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Remote Learning Toolkit to Quickly Transition Your Course Online

Updated: Mar 31

Introduction

The following post is a collection of quick fixes from experts in the field to transition your course online as reported in recent articles. I am providing a quick visual summary of the main tips that are offered in those articles. Even though I added my flavor to the content below, I am providing you with links to the original articles if you wish to dig deeper into each of them.


Online Learning vs Remote Learning

Dr. Sasha Thackaberry, Vice President for Digital and Continuing Education at Louisiana State University, in her article titled "Remote in a Time of Pandemic: Six Considerations As We Adapt to COVID-19" and published on March 20, 2020 in The Evolllution discusses the difference between Digital Learning and Remote learning. The diagram below provides a comparison between the planned Online Learning and the ad-hoc Remote learning we are forced into due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Remote Learning – Steps to Get Started

The University of Memphis published a guide with a set of resources for teachers to go online titled "Going Online: Steps to Get Started". The guide provides four steps to get started in transitioning your course online. The diagram below provides a summary of the steps.


Be Flexible and Forgiving of Yourself and Your Learners

Emily Tate, a K-12 reporter at EdSurge who writes about the role and influence of technology in education, in her article titled "With Weeks of E-learning Ahead, Be Flexible and Forget Perfection" and published on March 19, 2020 in EdSurge as part of the guide Navigating Uncertain Times: How Schools Can Cope With Coronavirus. The diagram below summarizes the four steps suggested by Emily in that article.


Remote Learning Toolkit

The Association of College and University Educators published recently an Online Teaching Toolkit to support instructors needing to make a quick transition to utilizing an online environment. The diagram below provides a summary of the six key topic areas for teaching remotely presented in that toolkit.


Accessibility, Assessment, and Staying Positive

Dian Schaffhauser, a freelance writer with a focus on the use of technology in higher education and K-12, project management, and business transformation, in her three part article series, namely

and published on March 18, 2020, March 19, 2020, and March 20, 2020 respectively in the Campus Technology, she presents education experts’ advice on how to make the transition to online instruction as COVID-19 changes life as we knew it.


Dian addresses with the experts accessibility issues and they offer advice to educators and administrators. The diagram below presents a summary of the issues including accommodation, alternative access plans, as well as ways to reach out and connect to learners.


A summary of the recommendations regarding assessments is provided in the diagram below.


In the rush to transition to online instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are feeling anxiety, facing technical issues, have concern for students and more. The diagram below is a summary of the advice given by the experts and reported by Dian on the best way to stay positive and support faculty.


Students’ Social-Emotional Needs While Teaching Remotely

Jon Harper and Mandy Froehlich with Phyllis Fagell and Joe Maza address the question "Is it possible to meet the social-emotional needs of students while teaching online?" Tune in for a candid look at what we can do, what we can’t do, and what we should do to help students through this emotional period. They bring to us 12 ways we can meet students’ social-emotional needs while teaching remotely.


Conclusion

In the end, I would say it is important that we are open to new and innovative ideas, remember that it is a process of continuous improvement, be realistic and do not expect to be perfect, listen to students and other stakeholders, and collaborate with peers.

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