Tips for remote learning
Remote learners often have to cope with more challenges compared with face-to-face learning. So stay motivated and stay positive, give yourself credit and, as appropriate, the occasional reward.
It might seem obvious but you need to log in. Even if you can’t make live classes or events, it’s important to login to the Canvas system as often as you can so you can stay on top of your modules. If you go too long without logging in you can get left behind and, moreover, it may seem to your lecturers that you’re not participating fully in your course.
Keep in Contact
During periods of remote learning, lecturers and other staff are not seeing or meeting you in a face-to-face environment, so you may need to be a bit more proactive if you encounter difficulties or need help with something. If you are having some kind of technical issue, for instance, that prevents you from participating properly in a class or accessing Canvas your lecturer may have no way of knowing unless you tell them. Be sure to use the correct technical supports in these situations. Further information and links can be found at the end of this post.
Equally, if there is something about the structure of your course, or just some concepts that you don’t understand, be sure to ask your lecturers or your fellow students. Just try to be as clear and as concise as you can.
Have a plan and stick to it
It might seem obvious but you need to put time aside every week to study and work on your course requirements while outside CIT (this is in addition to attending or reviewing any live classes). It is absolutely critical to your success. Don’t rely on doing coursework when you have a spare moment, or when you feel up to it. Block off set times each week and stick to them.
Connect with your classmates and join in online discussions
Try and participate in any opportunities provided to you to connect with your classmates. This may include an online discussion or a live lecture event for a particular module, or some other group-based activity or online community space set up by your lecturer/s. It may even be just a whatsapp request for help, or offer of help, from your classmates. Make sure you keep up these connections. It will pay dividends in terms of staying on top of coursework while outside of CIT, supporting each other and ultimately advance your final results.
Engage with all learning experiences and content
However your lecturer makes learning material available, be sure look at it closely. Examine the learning content and attend any online lectures that may be scheduled. Pay attention and take notes and use any relevant opportunity to ask questions and seek clarifications.
During this remote teaching period, knowing what you need to get done is essential. Keep a calendar for important dates and deadlines and keep a to-do list for smaller daily or weekly tasks. Being disorganised is the biggest enemy of the learner — don’t let it hurt your chances for success.
Have a place to learn
It can be difficult (and sometimes impossible!) to study or work on assessments if you’re sharing a space with others, or if the space where you’re trying to work is noisy or messy. Try to find a space that’s quiet and free of distractions when you’ve blocked off time to do any online learning.
Try to keep this space organised and tidy so that you feel motivated to work there. Don’t allow yourself to become the source of your own distraction: have strict and absolute rules for yourself about use of social media, extracurricular browsing etc.
Remember why you’re doing this
Stay motivated and stay positive. Accept that there will be highs and lows and that the most important kind of learning challenges us at more than just an intellectual level.