This week Craccum asked students how they are coping with online learning (through online of course because of the rāhui), and this is how five of them responded.
*Names changed to protect respondents’ identities.
“Not going so well for some of us.”
“It’s hard enough most of us have to teach ourselves everything without having any tutorials or getting old lecture recordings where a few things have been changed or are now disregarded.”
“Expecting us to do all these assignments and tests online make it even harder because some of us live in bad living conditions where we sought out peace and comfort in the library where we knew we’d be able to study and get our work done without any distractions or negative atmospheres.”
“Most of my classes are going okay, but some are just not working well.”
“I’m sick of previous year recordings – we sometimes can’t see what the lecturer is talking about as they don’t have an online audience in mind.”
“Some lecturers don’t check Piazza very regularly, or leave questions unanswered when they answer all the ones around it. This is so annoying since we can’t just ask them in person as usual.”
“Teachers with a background in education are doing bloody amazing. No class has been as great of a transfer as Sociol 206 (Dr Sereana Naepi is a legend).”
“Another class overwhelmed me with almost 30 emails with each more than 500 words – that’s like having to read 15 short essays just to keep on top of ‘How to Attend Class’.”
“The same teacher used online learning as an excuse to remove time limits for their lectures. leading to the first lecture being 4 hours.”
“It’s just not as easy from home, at least not for me.”
“The lecturers have been harsher with marking because according to them, we ‘have more time to do assignments and tests’.”
“They should be being more lenient because of the situation.”
“Plussage for assignments this semester would be nice.”