COVID-19 and the Need for a More Student Focused Learning Approach in Online Settings
Abstract: The opportunity to teach in a distant setting has been a platform for serving hard-working and dedicated traditional and non-traditional professionals. The distant education platform takes away one of the most influential aspects of communication, face-to-face interaction; however, it does offer a unique platform to honoring our students by personalizing our teaching approach especially during the challenging pandemic times. Learning science and math in an online accelerated course can be challenging to students due to the great deal of information to process with lack of motivation as one of the core reasons. This challenge has been enhanced during the stressful COVID-19 months as students hustled to find proper time management skills to their personal, professional and educational aspects of life. Therefore, it became crucial to ensure a student-centered learning experience that not only alleviates these challenges; but, also offers a supportive learning environment. We can do that effectively by honoring our students by recognizing student efforts; allowing for grace and regular encouraging notes to our hard-working students.