What online learning can teach us about remote work
When education, like so many other industries, went remote in 2020, instructors and teachers alike felt the pinch. Jess Nicol, an educational developer at a post-secondary learning institute, was one of them, jumping into reactive mode along with her colleagues. “There was a certain formula everyone was following: check-in emails, discussion boards, content layout,” she says about the early days of virtual work life. The formula was a clunky translation of the in-person experience and often resulted in stale lessons and a disengaged audience. But these temporary fixes were thought to be just that—a quick solution to a problem with an expiration date. Cut to today where even as campuses have opened back up and in-person education becomes more available, remote learning doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. In fact, a trend report published in...
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  • Interesting article and perspective.  I am a technical trainer of close to 30 years and I still hate online classes.  A big problem is bandwidth.  I love seeing my students' faces so that I can tell when they are lost, phasing out, bored, or just had that "Ah-ha" moment, but with many people including myself living in areas where decent Internet bandwidth is still a problem, I find we can't all share our cameras and have me share my screen so that they can see the code that I am writing or the report I am building. Since I'm close to retirement, I've handled it by online taking in-person opportunities as frequently as possible, but it is nice to hear that people are being successful in adapting and shifting to new things rather than trying to imitate in-person while online.