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The cost of assessment prevents some students, who self-identify as having a disability, from pursuing an assessment and diagnosis that would allow them to claim formal accommodations. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nicole Osborne

How accessibility for disabled university students can benefit all students

A survey of disabled students found that some university accommodations they value became more widespread in the pandemic, like flexible course deadlines.
Focusing on online learning as the problem means lost opportunities to identify solutions and supports for student well-being, which could then be designed into online, in-person or mixed forms of learning. (Allison Shelley for EDUimages)

Why it’s wrong to blame online learning for causing mental health issues during COVID-19

Making unsubstantiated claims that pandemic online learning caused mental health problems doesn’t help us address students’ current needs.
Blended learning helps students learn to use new technologies so they can critically integrate and construct new knowledge while communicating in an increasingly digital society. (Jopwell/Pexels)

What is ‘blended learning’ and how can it benefit post-secondary students?

Teaching approaches should be rooted in learning objectives or students’ experiences, and these considerations aren’t the same as whether course components are online or in-person.
Universities need to offer planned socializing for students who entered programs after 2020 and are less likely to know other people in their cohort. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nicole Osborne

Students returning to campus want the ‘university experience’ missed during COVID-19

Students in an international survey said they really missed chances to be together in person for campus-related activities, not only due to academic concerns.
One child constructed a city out of cardboard boxes from his recent move to Canada. He shared this with classmates, free from the language barrier that made in-person school a struggle. (Shutterstock)

How some children prospered in pandemic online learning

Researchers studying ways to foster children’s inclusion in society worked with teachers to adapt classroom practices, like dedicated dialogue circles, to online learning.
Ontario restored standardized testing in 2021-22 after missing a year due to the pandemic, but it’s going to be difficult to analyze results without consistent baseline data. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

After Ontario’s COVID-19 school closures, a responsive recovery plan is critical

Ontario’s incoming government after the election will have its work cut out for it in restoring the public’s faith after extensive school closures.
How do we capitalize on COVID-19 initiated change to build better education systems for the future? (Chris Montgomery/Unsplash)

4 lessons from online learning that should stick after the pandemic

The question for all educators should be: How do we capitalize on COVID-19 initiated change to build better education systems for the future?

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