synchronized online sessions. Record a video about the honor system that your students can see asynchronously. Require every student to admit to the honor system by a quiz.
But end believing that a timed exam will do enough to stop cheating. It won’t.
here’s a video by MIT professor on cheating.
Unfair Difficulty on Students Who Need Learning Accommodations:
I doubt that most institutions are entirely on top of the steps needed to guarantee that students with identified learning maintenance requirements are getting extra time on timed exams and also students who don’t have enough resources to take the online classes. If a student was approved for additional time or for financial support during classes, that approval should carry forward for the betterment of learners.
Even in the most favorable of circumstances, however, requiring that our students navigate the systems in space to allow extra exam time or assistance. The task of getting extra assistance for students has to be easier in a remote learning environment.
We should also be ready to accept that there is a gap between those students who are entitled to take extra time or support in this time of crisis.
Students (and their parents) who are savvy navigators of the education system have jumped through the required hoops to secure their child’s future.
So no more online classes and timed exams because of the underprivileged students.
If you have set your exams with a time limit or by not giving a chance to unfortunate ones, please consider rethinking this decision.
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