E-Learning Students Return Causing Scheduling Issues


Kylie Hoaglin

As second quarter continues, many of Gaither’s e-learning students are beginning to come back to in-school learning. Due to the new influx of students, there have been many schedules affected and a lot more people coming into contact with others on campus.

Ceramics and drawing teacher Rena Longo was a teacher who faced scheduling issues with her students.

“There could be a conflict with class schedules. One of my Ceramic 1 students is coming from e-learning next week,” said Longo.

Ceramics is a year-long class so e-learning students will have to be placed in a basic ceramic class to get at least half credit. The student’s schedule is forced to change due to teachers having both brick and mortar and e-learning periods.

E-learning students coming back to school will be facing many challenges as they adjust.

“The disadvantages for me were definitely not being able to keep yourself focused and motivated throughout the day, having to stare at a computer screen for about 6 hours a day, then not having the interactions with peers and your friends. Also, there are chances there would be technology errors, and then teachers and students not having the best communication because of either the student or teacher not seeing the messages. Plus when students submit an assignment through Canvas, it may not go through and that assignment is marked missing or late,” said freshman Baylie Lucas.

For teachers, many find it easier to teach in person by being face to face with students to ensure their understanding of class material. When e-learners come back, hopefully, this can lead to students getting higher grades because of in-person teaching.

“I think it’s better for some of the students to come back to campus because it’s better to teach face to face and some of them are getting lazy with turning in work and it will be less computer time for teachers,” said Longo.

It is important to teach face to face so they see me model directions better and they can get help from their peers. This means that students on campus have people to help you understand things that go on in the classroom while e-learners don’t have that companionship.

In all, going back to school can be a big change for both teachers and e-learning students. There are many kinks needed to work out to hopefully return to full in-person learning come January.