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On-Demand Webinar: How can educators nurture original and independent learners while staying sane themselves?

We all have gone through tremendous changes during the last two years, not only in education, but also in our lives. These changes increased stress and insecurities, they diminished self-confidence and increased loneliness.

In a study conducted with 5,000 people in the US, staggering 26% of the people reported symptoms of trauma or stress-related disorders, and 30% reported symptoms of anxiety or depression. 11% reported that they even considered even suicide during the prior days of the pandemic.

Over the last 2 years, it seems that digital tools have grown more important than real-life social interactions. Social distancing has also led to increased social anxiety: more and more people have difficulties being exposed to others for a longer time, while others find it difficult to be alone with themselves.

In this environment, how can we find ‘ourselves’ again, as teachers and students? How can teachers continue to support students in their journey to become independent and confident learners – whilst ensuring their own sanity?

To learn more about the topic from student’s, educator’s and counsellor’s point of view, watch the on-demand version of this online panel discussion now.

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Summary of the discussion and timestamps

Introduction [0:00-02:42]
The impact of the ad hoc digitization of learning environment on mental health

Section 1 [02:42-11:30] 
The impact of the ad hoc digitization of learning environment on mental health 

  • How did people really feel during the last 2 years?
  • Was it easy to adapt to the changes, and have the digital settings impacted mental health?
  • How can educators notice and respond best to students facing difficulties?

Section 2 [11:3-15:57]
Ways to cope with the increased mental challenges and the increase of cheating attempts

  • In these times of increased stress, pressure and anxiety, has the perception of ‘cheating’ or ‘taking a short-cut’ changed during the times of intense remote learning and online teaching?
  • Was an increase in more cheating attempts noticeable?

Section 3 [15:58-24:47]
New challenges to mental health even after returning to the traditional classroom

  • Cheating can be probably seen as a one particular symptom of increased pressure of students. Are there other ‘new’ challenges to mental health in education nowadays – even after returning to the traditional classroom?
  • What is recommended to both educators and students to tackle these challenges?

Section 4 [24:48-36:11]
The psychology of cheating from both students’ and educators’ perspective

  • When we discuss the ‘psychology of cheating’, what exactly happens if a student decides to cheat – before, during, and after the cheating?
  • How do educators feel that discover cheating attempts?

Section 5 [36:12-42:16]
Recipes to establish a culture for more self-confidence and trust in our own abilities

  • How do we prevent students from even considering cheating as a temporary solution to their challenges?
  • How can we strengthen both students’ and teachers’ self-confidence and trust in their own abilities?
  • Is there a recipe to nurture self-confidence in students?

Q&A [42:17-53:33]
How to keep up with the changing times and digital tools, positive effects of the changes, and advice for parents


The Panelists

Dr Zeenath Khan

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Dr Zeenath Reza Khan is the Founding President and Board Member of the Centre for Academic Integrity in the UAE, and the Assistant Professor of Cyber Ethics at Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences at the University of Wollongong in Dubai.


Joslin Gracias


Joslin Gracias works as a student counsellor at the University of Wollongong in Dubai. Post her master’s in clinical psychology, she has been working in the field of mental health for the last 10 years. 

Tisha Sajnani


Tisha is a Computer Science student at the University of Wollongong in Dubai. She is currently in her sophomore year and is a member of the Student Board at the Centre for Academic Integrity in UAE.

Verena Kunz-Gehrmann

Verena is the Chief Marketing Officer at Ouriginal. Before joining Ouriginal in 2018, she worked for various well-known IT companies in Asia and Europe.

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