Higher Ed Post-COVID: What Did We Learn?
Since the frenzied, haphazard transition to virtual-only education, the educational community has been barraged by technological techniques, platforms, and services. What did we learn from this transition and how do we make the in-person classroom learning experience better than the one we left in March 2020? How do we guard against learning loss in an environment that wants some availability of distance learning?
A coordinated evaluation and planning effort needs to leverage that exposure into a cohesive strategy if we are to return to a richer in-person classroom experience. This involves three primary challenges.
– First, evaluate how well these tools leverage the insight and ability of human instructors while reducing extraneous workload.
– Second, address how to implement the chosen set, including administrative buy-in, deployment, and teacher training.
– Third, a long-term evaluation method to guide continual refinement and potential expansion of enhanced/extended classrooms.
Together, these measures will build toward an education system that empowers teachers to act as insightful professional educators rather than content delivery machines, and simultaneously builds flexibility that guards against dramatic learning loss in an environment that wants some availability of distance learning.
On the June 15th panel discussion, presenters offer insights from educational technology experts in academia, product management, and technical development to investigate the challenges and opportunities in this critical moment for our educational ecosystem.
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