Online education has become the new normal in many primary schools public and private worldwide. In a current study, students were satisfied with the communication and flexibility afforded during online learning (Elshami, W., Taha, M. H., Abuzaid, M., Saravanan, C., Al Kawas, S., & Abdalla, M. E., 2021). Satisfaction with online learning is a significant aspect of promoting successful educational processes. According to the study factors affecting student and faculty satisfaction with online learning during the new normal were identified using online questionnaires that were emailed to students (n = 370) and faculty (n = 81) involved in online learning during the pandemic. The questionnaires included closed- and open-ended questions and were organized into two parts: socio-demographic information and satisfaction with online learning. Descriptive statistics were used to analyze the responses to the satisfaction scales. Students’ and faculty responses to the open-ended questions were analyzed using the thematic analysis method. The response rate was 97.8% for students and 86.4% for faculty. Overall satisfaction among students was 41.3% compared to 74.3% for faculty. The highest areas of satisfaction for students were communication and flexibility, whereas 92.9% of faculty were satisfied with students’ enthusiasm for online learning. Additionally, there is no mistaking that many students are thriving during online learning. According to Ms. Wilson a fifth grade teacher in Washington D.C. (2021) before the coronavirus closures, her days were challenging; One boy in particular, the “class clown,” was a persistent challenge, and his behavior influenced his 23 peers. During the coronavirus closures and not having those everyday distractions in school Ms. Wilson shared some good news that "Online learning has really allowed for kids like him to focus on their work and not necessarily all the social things going on, because some kids can't separate that out in a traditional classroom setting.”
At Nedlof's we’ve been hearing that a lot from our parents. Increasingly, teachers in our audience are reporting that a handful of their students—shy kids, hyperactive kids, highly creative kids—are suddenly doing better with remote learning than they were doing in the physical classroom. “It’s been awesome to see some of my kids finally find their niche in education,” said Holli Ross, a first-year high school teacher in northern California, echoing the sentiments of dozens of teachers we’ve heard from.
“I think a few of mine are doing really well getting a taste of more independence,” said Lauren Huddleston, a middle school English teacher in Memphis, Tennessee. “They’re taking ownership a bit more because they’re no longer under the micromanagement of the school day.”
Whether you are homeschooling seeking assistance from a qualified online teacher or considering remote learning for your student, keep in mind the use of technology with students may facilitate their progress toward proficiency in reading, writing, investigating, assessing and using information as well as develop or enhance their independence.