“…there is only one time that is important – now! It is the most important time because it is the only time when we have any power.”
– Leo Tolstoy, The Three Questions

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many schools, colleges, and universities are helping teachers and students rapidly prepare to continue teaching remotely.

This series on teaching continuity plans synthesized key elements from the many resources and recommendations shared through the Canvas LMS community. In Part 1 we looked at three things institutions can do BEFORE a crisis. I’ll now shift to critical activities that must happen DURING a teaching continuity event.

Note that these ideas do not have to wait until you shutter classrooms; advanced preparation is always recommended.

Adapting to online learning in a pinch (Part 2)

Focus and prioritization in this stage is critical. Starting with the most important and the most urgent activities will help your teachers, students, and staff stay sane and make it through. For each idea that you have, ask yourself, “Is this critically important for learning?” And, “Is this critically urgent for the student experience?”

Focus teachers on adapting and enabling, not transforming

Someday online education researchers and practitioners will look back on the necessary rush toward online teaching spurred by the coronavirus and start to make some sense of the good, the bad, and the ugly.

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About the Author:

As VP of Higher Education Strategy for Canvas by Instructure, Jared Stein and team uncover new ways that technology can improve teaching and learning — often in collaboration with colleges and universities. Jared works to help teachers design effective blended and online learning so that all students can have great experiences in education. He believes in applying research to design, and encourages real-world practice, openness, and simplicity. Jared has also helped institutions plan for education challenges through grassroots, faculty-driven initiatives (such as open education projects), and top-level leadership plans (such as the growth of online and hybrid offerings). Jared is co-author of Essentials for Blended Learning: A Standards-Based Guide.


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