“You cannot create experience. You must undergo it.”
– Albert Camus, Carnets
Valuable learning experiences are based on difficult challenges, and even failures. When a campus must close, whether to avoid spreading illnesses or due to weather events, institutions and individuals will be tested in their resilience, patience, and creativity to overcome.
Yet these crises are also times to learn and grow. I’ve been astonished at how much creative work, sharing, and support the education community has generated during the last few weeks, especially the wisdom shared by those who have lived through campus closures before.
Related content: Adapting to online learning in a pinch
In this third post on teaching continuity plans, I’m sharing three key ideas that can help an institution learn their way forward, AFTER a crisis.
Adapting to online learning in a pinch (Part 3)
Evaluate in order to improve
Right now, most educational institutions facing campus closures are focused on helping their teachers, staff, and students adapt to remote teaching and learning. This is the critical task. But how will you know if your efforts worked?
As an administrator, what does a successful response to closure look like? As a teacher, how will you know if your students gained as much this semester as in others?