Greeting, Independent Learning faculty!
As educational institutions throughout the world have transitioned to emergency remote teaching and learning, asynchronous online education (that is, not working in real time) has been suggested as a way to increase accessibility for students and faculty with limited internet. Web conferencing tools are certainly wonderful, but they also take a lot of bandwidth. For some faculty, asynchronous interaction can be a difficult adjustment if they’ve interacted in real-time throughout their teaching career.
How did you transition from synchronous to asynchronous education? What challenges did you encounter? What did you like about it? Have you encountered any resources that you’ve found helpful?
Beyond an opportunity to reflect, I would love to share your experiences, ideas, reflections, etc on teaching in an asynchronous environment. Do you have any stories you’d like to share? Feel free to reply, or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay safe, healthy, and well!
Two recent articles provide worthwhile comparisons and contrasts between online learning (with Independent Learning being just one example) and the now-widespread emergency online teaching/learning.
It’s certainly amazing how quickly institutions have been able to continue instruction in the midst of face-to-face instruction being cancelled, but it’s also important to note the difference between typical online courses (the instructional design component is mentioned in both articles) vs an emergency change in teaching modality.
Our Independent Learning courses are already online, so we don’t need to worry about adapting them as the title describes, but this article includes some resources for improving online courses. These would take some time and planning to implement, but it includes ideas of activities, recording lectures, and different apps to connect your online learning community.
Sarah Korpi recently shared a comprehensive article on the ADEIL LinkedIn page: “How to Make Smart Choices About Tech for Your Course” by Michelle D. Miller. I’d recommend giving the article a few reads, as there’s a wealth of information including great technology considerations for your courses, discussions on course design, Universal Design for Learning, tools, links to learning materials, etc, etc.
If you haven’t yet joined the ADEIL LinkedIn page, you can find it here: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8521464/
Speaking of great articles, is there something you’ve recently read that you’d like to share with the group? Let us know!
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