COVID-19 has forced almost everything to go online and for students who were used to in-person teaching, it is tough. Lecturers are equally having it rough juggling between the effect of the pandemic on their families and being there to give that online lecture on Zoom. As we all try to survive the pandemic, we need to make each other’s life easier. Therefore, here are some of the things that lecturers would like you all to stop doing while attending online classes on Zoom.
Stop Goofing on Zoom Calls
There’s only one thing harder than trying to rein in over 50 students in one room — trying to rein in 50 students in 50 different rooms. Help your teacher out and behave. Avoid goofing off, misbehaving or doing inappropriate things while on zoom calls with your lecturer.
- Don’t Turn your Camera Off during Zoom Classes
Lecturers need to know that you’re paying attention when they’re teaching a lesson. So if they’ve requested that you keep your camera on while they teach, keep it on. Cooperating with your lecturer is the best gift you can give them during these unprecedented times.
Don’t Turn on your Microphone during Zoom Classes unless you want to speak
There is nothing as depressing to a lecturer as trying to teach 50 students in 50 different rooms with every room producing its sound of its own. Mute your microphones and only turn them on when you want to ask a question, seek clarification or answer a question. Having your microphones on will distract everyone and interfere with the lecture.
Don’t Blame Lectures for Hiccups in Digital Learning
Slow internet? Forgotten passwords? Accidentally closed a tab and lost your work? Digital learning is full of nuisances like this, but they’re not your lecturer’s fault. Figure your way around these hiccups and make sure you are in class as required.
Don’t Expect Lecturers to have all the Answers
Lecturers are just as blindsided by this pandemic as the rest of us, and the directives coming from their bosses and government officials are changing every day. They don’t know how long this will last or how it will impact the next academic year. Be patient and take things one day at a time.
Don’t Expect 100% Perfect Education Right Now
Trust that teachers are doing everything they can to keep students engaged in their education — but the unfortunate reality of this pandemic is that it will limit what classes are able to achieve. It sucks, but there’s not much anyone can do about it.
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Don’t Give up
There’s still a lot of valuable learning that can be done from home. So try your best, keep going, and don’t get discouraged by these new challenges.
Don’t Forget Lecturers are People too
Lecturers all over the world are just as frustrated, confused, and anxious as the rest of us right now. So check in on them! Find little ways to brighten their day. We’re all in this mess together. Let’s get out of it together, too.