Depression and Online Learning [...]

Because of the cognitive impacts of depression and lack of energy, it is important that courses are designed with essential elements clearly identified with minimal redirection or navigation. Care should be taken to emphasize clarity and readability. Courses that show potential schedules for review of content and assignment completion are useful especially when depression impacts students’ ability to organize themselves. Mental health supports available to students should be clearly advertised and accessed through each course’s main page. It was evident from my study’s participants that fatigue and the cognitive impacts of depression made searching school websites for support very difficult...Whether courses being offered synchronously or asynchronously, it is important that students have the ability to connect with other students about the experience of being a student, for example, discussing assignments and sharing struggles. In addition, if mental health services are available to students, teachers can normalize the use of these services by talking about them openly and deliberately. (Source)

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