Distance Learning Hacks for Students and Educators

Distance Learning Hacks for Students and Educators

Overnight, educators and students around the globe have had to quickly transition from in-class learning to remote home learning. While the transition to distance learning brings rewards, it also brings a unique set of challenges.

“While the route to success might be different from that of studying at a contact institution, the rewards and sense of achievement when you reach your goals are just as significant.” says Sonia Magni, Academic Manager at Oxbridge Academy, a private college that serves more than 20 000 South African distance learning students every year.

“These students do however need all the support they can get, as distance learning can be a lonely and frustrating endeavour if you go about it the wrong way”. Magni says there are a number of distance learning study strategies, which, if applied, will help ensure student success.

Adobe reached out to students and educators to find out what they were doing to stay inspired, connected and productive. Here’s what they had to say – 

“Get dressed and ready every morning as if you’re leaving the house.”

I believe that the environment or learning scenarios, such as the classroom or the classmates around you, help students to switch to ‘focus’ mode. E-learning doesn’t provide that kind of stimulus, and that might be one of the reasons why students find it hard to concentrate or be productive during this online course period. I embedded my previous routine into my current ‘learn-from-home’ life, such as making coffee before starting the day or dressing up as what I normally would do when going to class. Tiara Ping Shia

 

“If you find you’re losing focus, find a new spot to study.”

Ambiance and my surroundings are things I find to be very impactful on the way at which I prepare schoolwork. Being in my bedroom inhibits me from this, so I try to complete my work in different rooms to avoid the temptation of being totally idle. Cyann Camaya

 

“Create a schedule and stick with it.”

Creating a consistent routine that most resembles my on-campus life is what I find to be the most helpful. Exercising in the mornings, spending time outside, and participating in virtual study groups and club meetings normalises the situation. Allyson Maroyka

 

“Alternate between doing your homework and doing the things you love.”

The switch from in-person instruction to online classes has been a stressful and daunting task for most students. I find that taking walks outside as the weather gets warmer helps me regain a sense of normalcy during these troubling times.  Vasu Garg

 

“Take regular breaks.”

I find it tough to concentrate for a long period of time, so it’s important to give yourself breaks every hour or so. And I always shut off my phone when I do work. It’s extremely distracting. Brandon Kalika

 

“Get a good workout in every day.”

Too much screen time tends to give me a headache, which lowers my productivity considerably. I try to ensure that I stay active and hydrated by always having water nearby and try to fit in some level of activity each day. Jenna Minks

 

“Find a way to limit phone use.”

Getting distracted on your phone during class is way easier now than when you used to go to an actual school. Find a way to limit your usage because that device can destroy the schedule you’ve crafted so well. Emile Redlinger

 

“Find a hobby that taps into your creative side.”

It’s been a transition for everyone, but we all find our ways of coping. Personally, at the beginning I started to fall into cycles of negative thinking without realising. Thankfully, this changed when I started taking each day as an opportunity to do something positive, and I would always have something to look forward to doing. I found that exercise has helped tremendously, as well as doing something creative. Harry Wiley

 

As the world navigates this unprecedented health crisis, educators and learners are learning to adapt and move forward. In the face of all this change, Learning Curve are fully committed to helping schools, colleges and universities, teachers, faculty, and learners make the shift to online learning one of the easiest and simplest decisions.

We’re inspired by the ideas and resources educational leaders are sharing with each other during this time. To continue the conversation and connect with us drop us an email or connect with us on Facebook

Making the transition to remote learning – resources to help get you started

Making the transition to remote learning – resources to help get you started

As we adjust to a continually changing educational landscape and embrace the idea of distance learning – which has suddenly moved to the forefront of our teaching practice – many educators are worried about how to make adjustments on behalf of all our learners. The good news is that there are some great tools that can help educators transition to distance learning.

 

Whether your school routinely supports distance learning or has faced unexpected closures, we’ve assembled a list of these tools and learning opportunities to help educators engage remote students through online learning.

Scan anything in a snap! 

The free Adobe Scan app makes it easy to turn your work into a PDF. Instead of taking a picture and pasting it into Google doc or Microsoft World file to share, simply scan it. The app can be downloaded on your phone or tablet. Scan on or more sheets of paper and watch Adobe Scan create a PDF of your document with no shadows, blurs or glare. Available on iOS and Android

Convert your classroom content into eLearning.

Simply screen capture existing on-screen content such as PPT, PDF, web pages and convert them into interactive videos. Something new? Choose from hundreds of quick start slide templates. Adobe are offering a free 90-day access pass of Captivate to all educators – register here before 31 May 2020.

Flipped Classroom –  introductory course.

Adobe Education Exchange is hosting a series of upcoming webinars that will share distance learning strategies. In The Flipped Classroom course you’ll explore best strategies, approaches, and tools for creating effective flipped learning opportunities that you can immediately apply to your classroom context.

Google Resources.

Google is waiving the fees on the premium version of Meet to assist businesses and schools operating remotely until 30 September 2020. This enables meetings for up to 250 participants per call, live streaming for up to 100,000 viewers and the ability to record meetings and save them directly into Google Drive. Find out more here. 

We’re inspired by the ideas and resources educational leaders are sharing with each other during this time. To continue the conversation and connect with us drop us an email or connect with us on Facebook

We know how important it is for you to remain operational during this uncertain period. Our physical offices may be closed, but our specialists are online, available, and ready to help. 

Adobe Spark – Your Free Personal Trainer to Social Media Marketing

Adobe Spark – Your Free Personal Trainer to Social Media Marketing

Stay Connected, Stay Productive.

Social media marketing is a lot like working out. It takes discipline and results are never instant. Now more than ever however, it is critical that you maintain business continuity and with a large portion of our global population affected by lockdown it’s the perfect time to flex those social media muscles! New to social media or know that it’s time to boost your game? Don’t be overwhelmed. Adobe Spark is your personal trainer on hand to help you effortlessly create your next social media piece packed with punch! 

 

From ready to use, customisable templates complete with fonts, colour themes and image options even designing a project from scratch can be achieved in minutes.

Whether your message is business related or you just want to reach out remember, laughter is a great medicine! Go on and have some fun – it might be just what someone needs to see. 

How To Create Killer Social Content Using Adobe Spark

 

Start with Inspiration
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Remix to Make it Your Own
There are lots of ways to personalise the templates. Change up the copy and font. Sub out the imagery with your own snapshots or short video clips. Or browse from thousands of free images right in Spark. Spend as little or as much time as you want making the graphic your own.
 
Resize to Make Your Content Go Further
Gone are the days of having to memorise image dimensions for every single platform. Once you’ve landed on a design you like, you can easily modify it for any social network by using Spark’s handy, auto-magical resize feature. Simply duplicate the project, hit resize, and select the platform you want to resize it for and our AI will take care of the rest. Boom! Content for all your channels in a fraction of the time!

Feeling inspired yet? Hop on over to Adobe Spark and create your social media masterpiece in minutes!