The “slowed down” life of Quarantine found an opposite path when it comes to the distance learning (EAD). In online classes, videos recorded by teachers have been consumed at faster speed by students. According to students, the tendency to attend classes in an accelerated mode has arrived to make life easier, save time and leave everything less monotonous in a time when time seems not to pass.
Kaio Ayres Neri, 27, for example, uses the technique to keep up with all classes – he is studying Biomedicine and Systems Development at the same time and no longer follows any task of the two faculties without increasing speed. “It’s more a matter of focusing on myself, I feel like I can focus more. Sometimes the teacher’s way of speaking is a little slow and it’s easy to lose your attention ”, he says.
The trend may even bring facilities to some, says Professor Marlene Isepi, director of the School of Application at the Faculty of Education of USP. This is because each student has his own learning pace. “The class is one of the steps that contribute to the students’ learning process. It may be that some students find it easier to learn, while others have to attend this class more than once, even at normal speed. ”
For Patrícia Blanco, president of Instituto Palavra Aberta, the acceleration of videos may be a symptom of the lack of adaptation from the physical world to the online world, with the absence of dynamism. The simple transposition of an expository class to the screens can cause fatigue and affect the students’ mood, she says. “From one hour to the next everything started to be mediated by a screen and the students are exhausted of it”, explains Patrícia. “It is something that generates anxiety with the amount of information and the need to stay connected all the time.”
This is what happens with Psychology student Carolina Canellas. Locked at home, she tries to deal with anxiety in the middle of the quarantine routine and academic commitments. “I am very anxious to finish things soon, so I advance my classes to finish quickly. I started accelerating the video by 1.25x, now there is a class that I watch even in 2x ”. Accelerating “2x” means cutting time in half, with a one-hour lesson lasting just 30 minutes. Already “at 1.25x”, it lasts 48 minutes.
For specialists, it is not yet possible to hit the hammer whether this consumption is right or wrong. “We are experiencing an unprecedented situation and we cannot use an old ruler to solve a new problem. There are several ways to teach and learn and the intelligences are multiple ”, explains Francisco Tupy, professor and researcher in educational communication.
Neuroscience experts also reinforce the point that the method can work, but each case is different. “Biologically, our brain is more prone to distraction than concentration,” says Rodrigo Martins, a psychiatrist at USP’s Hospital das Clínicas (HC-USP). “Speeding up class may be interesting for a more discerning student, but it certainly does not apply to everyone – and it can even be harmful,” he says.
Paulo Vitor Farias, 20, agrees. The Chemical Engineering student already tried to follow his colleagues and speed up the classes he had on video in college, but he understood that it was not the best option. “I’ve tried with several subjects and I have difficulty”, he says, who decided to watch everything at the right time – in “1x”, as they say. “I don’t think it’s normal for people to have to accelerate. As we get used to attending more classes at increased speed, the more the feeling that it is possible to accelerate more and handle more content increases. It can be bad in the long run, ”he says.
* Trainee, under the supervision of editor Bruno Capelas