More Voices From the On-Demand Virtual Webinar Series

We need to emphasize humanizing strategies in our remote instruction. Don’t expect faculty to meet high standards in temporary online delivery. It’s unfair. Rely a little more on intentionally designed online courses. If you follow that iterative approach at your institution, everybody benefits.

University of Maryland Baltimore County thought about its analytics environment and set up an ecosystem that met its needs. It proved really valuable last spring when within a week of the shift to online learning they were able to provide all faculty a report of which students weren’t engaging online.

Communicate about how quality assurance is being pursued. Be clear about what you expect (webcam requirements), etc. Faculty-level communications in syllabi must convey clarity on how the class will work—clarity for students is paramount.

We will see more investment in video and lecture capture. In fact, we’ve seen a 300% increase in video viewing and watching since this situation started.

With students in different settings, it’s important to provide individualized content and tap into the personal context. Whatever model you use—synchronous, asynchronous, real-time, threaded discussions—the real point is building an academic challenge and the opportunity for social connectedness. Those are key to helping students learn.

Some Positive Takeaways from the Pandemic

  • Students who are anxious or were being bullied are achieving more. For these and other students, their physical presence was part of the problem.
  • We are being forced to better understand the characteristics and how to take advantage of technology to help improve instruction and student learning. Everyone has to participate in asynchronous threaded instruction—it’s not just the same three students talking to you. You can discover students who are brilliant that you never knew because they are shy or have communication anxiety and weren’t communicative in person.
  • We are discovering new methods and learning new things that may turn out to be useful—things you wouldn’t expect. When there are vaccines and treatments, we can take the things we learned to have a more caring system and thoughtful use of technology.

IN THE IMS WEBINARS, YOU WILL LEARN: • How to set up a digital ecosystem • What HED leaders have learned from COVID • How to evaluate digital content platforms • Student privacy considerations in the “new normal” • Best practices around digital learning

7% of communication is verbal

Instructors pick up on non-verbal cues in face-to-face teaching.

How can we replicate that missing 93%?

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