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September 30, 2022

Article Notice – A Synthesis of Research on Mental Health and Remote Learning: How Pandemic Grief Haunts Claims of Causality

Filed under: virtual school — Michael K. Barbour @ 8:04 am
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One of my own articles that was officially published over the past week.

A Synthesis of Research on Mental Health and Remote Learning: How Pandemic Grief Haunts Claims of Causality

Authors

  • Stephanie Moore, University of New Mexico
  • George Veletsianos, Royal Roads University
  • Michael K. Barbour, Touro University California

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18357/otessaj.2022.1.1.36

Keywords:

mental health, online learning, remote education, anxiety, stress, well-being, wellness

Abstract

While there has been a lot of debate over the impact of online and remote learning on mental health and well-being, there has been no systematic syntheses or reviews of the research on this particular issue. In this paper, we review the research on the relationship between mental health/well-being and online or remote learning. Our review shows that little scholarship existed prior to 2020 with most studies conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic. We report four findings: (1) pandemic effects are not well-controlled in most studies; (2) studies present a very mixed picture, with variability around how mental health and well-being are measured and how/whether any causal inferences are made in relation to online and remote learning, (3) there are some indications that certain populations of students may struggle more in an online context, and (4) research that does not assume a direct relationship between mental health and online provides the best insight into both confounding factors and possible strategies to address mental health concerns. Our review shows that 75.5% of published research on this topic either commits the correlation does not equal causation error or asserts a causal relationship even when it fails to establish correlations. Based on this study, we suggest that researchers, policymakers, practitioners, and administrators exercise extreme caution around making generalizable assertions with respect to the impacts of online/remote learning and mental health. We encourage further research to better understand effects on specific learner sub-populations and on course—and institution—level strategies to support mental health.

Michael, you have 20 more citations

Filed under: virtual school — Michael K. Barbour @ 6:02 am
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An item from one of my open scholarship networks.

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September 29, 2022

Michael, You Have A New Citation

Filed under: virtual school — Michael K. Barbour @ 10:08 am
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The first of two other items from one of my open scholarship networks.

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Michael, we found more citations of your work last week
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The actual citation, which may be of interest, was:

  • September 2022
  • Frontiers in Education 7:965659
  • DOI: 10.3389/feduc.2022.965659
  • License CC BY 4.0
  • Agata Guskaroska
  • Emily Dux Speltz
  • Zoë Zawadzki
  • Şebnem Kurt

Abstract – The COVID-19 pandemic forced most educational institutions in the US to quickly transfer to emergency remote teaching, finding many instructors and students unprepared. This study explored university students’ perspectives in a composition course during the emergency period and proposes guidance on designing a “student-friendly” online learning environment. This study examines the students’ concerns about and challenges with emergency remote teaching, the course’s benefits during the online learning period, and students’ recommendations for improvement. The research was conducted in seven sections of a multimodal composition course at a large, Midwestern university. Participants responded to a virtual discussion board at the beginning of online instruction and a survey after online instruction. Qualitative analysis of responses—guided by the Community of Inquiry (CoI) framework—showed that the participants expressed challenges with staying motivated, completing coursework, and feeling socially disconnected from instructors and classmates. Benefits expressed by the participants included increased flexibility in their schedules, improved time management skills, and increased virtual communication with instructors. This study highlights suggestions that can guide the design of composition courses and pedagogical practices for emergency remote teaching in the future.

Michael, You Have A New Citation

Filed under: virtual school — Michael K. Barbour @ 9:03 am
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The first of two other items from one of my open scholarship networks.

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Michael, we found more citations of your work last week
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The actual citation, which may be of interest, was:

  • September 2022
  • DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.14587.80166
  • Nina Bergdahl
  • Lauri Hietajärvi

Preprints and early-stage research may not have been peer reviewed yet.

Description – A growing interest has been directed toward including a fourth dimension in the engagement construct: the social dimension. The aim of this study is twofold: first, to explore how teachers talk about the social dimension of student engagement in online learning, and second, to explore the possibilities of using computational methods for interview data analysis. A longitudinal intervention (interview-diary-interview) was conducted with teachers (n=24) who actively teach online classes in hybrid, remote, and distance modes of delivery. Natural language processing methods, more specifically topic modelling, were used to extract and analyse topics discussed in the data. Analysis of topic overlap and distinctions were made. Key results reveal that co-creation and shared cognition are core concepts when teachers talk about social engagement. However, results also show that individual engagement is critical for social engagement, but teacher-student interaction can potentially be viewed as a separate component. Interestingly, the teachers’ talk reflected phases in learning such as process and product-based focuses as the intervention continued. Following the results, we suggest that computational methods can be combined with traditional (human) analysis to contribute to a richer and more nuanced understanding of abstract topics. Understanding social engagement may inform theory development and is vital for researchers, practitioners, and decision-makers.

Article Notice – The Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Education System in Developing Countries: A Review

Filed under: virtual school — Michael K. Barbour @ 7:04 am
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The second of two articles that scrolled through across my electronic desk last week.

  • October 2020
  • Open Journal of Social Sciences 08(10)
  • DOI: 10.4236/jss.2020.810011
  • License CC BY 4.0
  • Seble Tadesse Mekonnen
  • Worku Muluye

Abstract – Coronavirus affects the education system in the world. Schools, colleges, and universities are closed to control the spread of the coronavirus. School closure brings difficulties for students, teachers, and parents. So, distance learning is a solution to continue the education system. However, the lack of network infrastructures, computers, and internet access is challenging distance learning in developing countries. This paper aims to review the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the education system in developing countries. Hence, countries design a strategy to use educational technology, zero-fee internet educational resources, free online learning resources, and broadcasts teaching. During closures, educational institutions design curriculum, prepare teaching-learning strategies for post-coronavirus. The educational institutions design strategies to recover lost learning, and return students to school when schools reopen. Coronavirus has been impacting the face-to-face education system of developing countries. Therefore, developing countries should enhance broadcast teaching, online teaching, and virtual class infrastructures. Keywords Coronavirus, Developing Country, Distance Learning, Education System, Impacts of COVID-19

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