Online Learning

UK language students prepare for virtual year abroad in their bedrooms | Higher education

What is a virtual year abroad – and is there any point in it? That is the question Reece Jack, of Troon, South Ayrshire, is asking, along with thousands of other languages students whose year abroad has been cancelled or is in doubt. Jack, a second-year student of business and French at Strathclyde University, thinks the idea of shared “virtual year abroad” resources across universities, being offered as a partial replacement for the real experience, is “delusional”. “Students will not…

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The Real Reason It Is So Difficult To Plan For Online Learning – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

My colleague and I looked at each other on Tuesday of last week. She had a look in her eyes of pure exhaustion. I could sense a call for help, but I think we were both too tired to send out an SOS. I let out a deep sigh and said, “Wow, is it June yet!” The past few weeks had been a whirlwind of non-stop problem finding and problem-solving. It was good work, but tiring work. As the…

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‘I feel like a number’: unhappy UK students blocked from deferring studies | Education

Freya Saddler, a first-year musical theatre student, fell in love with Goldsmiths, University of London, when she auditioned for her course. Now, after trying to adapt to studying drama alone on a laptop in her bedroom during lockdown, she is stressed and unhappy. Like many students across the country, she is ready for a break from her studies – but her university says the coronavirus is not a valid reason to defer. “Emotionally it has been a big struggle,” says…

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Home school in Dagenham: three children, no tablet, no computer | Education

When Kelly Rivers left school at 15 she never dreamt she would one day be thrown into the role of teacher to three of her six children, and with no access to a computer, tablet or printer. But that is the challenge she has been facing under lockdown – and she has been finding it tough. “I have to message a friend whose child goes to the same school and ask what their children have been asked to do,” she…

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The vision for a national Open School is a good one. The BBC is ready to make it happen | Tony Hall | Education

The Covid-19 crisis has transformed all our lives in ways we could barely have imagined just a few weeks ago. In so many areas, we will be desperate to go back to “normal life” as soon as safely possible. But in others, however, what we have learned in this crisis will – and should – reshape our thinking for ever. Educating the nation’s children is one of those areas. All of us have had to adapt to play our part…

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How To Make Your Online Lessons Irresistible To Students – Education Article

Although the school year is quickly coming to a close, chances are that Zoom and other live video platforms will continue to play a role next school year. This isn’t good news. Reports from superintendents, teachers, and SCM readers along with surveys and media reports suggest that the number of students who haven’t participated this spring—or who have participated very little—is in the tens of millions. Furthermore, a research study by the Northwest Evaluation Association estimates that students who stopped…

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Institutions scramble to recruit and retain international students – Education Article

Shuai “Eddy” Jiang, a rising junior at Boston College, on Acorn Street in Boston. Jiang is from China and chose to remain in Massachusetts through the pandemic. Many colleges and universities anticipate a sharp decrease in international students for fall 2020. Credit: Courtesy of Shuai Eddy Jiang. When Boston College started emptying dorms and moving classes online because of the coronavirus, Shuai “Eddy” Jiang thought about where he should live during the pandemic. “The question was if I should go…

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How To Increase Student Online Participation By 50 Percent – Education Article

It’s been a tough go, this online learning. Many students are checked out. A few of which have been entirely off the grid for the past two months, whereabouts unknown. A few others are up to their ears in responsibilities—cooking, cleaning, taking care of siblings. But most just can’t seem to get it together. Eat, sleep, video games. Repeat. As educators, it’s hard for us to understand. What of the importance of education? What could possibly be a better use…

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No sex, no booze: how the move online will take all the fun out of university | Universities

Name: Student life. Age: Ongoing since the first university opened 1,161 years ago. Appearance: People sitting around in their parents’ house, nodding at a webcam. That doesn’t sound right. Well, times have changed. But why? For the same reason that you’re suddenly afraid of deliverymen and haven’t worn socks for three months. It’s because of coronavirus, silly. Explain yourself. The University of Cambridge has announced that it is going online-only for the full 2020-2021 academic year, with no face-to-face lectures,…

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Means of Participation Online with Ben Esser – Education Article

How to Play… As you know we’ve been watching and posting a ton of video of great online teaching. We posted this great clip of Alonzo Hall and Linda Fraser’s A+ procedures and routines. We posted this great clip of Ben Esser ‘dissolving the screen.’ Today I want to share another clip of Ben, here taking a page from Alonzo and Linda’s playbook- but with arguably the most important system of all: Means of Participation, which is being explicit about…

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Universities beware: shifting classes online so quickly is a double-edged sword | Shreya Atrey | Education

When lockdown began, universities had to shut up shop like any other non-essential service. But something extraordinary happened: universities around the world went online almost overnight, showing remarkable determination to continue providing their students with lectures, seminars and tutorials. But can this rapid shift to online teaching and learning actually work in the long term? Several problems have already emerged. Online teaching needs more than just the basics. Lecturers need access to a computer that supports teaching software and a…

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England plans to send the wrong children back to school at the wrong time | Laura McInerney | Education

We have built a world where parents need the childcare provided by the school system. In some families parents are working at night, or rising at 5am to sustain a struggling business before their children wake up. They may more urgently feel the need for schools to reopen than those who can happily juggle a few hours of homeschooling with working from home. But think about what primary teachers are facing with the prospect of suddenly going back to school…

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How To Avoid Parent Complaints About Online Learning – Education Article

Online learning increases the possibility of receiving complaints from parents—because they’re now able to see everything their child sees. They can judge and dissect every lesson and assignment as it’s given. They can note every frustration, every moment of confusion, and every small struggle their child experiences. They can even sit right next to them during Zoom meetings. Furthermore, like all of us trying to get through this strange time, they’re prone to higher levels of stress, anxiety, and irritability.…

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Digital Note Taking with Microsoft OneNote – USADigital Note Taking with Microsoft OneNote – Education Article

If you are a student with access to a computer or tablet, this blog is for you! Going through our academic careers today has so many advantages. With the move towards digital educational materials, we no longer have to lug around multiple heavy textbooks and notebooks. But how can we continue and improve our organization to optimize our study habits and, ultimately, our grades? The past year, I made the switch to digital note taking with the Microsoft application OneNote;…

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Covid-19 has made universities’ financial forecasts redundant. Good luck to us all | Jonathan Wolff | Education

I’m a man of simple pleasures. One of the ways I keep myself amused is chuckling at financial forecasts. HS2 is going to cost £106bn. Really? Are you sure it isn’t £107bn? Or £105bn? Or something completely different? A recent study suggests that the UK university sector is going to take a £2.472bn hit next year in lost fees. Oddly, my normal instinct to giggle at the bogus precision didn’t kick in this time. That is a lot of money,…

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Bonds between teachers are vital to student success – Education Article

As a former English teacher, I know how important it is to build strong relationships with students and their families. In communities across our country, the general consensus is that this relationship is critical to student success. However, an equally important yet often-overlooked relationship is the bond between teachers. The coronavirus has shown each of us how vital the teacher-to-teacher connection truly is. A year before the pandemic began, my school district examined how this connection could help guide a student’s…

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