19 May Invited OLC blog post by Tanya Joosten | #remotelearning: Understanding the Current Environment and Moving Forward Effectively
"This is the first in a short series focused on topics addressing key issues for transitioning from emergency remote teaching to continuing to respond to the COVID-19 crisis while providing high-quality online learning. There are many challenges – and opportunities – that have resulted from the events of recent weeks. We’ll be covering a few of those here, and invite you to join in the conversation.
Postsecondary education just moved everything online in a very short amount of time and rarely used research driven effective practices in that move. Faculty and instructors were led by the urgent need to figure out a solution to not being able to meet face-to-face, a desire and comfort to easily replicate their face-to-face instruction in the online environment, and the ease of use and access to synchronous or real time video web tools, such as Zoom. Rightly so. Instead of going to a classroom for an hour, three times a week, or going to a classroom for three hours once a week, faculty and their students clicked on a link and – presto. They were all together, virtually, in real-time. Problem solved.
Yet, there are decades of research and practice that illustrate failures of this approach to teaching at a distance or remote..."