Covid-19 and Higher Education
Hi all, my employer published an article on the topic of higher education and how it's going to be impacted by our fast-paced move to virtual education due to COVID-19. I really think it adds value so sharing here.....
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It puts students at information risk, if they do not have the appropriate tools to protect their online sessions with the school and their curriculum.
The school should implement a secure session tool along with where information is stored to be secured appropriately through those sessions.
I think COVID-19 will and has changed education - both higher education and elementary education. It seemed like higher education was more prepared to finish semesters using online tools. I am not so sure secondary education was prepared. I know in some states the teachers/educators were not prepared to go to distance learning. While I think online learning is great - it is not for everyone. Every person has different learning styles and some students can adapt quicker than others. Hopefully distance learning will remain an option and not be the ONLY option.
Pedagogy in the hybrid or blended learning environment should still meet the needs of the learners and enrich the learning community, while at the same time, deliver against the course learning outcomes. Adjunct professors and online learning instructors tend to have an edge vs. full-time professors in this area, especially those that have a masters degree in the subject matter in addition to a masters in education. Publishers have plenty of resources that can be integrated into blended learning environments, but instructors need to understand how to do appropriately do this and be able to utilize them. I believe colleges and universities will create new roles to facilitate this training across its academics.