St Joseph’s College have commended their staff and students for their adaption to online learning during the pandemic, and while the majority of students have returned to learning on campus, many online learning elements will continue to be adopted like never before.
St Joseph’s College Curriculum Assistant Principal, Kerrie-Anne Fellenberg, said many lessons have been learnt on how the College can further support their students individual learning paths, through online platforms.
“We found that there were students who have engaged more online than perhaps previously, so it has allowed us to look at different ways of teaching in a really positive way. This experience of online learning has allowed for better differentiation of the curriculum.”
“I have students who may be away on certain class days, and others who may wish to work ahead of the scheduled curriculum. Having a strong online platform allows for students to work at their own pace increasing student engagement, whether it is with more teacher support and guidance, or if it is self-guided learning. This allows students to be comfortable and confident with the information before moving on to the next step,” said Mrs Fellenberg.
Mrs Fellenberg said while the College has used online platform Canvas for several years, elements of self-directed learning will continue to be emphasised, allowing personalised learning experiences for each individual student.
“I teach a Year 12 Essential Maths class, and a lot of those students do school-based traineeships and apprenticeships, so they are out of class once or twice a week. Our Online learning platform has been a wonderful way to assist them with self-paced lessons where they can still engage in discussion boards and activities.”
“I create videos where I solve problems and teach as I do in class for those unable to attend. This not only allows those unable to attend class to view the lesson, but also allows other students who may need more time to review the lesson to understand the topics better outside of class time,” said Mrs Fellenberg.
Using an online platform during class time as well as after-hours has not only allowed students to self-direct their learning path, but has also boosted peer consultations, and allowed students to support each other to achieve positive learning outcomes.
“Online discussion boards have been popular, where students can discuss tricky topics that they can’t solve themselves with other students, which allows for peer feedback.”
“Collaboration is key, and for students who have not been able to return to the College as of yet, it also supports their social wellbeing, allowing continual feedback between students and teachers to build teamwork and improve student outcomes.” said Mrs Fellenberg.
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