Virtual Teaching Support Offered

April 10, 2020 | Volume 51, Number 8

With the move to remote teaching for schools and colleges, there is a recognized need for helping teachers and instructors adjust to the new mode of teaching. Eduscape (Montvale, NJ) and The Online Learning Consortium (Boston) each offer assistance.

Back in mid-March, K-12 professional learning organization Eduscape was offering a series of free webinars for teachers called Continuity of Learning. In response to the feedback from the more than 30,000 educators that attended the webinars, Eduscape in April has launched a solution to help schools support teachers as they shift to remote teaching, called remote SCHOOLWORKS.

The program combines assessment, virtual professional development and recurring live, online office hours to provide ongoing support for teachers. It is designed for G Suite for Education, Microsoft Office 365 or learning management systems.

“The overwhelming challenge for teachers has been how to maintain sound instructional design while they shift to remote teaching,” Alex Urrea, Eduscape’s founder and managing partner, said of the educators’ responses.

 

The program focuses on four critical pillars: communication, assessment, community and accessibility, Urrea said. “We also want to model for teachers how to maintain practical feedback loops with their students and their peers as they adapt to a new paradigm of instruction,” Urrea said.


One of the most important features of remote SCHOOLWORKS is the way teachers are guided to establish the right norms, routines and organizational models to develop, deploy and assess remote learning experiences for their students, according to Eduscape.

 

Peer Discussions

The Online Learning Consortium plans to offer a series of free, online facilitated discussion for institutions seeking guidance and resources to plan for academic continuity . The discussions will examine online pedagogy, practices and tools that support high-quality learning experiences. They are expected to begin April 21 and will continue through May 1.

The idea is to engage a diverse and robust community of educators in conversation and collaboration about best practices for quality online teaching and learning.

Planned discussion themes include: adaptive learning, open educational resources, MOOCs, gamification, online design, learning spaces and the LMS, AR/VR, mobile learning, and continuity planning.

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