Learning2gether episode 443 Mar 11 at 14:00 UTC - Transitioning from course to community around how to cope with going online in case of school closures #learning2gether #blended2020
The last half of the 3-week course has coincided with a time when schools have been closing in unprecedented numbers over concerns with the COVID-19 outbreak. This has sent an equally unprecedented number of teachers into a search for stratgies they can use to transition their classrooms from f2f to online. Going from face-to-face straight to online is a daunting transition, and one that requires some kind of portal space that will attempt to center the course and provide coherence to activities that cannot be simply explained as such to students not physically present in class.
The blended learning course has been focused on helping teachers conceptualize and create that center space. When teachers have to come up with components for such spaces on limited funds and resources, I call this DIYLMS, or do-it-yourself learning management systems. For teachers who have already been running blended learning classrooms, that center space was already there, and the shift to a totally online environment is largely a matter of layering syncronous activities onto the existing asynchronous ones.
With more schools worldwide closing suddenly almost every day now, many teachers have been stretched to come to grips with the demands of their new situations, and many others not yet in that situation are doing what they can to level up and prepare for whatever contigency.
Accordingly, this past week in our course we were hearing from teachers who were having to come up with strategies for dealing with meeting students purely online. Jeff Lebow, who has been working online for years and, like me, incorporating what works online into blended environments for his students, showed us how he had already set up classes for his whole department in blogger and now all they had to do was just add Zoom. In our most recent webinar we talked with Suzan Stamper and Bonnie Calanchini, two teachers from Hong Kong, about how they were coping in international schools with kids and in the tertiary setting with adults.
Since this is a dynamically developing situation, and as there is a chance that we in this community could both learn from and contribute to the ongoing conversation, I have created a kind of static extension to the course in the form of a MOOC / Community space, with more information at the Schoology portal here,
But I've also created bypasses to that space (you could join it, but you can also ignore it if you wish). One such bypass is a MOOC Community Extension space at http://workshops2020.pbworks.com/ which can be reached via this direct link
I also created a Groups.io for ongoing discussions of this topic, for anyone who wants to share or wants to know, or keep abreast of, this critical topic.. Anyone who can join it here:
On March 11, at 1400 UTC, I'll come online and talk more about this,