Student Voices about Online Learning

Session 7: 1:00–2:30 PM, Zoom Room 2

Abstract

When we gave our ESL students the EL Civics objective 48.1 Task 3 topic, we did not expect a flood of advice and opinions from our students about their experiences of online learning. However, that's exactly what we got. Task 3 is a written task that requires students to "1) Introduce yourself, your school, and the topic 2) tell your opinion about  the issue, problem, or concern 3) provide reasons or facts to support your opinion 4)  suggest a solution or request help 5) write a concluding statement." At Mt. Diablo Adult Education,  ESL students Intermediate Low 1 and above responded to this prompt via email: "Dear Students, Due to COVID-19, we must have all our ESL classes online. The teachers want to know how you feel about online learning. Please explain your opinion about online learning. What are the challenges of online learning? Give examples. What are the benefits of online learning? Give examples. How can teachers make online learning better for you and your family? How can the school district or the government make online learning better? Do you think that we can keep using some online learning after the pandemic is over? Why or why not?"  As we tallied student responses by category, we were humbled and impressed by our 170 ESL students' thoughts and suggestions about online learning.  We realized afresh how important it is to hear our students' voices about their experiences.  Come hear what we have learned and what we plan to do with this treasure!

Presenters

Maren ANTON

Mt. Diablo Adult Education

Paige Endo

Mt. Diablo Adult Education

Type of Presentation

Panel or Facilitated Discussion (1 hour)

Audience

All

Program Strands

  • English as a Second Language

Category Strands

  • Digital Equity and Access
  • Online Engagement and Assessment