The Challenges Online Learners Face
We believe that there should be no barriers to when and where you can study, and we’re committed to helping students connect with classmates to collaborate as a community.
Students' interactions with peers are greatly reduced as online learners. They complete online classes alone, mostly asynchronously, and with limited peer interactions. Students in online programs can lack a sense of community and lead to a feeling of isolation.
While online programs offer some benefits to students such as Flexibility, Self-Paced Learning, and Lower Costs it presents new challenges. To do well students must have higher self-regulation, strong time management skills, and be extremely self-motivated.
According to the latest data, 35% of college students are taking at least one course online (NCES Fast Facts: Distance Learning). This trend has steadily risen over the past decade and will continue to rise as the world continues to be affected by Covid-19 along with advances in technology.
The social interactions with peers before and after classes help instill a sense of community and belonging and is essential to quality learning experiences. Unfortunately for online learners, this is one of the greatest challenges.
Within our name, CircleIn, it tells our story. For the growing online learning populations on every campus, hybrid, or remote, they now have the ability to CircleIn around their classmates, study together, solve problems, inspire each other, and push one another to success. We’re now partnering with schools to eliminate the isolation for online learning.
by Henderson Sargeant
Published August 23, 2021