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How Do We Improve the Virtual Classroom?

By UC San Diego News Center

June 14, 2021

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Researchers in the University of California, San Diego Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) and Carnegie Mellon University investigated virtual learning's shortcomings and proposed approaches for improving the experience.

The researchers found that faculty members' chief complaint is that many students never activate their cameras; student surveys, meanwhile, found widespread learner resistance to turning cameras on.

Students overwhelmingly favor chat functions, which increase the likelihood of participation, so the authors propose adding text-based chat to promote engagement and community.

CSE’s Nadir Weibel anticipates in the future, “Some classes will be back in person. Some will be only online, and some will be hybrid, but I think online learning is probably here to stay.”

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