In March 2020, as the whole world braced for the first wave of school closures due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, I quickly thought of creating a very limited series that focused on helping educators, especially in the K-12 years, to understand what it meant to transition to, plan, and implement online distance or remote learning. The series (which is third season, by the way), Online Distance Learning, has five episodes. In each episode, I talked about a certain important aspect of online distance learning. Definitely, I poured all my knowledge, opinions, and experiences on distance education in this series.
As empowerED celebrates its first year anniversary, I am proud to share that this series has been the most-streamed series in the channel and I am happy to note that it has guided a number of educators in the country and in the whole world. HundrED Organization based in Finland even highlighted the series in one of their articles in response to COVID-19’s effect on the education systems around the world. The article can be read here.
S0301: What is Online Distance Learning – In this episode, understand what online distance learning (ODL) is and how it is different from face-to-face learning in the classroom.
S0302: Lessening Learner “Loneliness” in ODL – In online distance learning, an important reality to be considered is the transactional distance between the learner and the teacher. The episode explores how teachers can lessen its effect on the learner.
S03E03: Designing Online Distance Learning Unit and Assessment – Understand what needs to be considered to increase and sustain interaction among learners and teachers in an online learning unit and how to integrate assessments strategically in order to help students learn deeper and better.
S03E04: EdTech Tools that Support Online Distance Learning – This episode explores EdTech tools that can help and support ODL as being discussed.
S03E05: Tips for Students Undergoing Online Distance Learning – Learners can survive and thrive in an online distance learning environment. In this episode, find some worthwhile and essential tips for students enrolled in an online distance learning class