How to avoid Mental Burnout with Online Learning
At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and global lockdowns in March 2020, online learning experienced a surge with companies and education institutions alike choosing digital and online platforms as the preferred choice for conducting their training and learning sessions.
Zoom Video Communications Inc, the owner and operator of the now synonymous Zoom application saw a massive jump from 10 million average active users in the 3 months before March 2020 to over 200 million after the pandemic and lockdowns started!
Microsoft Teams also experienced a huge surge and Google updated its Google Meet to become the default service for conference calls.
All this means online learning has entered a new age, one which may change the entire landscape for a generation.
As the first virtual university in the East & Central Africa region, this was not a new trend for Nexus International University, after all we have been at it for almost 10 years now.
What was new however was the demand for new short courses and undergraduate programmes. Last year we launched our first ever undergraduate programme and onboarded more than 50 new online short courses.
In June 2021, we formally signed our partnership with NCC Education UK to bring on board more degrees and diplomas from our partners and help learners acquire British qualifications without having to leave their countries.
All this however has also presented a new challenge;
With more people spending time online, it is starting to mentally affect learners and we identified some recommendations which we think may be helpful to avoid that from happening. Some include;
- Promoting awareness on stress and burnout resulting from increased use of telecommunication during pandemics through broadcasting media channels and social media platforms.
- Increasing the frequency of breaks between online lectures or during teleconferences to allow participants to release eye strain and to prevent loss of interest and attention.
- Directing wellness campaigns at students to increase their awareness on the physical and emotional consequences of increased online time.
- Introducing podcast-based communication and learning as a substitute to online visual encounters to decrease eye strain and limit screen exposure.
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