What Happens When the Masks Come Off? Moving Forward, What Tools and Practices Should Stay with Us from Remote Learning?
Concurrent Session 3
Throughout the pandemic, educators have had to rely on remote learning and online tools. As COVID-19 cases decrease and students return to campuses, what online tools and practices should stay with us? What has been discovered that will support student learning as we go forward?
Throughout the pandemic, educators have had to rely on remote learning and online tools. As COVID-10 cases decrease and students return to campuses, what online tools and practices should stay with us? What has been discovered that will support student learning as we go forward? “Many of the technologies that helped us simply survive and sustain classroom continuity will become permanently embedded in our educational methods and play a pivotal role in the refinement of practices consistent with an ongoing shift to more student-centered learning” (Curtin, 2021, para. 3). This is relevant and important to current educators and their students.
“The post-COVID-19 period will be the time for higher education to build or reposition online learning to serve students better” (Nworie, 2021, para. 19). This presentation will include five approaches to learning that have thrived in the pandemic and highlight at least one tool or technology that should remain a part of instruction or instructional delivery from each category below as Education moves forward with teaching and learning.
The categories include:
Design recommendations to meet learner needs
Use of OER
After highlighting the selected tools, attendees will be able to select one of five breakout rooms in order to further discuss one of the five categories with a presenter from our team who will moderate that specific discussion. Additionally, attendees will be able to share tools and technologies they believe to be useful in post-pandemic instruction to a shared Google Doc, adding to the initially presented materials. This Google Doc is made available to all attendees.
Post-pandemic instruction offers challenges and possibilities for educators and students. As educators, it is critical that consideration be given to what worked and what did not work with online instruction and delivery. Those who will make a difference in the future are reflecting on this now. “They are rethinking their practice and reimagining learning experiences—stitching together inclusive elements of remote learning with the social benefits of being on campus and adding the immersive value of being in class” (Educause Publications, 2021, para. 13). This presentation offers a way for those who participate to begin reflecting and acting on what stays, what changes, and certainly, what improves with their instruction and their students’ learning in post-pandemic times.
Curtin, R. (2021). Reimagining higher education: The post-covid classroom. Educause, Teaching & Learning. https://er.educause.edu/articles/2021/4/reimagining-higher-education-the-post-covid-classroom
Educause Publications. (2021). 2021 EDUCause horizon report: Teaching and learning edition. https://library.educause.edu/resources/2021/4/2021-educause-horizon-report-teaching-and-learning-edition
Nworie, J. (.2021) Beyond COVID-19: What’s next for online teaching and learning in higher education? Educause, Teaching & Learning. https://er.educause.edu/articles/2021/5/beyond-covid-19-whats-next-for-online-teaching-and-learning-in-higher-education