Open distance institutions need a comprehensive framework for multimedia teaching and learning.
Institutions mustn’t waste the lessons learned during the height of the pandemic about the powerful role that multimedia can play in learning and teaching.
Lecturers felt unprepared for the shift to remote teaching, saying they had neither received nor sought relevant training.
Training for academics needs to be timely, specific, relevant and appropriate for the technology being implemented.
Universities must do more than just offer online learning: they must make sure lecturers know how to adapt to the technology.
Lecturers need to be adept at both the theories of online learning and the technology used to do it.
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Seeing grit as a panacea among historically disadvantaged students can be a dangerous distraction from other barriers to student retention.
Open and distance learning were specifically designed to allow anyone, anywhere to access higher education.
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African governments, policy makers and education sectors could learn a great deal from other developing countries.
Extended school closures during the pandemic set Ugandan children far behind their peers.
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Young Ugandans have already fallen far behind in their learning because of COVID.
‘Gamification’ introduces points, leaderboards, badges and trophies into a classroom.
Watching my teens play video games for hours on end tells me that video game designers understand something that my fellow teachers and I had not!
The pandemic has driven university students’ stress levels up as they grapple with remote learning.
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Ultimately, these studies will help us to make sense of how the pandemic is reshaping higher education.
Research shows that game-based learning techniques can improve students’ understanding of class material.
Real-life experience suggests that game-based learning (GBL) techniques can be useful in reducing student anxiety toward technical and/or abstract concepts and in increasing class involvement.
Distance learning has its advantages, but requires the correct technology and respect for intellectual property rights.
Distance learning requires not only the right technologies, but also policies that respect intellectual property and personal data. Open educational resources are an approach that is gathering support.
Indigenous people with experience guiding culturally safe talking circles in an online environment can work with students to nurture safe virtual spaces.
Student respondents to a survey discussed memories of historical trauma of infectious disease and displacement, financial hardship related to Alberta tuition hikes and mental health concerns.
How can lecturers avoid one of the classic syndromes of remote teaching: a screen of blank student webcams?
How to invite students to participate in classes and experiment when the computer becomes the main classroom?
There’s strong pressure to use more technology to capture student attention, but what about inviting students to adopt a contemplative posture?
What if one of the answers to the challenges of distance learning was to go back to basics and set up less “tech” and more human contexts?
Chicago students doing broadcasted ‘radio school’ lessons in 1937.
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This isn’t the first time America’s schoolchildren have studied remotely – and Chicago’s 1937 ‘radio school’ experiment shows how technology can fill the gap during a crisis.
Life online isn’t ideal, but it is manageable.
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From setting passwords to cultivating patience, a mindful approach to virtual working, studying and socializing can make life online manageable.
A student in Salatiga, Central Java, gets a medical check up before entering her class.
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As the Indonesian government reopens schools located in the green and yellow zones, a blended learning approach is being discussed as a solution.
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While providing access to digital technology is important, it won’t even the digital playing field. If teachers can embrace all students’ digital interests as opportunities for learning, it would help.
Too much time screen time can lead to lower self-esteem.
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It’s worth going out of your way to ensure that kids practice interacting with others and maintain their friendships.
More people turn to alcohol in the wake of disasters, research has found.
The stress of having children do distance learning at home during the pandemic is linked to an increase in alcohol consumption among parents, a new survey finds.
Some colleges may have to scramble to make plans to keep international students enrolled.
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A new immigration rule may force some international students to leave the country.