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How we can easily come to grips with online learning

The pandemic is changing how we all learn - but we can prepare now for what's to come, write Dr Alison Hood and Dr Brian McKenzie

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'Expect a learning curve in terms of the technology that you will be required to use. It's likely that you'll have to access and submit assignments online, and take exams and quizzes online'

'Expect a learning curve in terms of the technology that you will be required to use. It's likely that you'll have to access and submit assignments online, and take exams and quizzes online'

Maynooth University's Dr Alison Hood

Maynooth University's Dr Alison Hood

Brian McKenzie

Brian McKenzie

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'Expect a learning curve in terms of the technology that you will be required to use. It's likely that you'll have to access and submit assignments online, and take exams and quizzes online'

What to expect: We're in a pandemic. Expect the unexpected and approach your new experience as a third-level student day by day.

Depending on your institution, you can expect to be in-class some days and studying from home or your accommodation on other days - at least initially. Expect a learning curve in terms of the technology that you will be required to use. It's likely that you'll have to access and submit assignments online, and take exams and quizzes online. You will have to learn how to navigate Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs), manage multiple logins, and figure out how to use a library remotely.

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