However, students are only one side of the story in distance learning. While students are adapting to learning online, the same is happening with teachers at the other end.
“ I don’t think it’s going well for the most part.” Chemistry teacher Tom Grace said. “I think a lot of students need to be physically on campus and they need that support, daily support, daily instructions, and to be with their peers in a class or class setting.”
“It’s more difficult and challenging to work in this format because everything is electronic... It’s challenging to work efficiently and effectively in this kind of setting. It’s much more informative and much more effective if it’s in a classroom setting dealing with physical papers,” Grace said.
Though, Grace believes this distance learning schedule is the best option so far.
“I think right now it’s probably the right fit, it’s probably the best fit we got, Grace said. It’s hard to judge because you have nothing to go by. We don’t have spent years tweaking the schedule [no past years where distance-learning was used. This is all new].” Grace said.
As homework remains a large stressor of students during the pandemic, Grace had to change how often he would give assignments.
“No, I don’t think it’s ok to give [students] more [homework]. When I assign assignments a lot of the time I’ll assign them on a monday, just one document, paper. It will not be due until thursday or friday. I give my students a lot more time in this format.” In contrast if the scenario was in-person learning Grace explained that he would assign a document and have it due the next day.