Shazad Hussain ’21 discovers supportive e-learning environment
The decision to take online classes was easy for Shazad Hussain ’21. âI knew my semester was going to be extremely busy. It was going to be difficult to juggle face-to-face classes, my job and an internship, âsays Hussain, who has taken a total of four online courses at John Jay. âTaking online courses has allowed me to balance all my responsibilities and give them an equal effort. For students entering distance education for the first time this week, Hussain is confident they will adapt easily and quickly. âThe transition to distance education will require some adjustments, but students will find that taking courses online is not at all difficult. There is an abundance of resources available to us, and the support from faculty, counselors and the rest of the John Jay community is immense.
âThe transition to distance education will require some adjustments, but students will find that taking courses online is not at all difficult. There is an abundance of resources available to us, and the support from faculty, counselors and the rest of the John Jay community is immense. –Shazad Hussein
Access faculty support
When Hussain was going through a difficult time and struggled to concentrate on his studies, he contacted one of his teachers online. âI didn’t meet the deadlines and was overwhelmed with the amount of work I had to catch up with. I decided to contact my teacher and explain the situation. In fact, I was surprised at how understanding he was, âsays Hussain. The professor’s quick and empathetic response reassured Hussain that he was not going through his lessons alone; his teacher was there to support him. âIt became very clear to me that the teachers were always there to help. They were very responsive to all the emails I sent. They were willing to make appointments and even phone calls to help me with any difficulties I encountered. It is extremely easy to communicate with them digitally, âexplains Hussain, who cites the help of his teachers as one of the keys to success in his lessons. âIf my teacher was so understanding of my minor situation, I am confident that, given our current climate, our teachers will now enjoy increased flexibility and support. “
âJust because classes are online now doesn’t mean you lose the feeling of being in class. Online forums create a community. –Shazad Hussein
Communicate with peers
Feedback and interaction with classmates also play a key role in student success with online courses. And although the transition to distance learning raised some concerns about feelings of isolation, Hussain appreciated the online community he had with his classmates. âJust because classes are online now doesn’t mean you lose the feeling of being in the classroom,â he says, indicating that discussion forums are a great way to start and keep conversations going. âOnline forums create community. And while we didn’t have a face-to-face engagement, my classmates and I communicated directly through these forums. We had the opportunity to comment on each other’s work, provide feedback and bring the class jokes to an online platform. Hussain also notes that students can use other technologies such as Zoom and even FaceTime to maintain contact with their peers. âSo if you have a question or if you are confused about anything, just ask. We are all in the same boat and I know we will continue to support each other. “