Remote learning and challenges of Muslim students
Remote learning has been one of the challenges that Muslim students had to face during the spread of COVID19. In fact, a whole new mode of education was introduced to Muslim students. This created an atmosphere of worries and fear regarding its application and future usage. The sudden shift toward in learning environment presented a new challenge for Muslim students. During their engagement, Muslim students were highly affected academically and psychologically.
Here are some of the impacts:
Online learning vs. community
Remote learning’s implementation during the Pandemic has created an endless cycle of changes. One of these changes was the restriction of gathering to halt the spread of COVID19. On the other side, Muslim students faced an unprecedented challenge to attend Goma’a prayers or to gather for iftar in Ramadan. Avoidance of these types of gatherings was directly affecting their religious practices. As a result, Muslim students found themselves celebrating Eid, praying, and gathering for iftar solely.
Does remote learning mean inaccessible learning?
Remote learning pushed universities and schools to shift online and students had to accommodate stay off-campus. Muslim Students were obliged to use online tools, some for the first time. However, the unprecedented lockdown was a shock for some institutions that aren’t ready. Those with no prior implementation of remote learning struggled to adapt compared to those who had one. Similarly, Muslim students coming from a lower-status background couldn’t afford to have a laptop or wifi. Thus, they were unable to have adequate access affected their academic performance.
Decrease in Discrimination
During the pandemic, in-person interactions were restricted, whereas more dependence was placed on Remote Learning. As a result, discrimination toward Muslim students was decreased. Wearing Hijabor/and Niquabhave no longer getting public anxieties. The banning of physical interactions on campus has definitely halted the daily radical accusations. This eventually will affect positively Muslim students, especially their academic performance, as well as, their psychological and mental ones. Having a peaceful and stable environment is a must for Muslim students to achieve their academic goals. Although this counts as a hopeful step, there no clear-cut evidence of having future improvements.
New Career ideas with remote learning
The epidemic placed great importance on remote learning, as well as, remote careers. The traditional careers became unstable, compared to the effective modern ones. Among these popular modern careers are STEM, graphic design, writing and editing, social media moderation, etc. Many Muslim students sought social media outlets to work and gain income. Some Muslim entrepreneurs were gaining fame
and importance on social media due to their uniqueness. Among these new pages were encouraging to stay home, build close-knit with family, take care of personal hygiene, etc.
(Written by Yara Lotfy)