Ontario Wooden Discusses the Benefits and Disadvantages of Online Learning During a Pandemic

When the pandemic struck in March 2020, thousands of educators across the country were forced to adapt their curricula to continue teaching online. Despite the teachers’ ability to adapt to remote learning, this transition was not without its challenges. Ontario Wooden is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Success at North Carolina Central University, and is interested in online learning as an alternative to face-to-face instruction, but is aware of both its benefits and its difficulties. As someone who is passionate about helping low income and first-generation college students, Ontario Wooden weighs in on the advantages and disadvantages of online learning in the middle of a pandemic.

Mitigating the Spread

Navigating Technical Challenges

Motivating Students

A collaborative environment that is made possible by in-person classes can often be lost in an online learning environment. Ontario Wooden reports that collaborative engagement motivates learning and promotes a deeper and more critically aware approach to the subject matter. Daily check-ins and actively encouraging discussion online can be a useful way to continually engage students.

Online learning on this scale is likely to pose as many challenges as it does benefits, but Ontario Wooden is confident that with hard work, collaboration, and determination, it may be the safest option for students and educators across the United States this Fall.

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