Six takeaways from two years of e-learning


If there is one defining image for education in 2020 and 2021, it may well be, for better or worse, the Zoom screen. Teachers and students were unexpectedly thrust into a bizarre new reality of virtual classrooms, and the results were predictably chaotic. Even now, as many students are once again learning in person, the specter of blended learning looms in the face of localized COVID surges.

Penn GSE Associate Professor and Director of the Penn Center for Learning Analytics Ryan Baker studies how students use and learn from educational software, games, and other forms of digital technology. Over the full two years of this explosion of virtual learning approaches, Baker shares some thoughts on best practices and practices to avoid.

Baker says being on Zoom all day doesn’t work. Instead, embrace asynchronous learning. Done right, asynchronous learning can be powerful. A combination of asynchronous and synchronous sessions can keep students engaged. Also, do not mix lessons on learning platforms. Since each platform organizes and orders its units differently, teachers could inadvertently find themselves in a position where the unit they have chosen directly recalls lessons from a previous unit that the class simply did not have. not covered yet because they haven’t used the platform as intended. Instead, spend time choosing the right platform and sticking to it. And finally, provide immediate feedback – delayed feedback is unproductive. And then share best practices with your peers.

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