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Better, not normal

Posted on: July 30, 2020

 
The transfer of teaching strategies between physical and online classrooms does not seem to be balanced.

When forced to conduct emergency remote teaching, most teachers transferred strategies they were already familiar with, e.g., teacher talk and proctored exams.

While such a response is understandable — the runway was short and the need was urgent — repeating these behaviours when we know better is irresponsible. Teachers need to be taught how to design for and to facilitate actual online learning.

Teachers also need to be guided to reflect on why certain strategies failed and to learn from the successes of others who avoided the usual tropes.

When they return to their classrooms, they also need to transfer online designs that are likely to work well in-person, e.g., independent learning strategies, greater choice and individualisation, broader and context-based assessment, ungrading.

Things should not return to normal; they should get better. This means that teachers learn how to facilitate online learning and also that classroom-based teaching improves as a result.

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