Online Education Struggles & Changes
July 1st, 2021 | 10:00am PST
This brought challenges that halted a lot of our plans when it comes to education. There was so
much information surfacing how schools were desperately trying to keep up with students that
were struggling with their classes or were--flat out--dropping out because of the switch to
distance learning. There were reports of educators tracking down students on social media,
knocking on doors, relaxing graduation requirements, and some schools had to hire extra staff
to spend additional time with students to keep them up to date on assignments.
(Just check out this story: https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/06/us/covid-pandemic-high-school-
Online education became necessary with the state of the world and not just with CDC
recommendations, but state regulations, schools--flat out--didn't have a choice.
While this information isn’t encouraging, it’s important to look at it as an opportunity at a
global level for online education organizations to improve the way things are done to ensure
that students receive the tools and resources, accountability, and accessibility that is needed to
keep up with their education plan.
The dropout rates don’t lie. Something is wrong with online education and many schools are
revising their programs and courses to reflect the changes that need to be made to ensure their
For example, our team here at EMERGE saw an opportunity to create more accountability for
students by incorporating one on one time with the students and the instructor within their
courses. Blocking out this extra time within the course curriculum gives the student attention
and helps them feel like their work is being seen and cared for.
Another example, is that we--like many online learning organizations--have sent out surveys to
gather and assess our students’ struggles. It was necessary for us to switch to a new learning
platform that allowed us to create a better experience for our students. While these switches
and changes aren’t easy for online schools, it is more beneficial to make these types of large
changes for online schools to help alleviate high dropout rates.
As online education grows and becomes more part of our future, we are excited to see how
things become better for online students and for online education as a whole. Were you a
student who’s education was greatly affected by the pandemic? We would love to hear some of
your struggles or suggestions in the comments on how you think your school could have
improved your experience. Share with us in the comments section!