FESA Facilitator Story: Suman Baskota

When I got a call from the office about having to do a one-on-one online session due to the crisis caused by the pandemic, I became extremely nervous as it was a new practice for me as well as for people participating in this course. In order to overcome those nerves, I decided to do a practice testing session before going live. For this practice session, I asked my wife for help in order to check my audio level, how clear I can be heard, video quality, how the participants will see the information, and began to learn about the different features. Then, I set the stage; from framing the camera so that my face can be seen clearly to making sure any background noises do not get distracting for

Zoom Fatigue is Real. Here are some things that can help.

Now that the novelty of video chatting with our friends, family, and colleagues has worn off, it's become exhausting to wade through the nuances of online communication. But why are video calls more exhausting than talking in-person? Researchers have stated that being on video calls requires more focus than communicating face-to-face since we have to work harder to pick up on non-verbal cues, like body language and tone. Our mind has to constantly be alert and fill in the missing gaps of information to help us communicate effectively. Instead of falling into the natural rhythms of conversation, you have to work through technical delays and misconstrued silences, the awareness of constantly b

Canadian authors and books for International Literacy Day

September 8th is International Literacy Day. Started in 1966 by UNESCO, International Literacy Day is a reminder of the importance of literacy for individuals, communities, and societies, as well as the need for intensified efforts towards more literate societies. Facts about literacy in 2020: 773 million adults and young people lack basic literacy skills; 617 million children and adolescents are not achieving minimum proficiency levels in reading and mathematics; During the initial phase of the pandemic, schools were closed disrupting the education of 62.3 per cent of the world’s student population of 1.09 billion; Adult literacy and education were absent in initial education response plans

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