Written by Wendy Nemanashe on March 18, 2021
Times have changed from when classes meant meeting your lecturer in class daily, to now starring at your PC for lessons. However, as per the COVID-19 restrictions all public gatherings were put on hold. This included churches, entertainment venues as well as educational institutions.
Universities had to immediately transition from contact classes to teaching and learning online, and it seems that will be the case for the year 2021. However, with that transition comes a question of “will students cope, especially first years?” What measures will be put in place to ensure that online classes are facilitated with understanding for every student?
This will test the student’s ability to keep track of their scheduled modes of instruction e.g., Virtual study portals and Academic programmed apps. Although the convenience of online learning goes without saying, the disadvantages are just as much. These disadvantages have more to do with an individual’s discipline, as there will be no instructor tailing you and as a student you will have to be an active learner creating your own path to learning.
On the flipside most student will be going back to res and can look forward to having their personal space back and get to miss home a little bit. Also, those who enjoy going out over the weekend for movies and maybe lunch, they are in luck as the COVID-19 restrictions have been eased. However, do not forget to comply with the standing measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
All the best to those enrolled for the 2021 Academic year.
Q: How has COVID-19 affected your 2021 academic year plans for Residence?