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Recommendations about Urgent Remote Learning for Educators

par Esra Telli
Langue: EN

With the Covid-19 era, all educational institutions had to end the courses face to face and urgently transfer the training online. Although students' initial reactions are positive, they are more likely to find this education sufficient over time. Because the education given at the moment cannot be described as an ideal distance education. Distance education needs an ecosystem, student support system, virtual meetings, videos, etc. It requires months of preparation. Designing and developing effective, engaging online training takes a lot of time and effort. Well-designed online education can be as effective as face-to-face education. Currently, urgent remote learning does not have the ideal conditions for a well-planned, quality education.

Many educators were caught unprepared for this process, they could not make detailed plans. They had not prepared their curriculum in accordance with distance education and had not received adequate training in this regard. Families, like educators, were not ready for this urgent process. But everyone tried to do their best. The primary purpose in these conditions is not to recreate a solid education ecosystem, but to provide temporary access to education and training so that it can be quickly established and reliably used during an emergency or crisis. From this point of view, I would like to offer the trainers various recommendations for urgent remote learning 

  • Ensure student social presence
  • Develop a sense of community to make everyone feel like important members of the group
  • Spend a short time with them at the beginning of each lesson
  • Ask students how they often feel (you can create an emoji list)
  • Create a lesson slogan
  • Support hands-on prompts, even if virtual
  • Remember that the duration of the lesson should be short (<30 min.)
  • Ask students to write their “distance learning” adventures (eg on a blog)
  • Write and share your own «distance learning» adventure
  • Do «challenge» activities with students (such as feeding an animal)
  • Keep parents in the system
    • E-mail, message, etc. contact parents by means of
    • Inform parents of the daily-weekly schedule of the lesson
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