For most of the world, online/remote learning has become the new standard for schooling.
What are your thoughts on online learning?
Do you like the convenience of learning from home, or do you miss the in-person classroom experience?
I really do actually! I have more time to focus on my research instead of commuting and can be accessible to my students as well.
While I enjoy the flexibility of in home learning. If I had to choose I’d go with in the classroom. I find it helps me retain more, when I’m surrounded by my peers .
Awesome! You mentioned "being more accessible" to your students - can you share more?
Has remote learning created new student opportunities/programs for you?
It depends on the class and the classmates. I've run into a lot of classes where the classmates feel shy on camera so it makes for a very dull class. In that sense, I miss in person experience. I do miss the lab setting as I feel it helped me be more productive, doing research in isolation is mentally tiresome. Also, instead of being able to consult with colleagues sitting at a desk across from you, now I have to write and email and wait for a response which can take days.
I'm super ready! I do appreciate being able to attend class, no matter where I am which has allowed me to travel and attend other work, family, and academic issues. As a professor I like that cause it also allows me to give my students all the material digitally which saves trees but it's a lot more work to make sure I come up with entertaining an engaging ways to present the material as most of the experiments and experiences that I had for my students do not adapt to online teaching.
As a student, I honestly do miss the human interaction. It almost feels like an invasion of privacy as my home was a space to relax but now it's more work and study than anything else.
For myself it is most certainly a mix of feelings: I like the convenience but at the same time I am in a semi-rural area so home internet is kind of meh and as such more often than not it is actually in-person that ends up being better imo over here. So at least where I am at I am getting a fair share of both kinds of learning and I like both about the same given their boons and banes.