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How a Student Benefited from Yellowdig during COVID-19

Updated: Mar 2, 2022

In the wake of COVID-19, higher education must look to the future and ensure that students are receiving a college education that reflects their needs—especially in online learning environments where students often cite a lack of interaction with their peers.

A Student's Perspective

Difficulties during the pandemic

Christina Falletta, a sophomore elementary education major at the University of Tampa, was one of the many college students affected by the pandemic. In a recent webinar, she talks about her experience with attending college during COVID-19 and online learning using Yellowdig.

“The transition into college was difficult for obvious reasons, like being away from my family and finding my way around a new campus. However, it was even more challenging to make the transition into college during a worldwide pandemic.”

Making the jump from high school to college is a big step for many, but with COVID-19 certainly made things more complicated.

“It was challenging to provide and receive input from others while still staying safe. The lack of collaboration in classrooms last year (in 2020) made it really hard for me personally to learn.”

COVID-19 showed us that higher education was not fully ready for online or hybrid/blended courses because students found it difficult to learn and connect with their peers over the internet. It’s clear that video conference calls aren’t enough to receive a quality education especially when compared to students attending in-person classes. Students need social presence to get the most out of their time in college.

Social Presence is a key factor in a student's educational experience.