As a pandemic forces students to stay home, educators are doing their best to quickly transition to remote learning. Learning is more than the exposure to facts and the acquisition of knowledge. Schools provide a host of academic opportunities that are built into the DNA of their existence. Switching to remote teaching and learning is a dramatic change from ‘business as usual’ for institutions that have provided a consistent experience for generations.
Content is probably the easiest factor to control. Now, more than ever, there is a tremendous amount of information available for free or at a very low cost. The “what” of instruction has never been easier to access both in-person and from afar. As a matter of fact, it’s now easier to get overwhelmed with too much content. Schools have curriculum and content standards that help outline the content being covered and pace when that content is being delivered to students.
Communication becomes a bit more complicated, but in the second decade of the 21st century, options have come a long way from mail-in correspondence class. However, the digital divide varies within communities and therefore mail-based options still have a place in the communication spectrum. However, there are more options available for schools to communicate between staff and students than ever before.
Control is always the art that goes into the science of teaching. Control of time, content, and classroom is what you find in a master teacher. Most teachers are not trained in transferring these same skills from the in-person classroom to the online classroom. Experience and the right tools make a tremendous difference. Online learning is much more than just accessing the content. Deeper checking for understanding online can be much more difficult for teachers remotely than it can be in person.
The information for this post was taken from an article by Josh Nichols in eSchool News, follow this link for more details and the complete article.