COVID-19 Educator Help Desk

Guidance for Best Practices in Online Learning

  • 1.  Guidance for Best Practices in Online Learning

    Posted 20 days ago
    Hello!  I'm wondering if anyone can share resources related to pedagogical best practices for designing instruction for continuity of learning.
    • What's appropriate and reasonable for elementary, middle, and high school?
    • Are there lesson planning templates/resources you recommend?
    • What are the expectations for teachers? students? parents?
    • How do we keep it simple/manageable for students and teachers?
    • Is there an exemplar continuity of education plan out there?

    Thank you!!

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    Megan Rohlin
    Coordinator of Professional Development
    Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES
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  • 2.  RE: Guidance for Best Practices in Online Learning

    PLN Leader
    Posted 17 days ago
    Hi, @Megan Rohlin!

    Remote teaching is a new territory for many educators. I have been curating some Wakelets on eLearning (both the best practice for building online learning environments and remote teaching). Your questions are great and I would love to have a quick online chat if you are interested in that option to better provide more detailed answers. Just message me if you are interested and we can set up a virtual call. :)

    Thank you for offering such a thoughtful approach and obvious dedication to our colleagues.
    -Cindy​​

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    Cindy Etherton
    Instructional Designer | Online Educator
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  • 3.  RE: Guidance for Best Practices in Online Learning

    Posted 16 days ago
    Thank you, Cindy!  I'll check out your resources. I appreciate the response!

    Meg

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    Megan Rohlin
    Coordinator of Professional Development
    Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES
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  • 4.  RE: Guidance for Best Practices in Online Learning

    Posted 16 days ago
    Hi Megan,
    You may want to check out the National Standards for Quality Online Courses, Programs, and Teaching located at nsqol.org.
    Quality Matters has an Emergency Remote Instruction Checklist that can help, as well.
    Stay well,
    Chris

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    Christine Voelker
    K-12 Program Director
    Quality Matters
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  • 5.  RE: Guidance for Best Practices in Online Learning

    Posted 16 days ago
    Christine,

    Thank you for sharing these resources! The checklist is super helpful.  I've passed these resources on to my team.

    I appreciate you taking the time to respond to my post! Thank you!

    Be well,
    Meg

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    Megan Rohlin
    Coordinator of Professional Development
    Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES
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  • 6.  RE: Guidance for Best Practices in Online Learning

    Posted 15 days ago
    Edited by Sitaara Jones 15 days ago
    Hey Megan!

    Online learning is relatively new for most students and presents a lot of teachers, students, and parents with concerns. Here are a few answers to your questions that I hope are useful for you during this challenging time. Thanks for all that you do!

    • What's appropriate and reasonable for elementary, middle, and high school? How do we keep it simple/manageable for students and teachers?
    • I think it's smart to set standards for how much time each student should spend completing work online that is appropriate for their grade level and education level. For example, not all elementary age students will be prepared to be successful with 6 hours of work each day. It's important for learning to continue but it's just as important for students to feel connected to one another and to their teacher during this time. 
    • Are there lesson planning templates/resources you recommend?
    • I personally recommend Edmodo as a resource for online learning- both as a former educator and a parent. What I love about Edmodo from a teacher perspective is that it is free and easy to use and allows for teachers to schedule messages, quizzes, and polls ahead of time. As a parent, I also love Edmodo's ease of use and how easy it is to check on my kid's progress.
    • What are the expectations for teachers? students? parents?
    • I think it's fair to expect teachers to connect with students daily, either through a scheduled message or a daily poll or check in. By providing students with easy ways to check in daily, this helps set the standard for students to check in daily also. I think it's fair to provide a weekly update or poll for parents and communicate with them at a minimum of once a week. Of course this may vary based on the age level of your students.
    I hope this information is useful for you!

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    Sitaara Jones
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  • 7.  RE: Guidance for Best Practices in Online Learning

    Community Champion
    Posted 14 days ago

    Hi Megan, 

    Great questions that I think a lot of us are all still working through. At least, I know I am still working through a lot of them!

    I am the Director of Instructional Technology at a K-8 private school and while we don't have the challenges of most of our students not having devices or access, we did set up a check out plan for students who needed devices at home. The majority of our population does have access to those things, but there are a few families that don't. We also had parents who work for internet service providers generously offer to help get families online with free access for two months.

    One of the challenges for us was to find ways to streamline this for parents, so we required all of our teachers - even Kindergarten - to have a Google Classroom and have their students join. We worked like mad on the Friday before we knew our school was going to be closed to get K-2 students enrolled in Google Classrooms. While a lot of teachers are posting work and activities for the week on Classroom, it doesn't mean everything is done within the Classroom environment. We thought this was the best way to streamline; parents have ONE place to check, instead of email, Seesaw, Classroom, etc.
    I'm attaching a couple of documents; one is a generic set of guidelines we sent to teachers. The other is more of a long-term plan (and is still a working document). These have been very helpful in getting our teachers up and running, figuring out what our expectations are, as well as helping us to plan for longer term closure. We were hopeful this second document wouldn't need to be utilized, but of course, that doesn't seem to be the case now.
    This week we have been thinking through what our expectations are for students  in terms of returning work, what is being assessed, how it is being assessed, etc. The first couple of weeks of closure were seen more as enrichment activities rather than "must do."
    Going forward, we are suggesting our teachers focus on math and reading and create "must do" assignments that are expected to be turned in for a grade. Teachers will also create some optional assignments and then some "just for fun." Knowing, of course, that learning online is very different than direct instruction to our young students. 



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    Allison Thompson
    Director of Technology
    St. Gerard School
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  • 8.  RE: Guidance for Best Practices in Online Learning

    Community Champion
    Posted 14 days ago
    I made this about Assessments during school closures.


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    Nancy Penchev
    I Lab instructor
    Instructional Technology Coordinator
    Scheck Hillel Community School
    North Miami Beach, FL
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  • 9.  RE: Guidance for Best Practices in Online Learning

    Posted 13 days ago
    We are three weeks into remote teaching and learning at an international IB secondary school in Rome, Italy.  I am most interested in the pedagogy and have found some great resources at Quality Matters and iNacol as mentioned earlier.  I would also suggest webinars through OCL, the Online Learning Consortium (yesterday's on using UDL to design online lessons was very good) as well as edWeb.

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    Elizabeth Di Cataldo
    Dir Library, EdTech, and iLab
    St Stephen's School
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