7 Things We’ve Learned about Learning from Lockdown
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We’re all probably bored to tears talking about COVID-19 and lockdown by now. 2020 Has been a year and it’s taking a toll on us like we could never have imagined. Zoom fatigue, pandemic panic, corona chaos – we certainly weren’t predicting any of these on New Year’s Eve 2019. But apart from all the negativity, and maybe because of all of it, it’s necessary to take some time to focus on the positives that we can drag out of this year. In terms of learning and teaching English as a Foreign Language, it’s interesting to realise what we have learned about learning from lockdown.
Things We’ve Learned about Learning from Lockdown
Read more: TEFL After COVID-19: Where to From Here?
Even though all industries and sectors were affected by COVID-19 and the subsequent lockdowns, education around the world was dealt a particularly harsh blow. Many TEFL teachers lost their jobs as students were no longer able to attend English lessons or even school. Those teachers who were lucky enough to keep their jobs had to quickly acclimatize to teaching English online, with or without the resources to support them. Learners themselves also had to get to grips with learning in a lockdown environment and deal with more independence when it came to learning and a whole new virtual learning environment.
We have all learned to adapt to our circumstances and indeed we have even found a few silver linings to take away with us. One of those would be what we have learned about learning from lockdown.
1. Blended learning is the way forward
While previously teachers certainly tried to make use of the various multimedia tools at their disposal to supplement their EFL lessons, it was nevertheless often more of an afterthought than a primary concern. Teachers were more likely to introduce a video or webquest or flipped learning lesson for variety rather than utilizing any of those for primarily for teaching purposes. But lockdown and distance learning has shown us that blended learning is the way forward.
This is not to say that traditional lessons should be done away with completely. But, if utilized appropriately, blended learning is able to give learners more autonomy in their learning and teachers are able to introduce a whole new level of personalization, making blended learning lessons very effective teaching tools.
2. Flipped learning should be at the center of our teaching
Our learners have shown us that they are more than capable of independent study and self-review. Not only that but they enjoy learning using online resources. This means flipped learning should be incorporated into our teaching in a more intentional way. Flipped learning allows our learners to learn at their own pace yet still be able to refer to their teacher and classmates for clarification and consolidation.
Read more: Flipped Classrooms
3. Collaboration is key
Even though our learners aren’t in the same classrooms, the need for interactive activities and collaboration remain important to them. Perhaps because of the digital divide, it has become obvious our learners crave the connection with their classmates and teachers.
This shows us that even when we are back in physical classrooms, we should not forget the importance of collaboration in our lessons. Make sure that you design and set up activities that foster relationships between the learners and promote authentic communication and connection.
4. Learning is a social process
It follows that our students learn through this collaboration with their peers. This peer-to-peer communication is not only about checking answers or problem-solving, but also about sharing knowledge, supporting each other and being creative together. In the beginning of our digital learning journeys, it was not uncommon to find that students were feeling isolated or lonely, and this was primarily due to their distance learning being considered as exactly that – distance learning.
Instead what we need to do is ensure our learners remain connected to their classmates, even if they are not in the same physical space. What this means going forward is that we should create situations which allow our students to connect on a personal level, as this will help them in the learning space.
5. Our learners are capable of more (than we think)
Previously, giving homework was never a popular option. Learners didn’t like doing homework and teachers didn’t like giving homework because they knew this, and the chances of their learners actually doing it were slim. This might have been for many reasons but quite possibly it was because the homework we were giving them was too teacher-led. After all, many times homework consisted of practice grammar and vocabulary activities. Now, from their performance with distance learning, it is clear our learners are more capable than we give them credit for.
A change in the nature of homework should be the first result of this realization. Homework tasks should not be repetitive and basic. Rather we can give our learners more complex and intricate homework which requires more thought, research and consideration.
Read more: Give Homework Students Will Want to Do
6. Our learners are people
Of course we’ve always known that our learners are people, but lockdown has re-inforced to us the idea that a learner’s background has a huge effect on their learning capacity. Lockdown created such an intense environment fraught with a lot of anxiety and stress, and it became apparent that this was affecting our learners’ moods, behaviour and learning capacity.
When we are back in our classrooms, we shouldn’t forget the impact a learner’s life will have on their performance in the classroom. We must take time to acknowledge and deal with our learners’ lives so that we can help them perform at the best of their ability.
7. We are all in this together
Learning and teaching online from home is a tricky business. There are often distractions and noises in the background, or technology can play up and cause interruptions in your lessons. Both teachers and learners have had to learn to be patient and forgiving. As much as we can try make everything perfect, there is always a chance a toddler will want to be a part of your class or a dog might not stop barking for the duration of the lesson.
Back in the classroom, we should bring this mentality back with us. Sometimes we can be late for class, or forget our homework at home. There is no need to freak out about the little things, and we can all work together to make the best of a sticky situation.
2020 May have been a tough year, but for the most part, we’ve done a pretty good job of getting on with our lives as best as we can. If we can take stock of how much we have accomplished despite the circumstances and learn from those lessons, then we can walk into 2021 with a few more teaching tools in our arsenal.
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- proof of your identity
- proof of your home address
- any information that we reasonably need to locate the information you have requested (for example details of the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD offices or staff that you have had contact with and when)
We will not start looking for your information until we receive all of the above. In order to submit your request, or for help making a request, please contact us.
Rights concerning the processing of your personal information
- Right to restrict processing of personal information
- In some situations, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of your personal information. We may restrict your personal information by temporarily moving the information to another processing system, making the information unavailable to users, or temporarily removing published information from a website. We may also use technical methods to ensure the personal information is not subject to further processing and cannot be changed. When we have restricted processing of personal information, this will be clearly indicated on our systems.
- You can require us to restrict processing in the following circumstances:
- You are concerned that the information we hold about you is inaccurate. You can ask us to restrict the information until we can determine whether the information is accurate or inaccurate.
- We are processing your personal data unlawfully and you do not want us to delete the information but restrict it instead.
- We no longer need the information for the purposes for which we collected it, but they are needed by you for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
- You have objected to the processing (see below), and we need to decide whether the legitimate grounds we have to process the information override your legitimate interests.
Processing you think is unlawful
- If you tell us that you think we are processing your personal information unlawfully, but you do not want the information to be erased, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of that information.
- We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the processing is unlawful, and may also ask that you provide evidence to support this view.
Processing of personal information you think is inaccurate
- You can tell us if you think the personal information we are processing about you is factually inaccurate. You can require us to restrict how we use your personal information until we can verify the accuracy of the information. We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the information is inaccurate, and may also ask that you provide some supporting evidence of the alleged inaccuracy.
- If we find that the personal information we are processing about you is inaccurate, we will take appropriate steps to correct the information.
Personal information is no longer needed by ELEARNING FUTURES LTD but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.