Make Online Students Switch on Cameras
A new study done by Cornell University has shown that many students were reluctant to switch on their cameras during online classes due to concern about their appearance and lack of privacy in their home environment. A survey of 312 students showed that 41% were worried about their appearance and some had concerns about their physical location being visible to others. Establishing camera use as the norm, use of active learning techniques, and ice breakers, such as beginning each class with a show-and-tell, are techniques that could boost learner participation with camera on. Active learning plays an important role in online learning environments and students may feel comfortable turning on their cameras in breakout rooms. Instructors should address potential distractions, give breaks to help maintain attention, and poll their students about other potential barriers to camera use or participation.