Online learning has become a fact of life in the educational world, at least in part. Many people experienced it for the first time, in a hurry and on the fly, during the COVID-19 pandemic. In such a context, it was inevitable that it would leave some with a limited impression of its potential. But a properly designed elearning course is much more than a video conference.
Learners who had not yet experienced elearning mostly had the opportunity to do so during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, in many cases, they were provided with video lectures rather than actual online education designed for this purpose. It was natural that learners would remember the loss of human contact, characteristic of a face-to-face course in such a context. However, since this is a limited perception of online education and this learning mode is here to stay, it is desirable to know some of its advantages. Here are five of them!
Why shouldn't adult learners have as much fun as younger ones? This question, which seems to be shared by many, prompted two American academics with atypical backgrounds to take action. In 2020, Lisa Forbes and David Thomas created Professors at Play, an online creative space to encourage the use of play and fun in higher education. Here are their top tips for actors at this level of education to better integrate play and its benefits into their practice!
It is vital to fully understand that integrating accessibility principles in online learning is not an easy fix; it requires proper modelling. Furthermore, accessible instruction does not simply consist of telling professors what accessibility is and expect them to do it all on their own; it is about inclusion and the benefits it can bring to all students in a class.
Higher education is a luxury that’s not available to everyone, or, at least, it is a luxury that is more available to some than others. And although financial limitation is certainly an inhibitor, it is not the only one. Think, for example, of the cultural acclimation an international student might experience if they were to relocate to, say, Montreal for their post-secondary studies.
What does it mean to be an online teacher? How is a virtual classroom different from an in-person classroom? Are online teachers and in-person teachers the same people? Online teachers possess specific skills and competencies that allow their knowledge to translate effectively from a physical classroom to a digital one.
I spent my teenage years waiting for a letter that never came—an owl-delivered offer of admission from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. At the muggle elementary school I attended, we brewed no potions and flew no brooms. We studied basic arithmetic and practiced forming cursive letters in longhand. We learned serious subjects from serious textbooks.
You’re in a Zoom meeting. Your posture is first-rate, and the forty-three muscles in your face are contracted to deliver an expression that’s saying, “There’s nowhere in the world I’d rather be.” We’ve all been there. And then, at the precise moment that your meeting ends, it’s as though a flip had been switched: your entire body relaxes back to its regular home-office slouch, and your facial expression returns to its neutral position. Maybe you even change back into your pyjamas.
Intelligent adaptive learning is the modern version of personalized learning whose first traces date back to the 19th century. Powered by artificial intelligence, this customized learning can tailor training to a learner's particular profile, needs and interests. Above all, it can generate in real-time the learning path that is most likely to enable the learner to achieve his or her objectives.
Occasionally, that’s what this pandemic-inspired solitude feels like: a punishment. And what’s more upsetting than a punishment for a crime you did not commit? Such are the conditions that many students and educators have endured for almost a year. It is easy to think of remote learning—specifically, remote learning that is not “voluntary”—as something of a relegation into unfamiliar educational territory.