Students do not always welcome digital education, and research shows they are less likely to drop out when taught using “traditional” face-to-face methods. Educators need to model compassion and empathy in these trying times to create a supportive atmosphere for kids to learn.
As teachers and instructors shift to a digital environment, remembering our human capacities and prioritizing elements of interaction that make learning meaningful will be valuable.
Collaboration is key to ensuring a successful remote learning experience. Collaboration is a key 21st century skill, along with communication, creativity, and critical thinking. And, it can be learned and practiced in a way that gives people skills to provide feedback to each other.
When children are given independence, they learn self-control and responsibility, which then equips them to face the challenges of adulthood, and then they become more innovative and creative.
Independence also helps encourage meta-learning (or “learning about learning”) among people, who are more likely to engage in continuous improvement. They become lifelong learners who are driven by their desire to expand their skills and contribute more as their jobs and ways of performing them evolve rapidly.