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Assessment in Open, Distance, and e-Learning: Lessons from Practice

Assessment in Open, Distance, and e-Learning:    
Lessons from Practice

Universities across the globe are attempting to change assessment practices to address challenges in student engagement and achievement and to respond to a global employability agenda demanding evidence of a broader range of skills and competencies. In the UK this has acquired urgency given the shift of higher education over the last 20 years from the prerogative of an elite minority to mass participation in a highly diversified market system. Integral to this interrogation of objectives for assessment is the identified need to develop and improve academics’ assessment practice. Strategies frequently focus on attendance at formal Continuous Professional Development events and/or implementation of institutional blueprints.

This book showcases how scholarship as part of academics’ practice can be part of an academic toolkit for change that expands awareness and knowledge of the purposes and effects of the pedagogy of assessment. The case studies – ranging from assessment in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), to assessment design for students whose first language is not English, to the effectiveness of peer learning to support academic integrity and programme-level assessment strategies – are framed by an introduction that explores a ‘communities of practice’ approach to the institution-wide improvement of assessment. 


SIMIODE Online Digital Textbook - Differential Equations: A Toolbox for Modeling the World

Differential Equations:
A Toolbox for Modeling the World

Our new SIMIODE digital textbook is authored by the distinguished teacher and writer, Dr. Kurt Bryan, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute IN USA.

This text is designed for a first-course in differential equations for undergraduate mathematics, engineering, and science majors, and is suitable as a stand-alone textbook. It is a first of a kind text using a modeling first and throughout approach to motivate and teach differential equations...

Differential Equations:  A Toolbox for Modeling the World puts applications and modeling front and center in an introduction to ordinary differential equations. In taking this approach we do not skimp on or skip over the mathematics, but use applications to motivate both subject and technique. The mathematics presented is interwoven with modeling to drive both the mathematics and understanding of the application under study and to make the case that differential equations provide a powerful, indispensable toolbox for describing the world. 

Here we offer a copy of the Table of Contents and Chapter 1


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Universities grant administrators’ post-Covid home-working wish | Academic life - Times Higher Education

Anna McKie, reporter observes, Surveys reveal widespread support among professional staff for working remotely at least some of the time.

Many universities plan to allow professional staff to work from home at least some of the time post-pandemic, as surveys reveal widespread support for the move.

In the UK, leading institutions such as Durham, Edinburgh and Liverpool universities said that they planned to offer administrators hybrid working in the next academic year, meaning that they would work part of the time on campus and part remotely.

The responses – echoed on campuses around the world – suggest that the rapid switch to home-working during Covid-19 will have a long-lasting impact...

The University of Southampton said staff surveys showed a preference for hybrid working and “[we] expect this to become our normal way of working ahead”. The University of Warwick said it was developing approaches to “flexible and sustainable” ways of working...

Ruth Levin, senior national education officer at Unison, the trade union that represents UK universities’ professional staff, said that it was important that employers engaged with staff on how to introduce more flexible working.


Source: Times Higher Education

Beginners Guide To Linear Regression In Python | Developers Corner - Analytics India Magazine

Machine Learning is the scientific process of developing an algorithm that learns the pattern from training data and performs inferences on test data, explains Rajkumar Lakshmanamoorthy, A geek in Machine Learning with a Master's degree in Engineering.

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If a machine learning process is meant to predict some output value, it is called supervised learning. On the other hand, if there is no output value prediction, it is called unsupervised learning

Training data in supervised learning contains a set of features and a target. The machine learning algorithm learns from the features to map corresponding targets. Test data contains only features so that the model should predict the targets. Features and targets are also called independent variables and dependent variables, respectively. Training data in unsupervised learning contains only features but not any target. Rather than mapping features and targets as in supervised learning, an unsupervised learning model performs clustering (grouping) the input data based on the patterns among them.

Supervised learning is classified into two categories: 

  1. Regression 
  2. Classification

Supervised learning is called regression if the dependent variable (aka target) is continuous. Supervised learning is called classification if the dependent variable is discrete. In other words, a regression model outputs a numerical value (a real floating value), but a classification model outputs a class (among two or more classes).

In this article, we discuss linear regression and its implementation with python codes. Regression analysis can be specifically termed linear regression if the dependent variable (target) has a linear relationship with the independent variables (features)...

Wrapping Up

In this article, we have discussed machine learning, its classification, and categorization of supervised learning based on the nature of dependent variables. Further, we explored simple linear regression and multiple linear regression with examples using the SciKit-Learn library. We performed the same task with the statsmodels library and obtained the same results.


Source: Analytics India Magazine

31 New Skills You Can Learn on LinkedIn Learning This Week | New courses - LinkedIn Learning Blog

Rachel Parnes, Senior Marketing Manager at LinkedIn suggest Each week presents an opportunity to learn new skills to help us navigate this unique moment in our lives and careers.

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At LinkedIn Learning, we want to provide the online learning courses you need to learn those skills. Each week we add to our 16,000+ course library. This past week we added 31 courses. What can you expect from the new additions? 

Whether you’re learning to improve your persuasion strategies or honing your Python skills, we’ve got you covered on those topics and more. Check out one of the 34 new courses this week. 

 Looking for resources to help you get your next job? We can help with that too. Find courses that map to the top in-demand jobs, free until December 31, 2021, at opportunity.Linkedin.com.   

The new courses now available on LinkedIn Learning are:

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Source: LinkedIn Learning Blog

Computation and algorithms - Faculty of Science | Mathematics and statistics - The University of Sydney

Overcome obstacles for efficient, secure and scalable computation by Faculty of Science.

We build a mathematically sound foundation for the design of modern computational thinking and develop analytic frameworks for their correctness, performance, reliability and security.

The prevailing trend in mathematical research towards algorithmic and constructive processes is one of long-term importance.

Members of the Computation and Algorithms group investigate mathematical underpinnings of computing, with the goal of designing algorithms and computational approaches to problems in engineering, the social and natural sciences, medicine and healthcare...

The Computation and Algorithms group benefits from a unique environment where all branches of Mathematics and Statistics come together.

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Source: The University of Sydney

Professor co-edits book on the seasons' effect on philosophy, environment | Academics - Penn State News

Penn State Brandywine Associate Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies David Macauley recently co-edited a book titled "The Seasons: Philosophical, Environmental, and Literary Perspectives," with State University of New York Press.

The cover to the book "The Seasons: Philosophical, Environmental, and Literary Perspectives."
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According to the publisher, the work is a first-of-its-kind collection of pioneering essays that demonstrate the significance of the seasons for philosophy, environmental thought, anthropology, cultural studies, aesthetics, poetics and literary criticism. Although the seasons have been a perennial theme in literature and art, their significance for philosophy and environmental theory has remained largely unexplored. "The Seasons" opens up new avenues for research in these fields and provides a valuable resource for teachers and students of the environmental humanities. The essays in the collection address a wide range of seasonal cultures and geographies, from the traditional Western model of the four seasons — spring, summer, fall and winter — to the Indigenous seasons of Australia and the Arctic. Exemplifying the crucial importance of interdisciplinary research, "The Seasons" makes a compelling case for the relevance of the seasons to our daily lives, scientific understanding, diverse cultural practices and politics...

Gerard Kuperus, who teaches philosophy at the University of San Francisco, has observed of the book: “In a time of climate change, lack of awareness of weather patterns, and technological climate control in our homes and workplaces, this is an incredibly timely work. The collection of essays is original, valuable, and beautifully written. Not only did I enjoy reading them, I learned a lot along the way.”

This title will be released on July 1, 2021. 

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Source: Penn State News

Book on “Research and Publication Ethics” released by Punjabi University VC | Education - Royal Patiala

With the vision to sensitise the researchers and make them realise the importance of Research and Publication Ethics, Prof G.S.Batra, School of Management Studies and Prof. Vishal Goyal, Department of Computer Science of Punjabi University Patiala has edited this book which has been released formally by Prof. Arvind, Vice Chancellor Punjabi University Patiala.

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Eleven authors working in various institutions in Punjab have contributed book chapters such as Philosophy and Ethics, Scientific Conduct, Publication Ethics, Open Access Publishing, Online Databases for Research, Citation and Indexing and Research Metrics. This book has been foreword by Dr Amarendra Pani, Joint Director & Director Incharge, Research Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi and Prof. P.V.G.D. Prasad Reddy, Vice Chancellor, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam...

Various types of research metrics like H-Index, i10 index, G-index, Citation analysis, Journal Level metrics like Impact Factor(IF), SC Imago Journal Rank, Cite Score, SNIP etc are also included in this book.  This book is  a unique platform that will be highly beneficial for young researchers in learning important concepts required for pursuing their research. 

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Source: Royal Patiala

Add to your summer reading list with insight from new ASU professor | Creativity - ASU News

Editor’s note: The following has been edited for length and clarity.

Brandi Adams, assistant professor will bring her expertise on the history of books, reading to ASU this fall by Emma Greguska, Reporter, ASU News.

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Every bookworm in Phoenix knows that one of the best ways to ride out triple-digit temperatures is to chill out indoors with a good summer read. And for one of Arizona State University's newest faculty members, Assistant Professor Brandi Adams, reading is always top of mind.

Adams is one of a cluster hire of faculty who will work both under the Department of English and the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Her many scholarly interests include book history, the history of reading and the early history of artificial intelligence, early modern automata and how studying literature can have an impact on computing...

This fall, Adams will be teaching an introductory course on literary criticism. But while the mercury is still rising, ASU Now sat down with her to learn more about what it means to study the history of books and reading, and also get some stellar summer reading list recommendations.

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Source: ASU News 

Secured remote learning | E-learning - Education Technology

Before March 2020, home schooling was not very common – but by now the majority of UK pupils have experienced some sort of home learning and all the challenges it brings by Education Technology Staff

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We’ve welcomed the return of the physical classroom, but digitisation and computer-based learning has demonstrated some advantages and efficiencies that means that digital and remote learning is here to stay.

This creates an unequal situation between students who have the tools to be productive when not at school and those who don’t. Digital inequality is now a critical contribution towards economic and social division. How would a student be able to participate effectively in remote learning without online access?

During the COVID-19 lockdowns, schools were required to deploy whatever technology was available without considering the wider ramifications of unfettered access to the internet by their students...


Online child abuse continues to grow at an alarming rate; the UK’s child abuse image database holds 17m unique images, and it’s growing by 500,000 every two months. Many popular sites are now encrypting their content end-to-end, meaning the situation could get significantly worse.

More than 200,000 children met up with a stranger after only meeting them online, according to the Office for National Statistics in the year ending March 2020 in England and Wales. Although the research pre-dates the COVID pandemic, researchers warned that the numbers for the year ending March 2021 are expected to be higher because children have spent much of the last year indoors.

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Source: Education Technology

ICT centre in Limpopo to assist learners with e-learning | Education - Devdiscourse

Sekhukhune TVET College, which provides holistic courses that accommodate learners despite their physical limitations, is the second campus to receive a multimedia centre by Devdiscourse News Desk.

Manamela noted that COVID-19 has forced the department to change the way they work, and also the way in which they learn and teach. Image
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A new state-of-the-art ICT centre, at the Sekhukhune TVET College in Limpopo, will assist learners with their e-learning and adapt to the needs of learners who are visually impaired.

Higher Education, Science and Innovation Deputy Minister Buti Manamela, together with the MTN Foundation have unveiled the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) centre at Sekhukhune Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College in Motetema, Limpopo...

The Deputy Minister said the pandemic had an impact on PSET and some of the things they should have learnt in that period is working towards integrating students into the PSET system so that they become part of the new normal.

"Ideally, most, if not all, students should have access to technological gadgets, laptops, computers so that learning and teaching become easier," he said, adding that technology played an important role in ensuring that the department delivered learning and teaching to students to wherever they were.


Source: Devdiscourse

Boost your skills via e-learning to enhance your career in Covid times | e-learning - Business Standard

Online courses work as well as offline ones today, for those seeking a career shift or pay hike, or for those out of jobs, as Namrata Kohli, Business Standard reports. 

If you want to make your career future proof and relevant to the times, just browse through the sea of in-demand certifications and courses at platforms. There is a near three-fold spike in the demand for business courses such as digital media management, stock trading, financial analysis and five-fold for tech courses in python, java, ethical hacking, data science, artificial intelligence, machine learning, software development, a leading platform reveals.

India has become the second largest market for e-learning, after the US. The online re-skilling and certification market is expected to reach Rs 9,381 crore by 2024, expanding at a CAGR of about 36.95 during the 2019-2024 period. People are turning to platforms for several reasons such as meaningful career transition, substantial pay hikes. While women hope to get back to work post sabbatical, out-of-job professionals seek to make their resumes attractive...

Courses on offer

Prominent platforms in this space include Coursera, Udemy, edX, upGrad, Scaler, unAcademy, TalentSprint, Google Learning, Linked in Learning, Udacity, Code Academy, and Future Learn, among many others.

These sites are essentially marketplaces for learning and connect the best of faculty with learners.

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Source: Business Standard

How Different is Digitised Learning, Really? | Education - The Wire

Pramod K. Nayar, teaches at the University of Hyderabad observes, The repute of degree and institutions are not lost because of a shift in the mode of learning-teaching mode, they are lost because of poor teaching, irrespective of the mode employed. 

Neeta Dhuri, a teacher for hearing impaired students, takes an online speech therapy session of parents and students during the COVID-19 lockdown in Mumbai.
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For over a year, the battle for effective pedagogies online has raged, and opinion remains, as expected, divided on multiple aspects, from syllabus to assessment and the exacerbated digital inequality. Worries over the collapse of the traditional classroom, the absence of classroom debates, the watered-down syllabi and mass copying have been expressed across the world by educators, administrators and students.

A year before the pandemic forced education into online modes, Forbes carried a report on studies that showed the value of online education and degrees was in fact increasing among American consumers. This may not be a spectacular exemplar for the Global South, but it definitely maps a trend in parts of the world. The option of greater flexibility (for students) of courses in online education are seen by many universities as a great step forward, said another report in Time. India, despite the digital divide, transitioned well to the online mode, said an Oxford University Press study, but it also found that ‘a large majority of students have been impacted due to a lack of devices or connectivity at home’...

We could perhaps ask how, when for many of the (privileged) everyday life itself has been mediated, in most of its experiences, through digital technology, is the online mode a distancing medium?

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Source: The Wire 

To reach global audiences, think smaller — screens, that is | General Purdue - Purdue News Service

Brian Wallheimer inform, Scientists around the world develop new technologies and information that can improve the lives of people in developing countries. Getting that knowledge into their hands, however, often proves difficult.

The majority of people in developing countries view Scientific Animations Without Borders YouTube videos via mobile devices, shifting away from desktop and laptop computers. The finding can help agencies develop approaches to better reach audiences in those countries.
Photo: provided by SAWBOOne thing communicators can do, according to research from Purdue University and Michigan State University, is focus on smaller screens...

As mobile technology becomes dominant and grows in popularity, Pittendrigh said, communicators should consider screen size, letter size and crispness of images when developing videos and animations to have the most impactful messages.

“Broadly for the development community, you’re going to have to look toward content that is applicable on cellphones since we’ve reached the tipping point at which these technologies have gone from the promise of being an important mechanism to deliver content to becoming dominant,” Pittendrigh said. “The delivery of linguistically adaptable educational videos is important for people who speak diverse languages, are low-literate learners or both. Getting access to the knowledge in such videos has the potential to improve lives, ranging from better agricultural practices to improving health.”

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Source: Purdue News Service

UGC Issues Concept Note On Blended Learning For Universities | Education - NDTV

The University Grants Commission (UGC) on May 20 released a concept note for implementation of a blended mode of learning – a mix of online and offline – in universities. 

The commission said that higher education institutes (HEIs) will be allowed to teach up to 40 per cent of each course, other than SWAYAM courses, online and the remaining 60 per cent syllabus of the course can be taught offline.

Exams for subjects taught in the blended mode can be conducted offline, the commission said.

The UGC had constituted a committee to draft a concept note on the blended mode of teaching. It has asked stakeholders to send their suggestions on or before June 6.

In March, the UGC had allowed universities and colleges to offer up to 40 per cent of the syllabus of a programme in a semester online through the e-learning platform Study Webs of Active-Learning for Young Aspiring Minds (SWAYAM).

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Source: NDTV

Who gets to be called a mathematician? | Mathematics - Medium

Why I won’t surrender my mathematical identity, writes Junaid Mubeen, Director of Education at Whizz Education in Q.E.D.

That’s not me, but I’ll take the label (source). My name is Junaid Mubeen, and I am a recovering mathematician. 

I usually pick up a few laughs — or at least a few groans — with this introduction. It is my light-hearted way of recognising that I no longer earn the stripes of a research mathematician. I am reluctant, however, to surrender the label of mathematician entirely. My mathematical training has shaped my identity and worldview. I take heart when friends and colleagues remark on my distinctly analytical mannerisms. It means they have connected with the essence of who I am and how I think.

My formal study of mathematics ceased in 2011 when I completed my doctorate. Informally, I have never stopped thinking and working through maths problems. Some are motivated by work, others by life, and most by nothing in particular. My main reason for pursuing maths is maths itself. The maths I partake in these days is largely recreational; I delight in the everyday puzzles and paradoxes that fill my bookshelf and social media feed. They are far removed from the obscure edges of research mathematics that I invested four years of my life in. Some people take offence at the suggestion that I still have mathematical blood in me. He hasn’t even got a postdoc, they’ll remark, what the hell kind of mathematician is he, anyway?!

For the purists, a mathematician is no more and no less than a creator of proofs; one only earns the accolade by architecting previously undiscovered proofs. A cursory look at the past and the future of mathematics reveals just how limiting this criterion is...

In mathematics, the promise (and hype) of Artificial Intelligence takes the form of automated theorem provers that may one day render humans redundant in the quest for mathematical discoveries. Maths is more complex and more abstract than ever; often to the point of alienating all but the patient few who can labour through hundreds of pages of tedium to extract the minutest of insights. Mathematical research may one day become a realm that humans witness from afar with barely a trace of understanding, never daring to venture to its cutting edge. If hype becomes reality, intelligent machines will emerge as the existential threat mathematicians never imagined they’d have to contend with.

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Source: Medium

How Do We Know the Needs of the Students? | Effective Teaching Strategies - Faculty Focus

Alana Sejdic, director of Academic and Student Disability Services at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Conn. writes, I was recently presenting a workshop on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and I was discussing learner variability, interests, and preferences as a key to providing meaningful learning opportunities and incorporating choices and options into course design. 

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One of the faculty members in the workshop asked a great question, “How do we know the needs of the students?” My answer is twofold:

Firstly, many assumptions about students are harmful, so why not start making some assumptions that are helpful? For instance, many assume that all students have had appropriate training in secondary school to prepare them for the expectations of our college level courses. We assume that students should be able to finish tests in the allotted time that we think is reasonable. We assume that they know how to advocate for themselves.

If you are reading this and thinking, “I don’t make these assumptions,” I suggest you look at your courses and the way they are designed. The design of your course will indicate your assumptions about students and may reflect some implicit assumptions of which you are not fully aware. In fact, have someone else look at your course and you may get some valuable perspective...

Many institutions engage in their own institutional research that can provide good insights, so why not take a look? Connect with your admissions and enrollment department to find out more about the students they are marketing to, and the students that are applying and being accepted. For administrators and department leaders who have this data, you should share it. Institutional research and enrollment data isn’t just something to be collected and posted on the website, or looked at by a committee of administrators. This type of information should be shared with your faculty development department and, most importantly, with your faculty. Divisions and departments should not be operating in silos but should be transparent across campus to better serve all stakeholders.

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Source: Faculty Focus 

Groundbreaking app requires kids to answer math questions to unlock their favourite phone apps | Tech & Innovation - Anthill online

A new Australian app has solved one of the biggest issues facing parents today – children are glued to their devices (upwards of 4.5 hours a day) by Anthill Magazine.

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1Question transforms this time into a learning experience by requiring a child to answer a study question before they can open their favourite apps.

And what’s more – the 1Question Parent Control App gives real-time reporting on the progress of their child and the areas they can improve upon...

 “This is a great app! Really has improved my daughter’s maths, she feels so much more confident. Thank you 1Question!” said Kathy, a parent involved in the app’s pilot program.

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Source: Anthill online

Short Learning Modules: The Secret Sauce for Behavioral Training | Microlearning - CommLab India

Deepa Katambur, senior content writer and eLearning strategist at CommLab India observes, This blog gives training managers an insight into the effectiveness of short learning modules in behavioral training.
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Having the right skill sets may get you a job, but the right behavior and attitude toward work will help you keep the job. Haven’t we heard this when we took our first step into the workforce? Years ago, I used to think that behavior is something people cannot be trained on. But, I was wrong. Technology has affected the way we work, and learn, and behavioral training is no exception.

If you are someone who is associated with training, or learning and development, you might have discussed different ways to impart behavioral training at the workplace. But, how effective are these training programs?

If you have been following e-learning industry trends, you are probably already aware that short learning modules can be used to deliver successful training programs on a variety of topics. Read on to know why short learning modules provide the secret sauce for effective behavioral training programs...

Build Positive Attitude with Flexible Learning

Imagine if you had to subject employees to long hours of behavioral training. The training program is bound to fail, as any kind of change cannot be forced.

With short learning modules, learners have the flexibility to choose when, and where they want to learn. This in turn, helps build a positive attitude toward learning.

With microlearning, learners do not have to deal with a lot of content. Nuggets of information that they relate to, lets them set goals, and in the process, facilitates successful completion of the behavioral training program.

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Source: CommLab India

Thomas Barker, University of Alberta – Transformative Learning | Education - Academic Minute

College students can change as they learn. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Alberta's Thomas Barker explores how professors can help this process by Doug Lederman, editor and co-founder of Inside Higher Ed. 

Barker is a professor of communication in the graduate program in communication and technology at Alberta. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.

College students can change as they learn.

Thomas Barker, Professor of Communication in the Graduate Program in Communication and Technology at the University of Alberta, explores how professors can help this process.

Thomas Barker, PhD is Professor of Communication in the Graduate Program in Communication and Technology in the Faculty of Arts.

Listen to the podcast 

Source: Academic Minute

Beyond COVID-19: What’s Next for Online Teaching and Learning in Higher Education? | Teaching & Learning - EDUCAUSE Review

Sustaining the gains and building on the good outcomes associated with higher ed's response to COVID-19 can enhance the quality and distribution of online teaching and learning, build up resources and infrastructure, and ultimately save institutions valuable time and money.

Dr. John Nworie, currently an independent researcher concluded, To say that the COVID-19 pandemic significantly interrupted the normal operation of educational institutions worldwide is a huge understatement. 

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According to UNESCO, the educational experiences of nearly 1.4 billion students—of all ages—were disrupted.Footnote1 In an uncharacteristically swift action for higher education, the COVID-19 pandemic forced colleges and universities to move their courses online while faculty, administrators, and staff worked remotely in order to protect millions of students and themselves. Since then, remote courses, remote student support services, remote graduation ceremonies, and remote campus tours became the new norm, all aimed at controlling the rapid spread of this deadly virus.

The attendant challenges initially stemmed from logistics, inadequate hardware and software, and curriculum and assessment adjustments. A large and varied number of faculty and students were unprepared to teach or learn remotely. Lack of access to digital devices, to the internet, and to sufficient bandwidth further exposed the lingering issues of the digital divide. Many institutions lacked robust online programs, sufficient instructional design and technology staff, appropriate course-development processes, and/or adequately structured student support mechanisms.

With emergency remote teachingFootnote2 as the only option, even the online education doubters and naysayers had no choice but to jump on the bandwagon, applying teaching strategies that mimicked classroom instruction in an attempt to enable students to move to the next level or even graduate...

What's Next for Faculty?

Before the pandemic, information on how to teach remotely, across all disciplines during an emergency, was limited. While there have been previous disruptions because of earthquakes, tornados, the H1N1 pandemic, and other natural disasters, nothing compares to the magnitude and intensity of COVID-19. It would be a mistake to assume that all faculty suddenly developed essential skills or an enthusiasm for online teaching as a result of the emergency remote teaching...

Final Thoughts

The pandemic tested the resilience of colleges and universities as they executed online learning on a massive scale by creating online courses, adopting and adapting to unfamiliar technologies, engaging faculty en masse in remote teaching, and successfully meeting the instructional needs of students. Those experiences and lessons should not be discarded. The next phase for higher education in a post-COVID-19 world is to harness what worked well during the emergency response period and use those experiences to improve institutional practices for the benefit of both internal and external constituencies in the future.

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Source: EDUCAUSE Review


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