HOW TECHNOLOGY CAN HELP CONNECT OFF-CAMPUS STUDENTS
Being on-campus definitely has an advantage when it comes to being connected with resources: most universities provide free wi-fi, libraries have a huge array of online journals and primary resources, and the university IT team is there to help. But, as an off-campus or online student, sometimes there are issues connecting to university resources.
Students who live on-campus have a community built in—only students live in the dorms, there are many on-campus parties and activities, and clubs typically meet on campus. Sometimes, off-campus students can feel left out and not a real part of the university community. But, there are many technological ways to build community with off-campus and online students.
When living on-campus, it’s easy to take a half hour and go visit a professor during office hours for extra help or meet with other on-campus students for group projects. However, off-campus students and online students don’t have that opportunity. Having a way to connect with classmates, TAs, and professors online allow these students to still get the help and support they need.
Credits: the Tech Edvocate