Online Classes & Wellness
E-Learning has become a permanent reality across education systems in the world.
Many academics suggest that the future lies either in blended or completely remote learning practices. What does this mean for one's mental health?
Educators have expressed their concerns as students often undergo remoteness and lack of interaction. As a result, they find themselves experiencing social isolation.
Prior to 2020, we would thrive in environments that allow for human interaction. Now, with the combination of a lack of communication and social isolation, both teachers and students have noted to experience heightened anxiety, negative thoughts, anxiety, and burnout.
So, what can we do to promote wellness in such environments?
- Publicly funded boards and private founders/investors should provide teachers with continuous support through engaging tools and resources to run high-quality classes
- Teachers are strongly advised to pay close attention to any signs of distancing from their students
- If classes cannot be run in a blended format, parents should look into in-person tutoring or extracurricular activities with 1-2 peers
- Classes should be as interactive as possible, allowing students a space to consistently share their thoughts and ideas, rather than heavily focusing on theory