Homeschooling during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Learn how to identify strategies for supporting young learners and how parents can collaborate effectively within an emergency remote teaching context
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Globally, we are already experiencing closures in schools and universities, postponements or even cancellations of conferences and other organised events, and social distancing. To ensure a continuity in students’ learning, most governments are looking to find a solution in online education initiatives. Such initiatives may include the use of online synchronous communication and the design, delivery and assessment of online learning activities within a virtual learning environment. This training course aims to support teachers in their new role in online education, through the completion of 3-hour autonomous modules (1-hour online synchronous session + 2-hour autonomous study), teachers will be introduced to the most important elements of online learning.
Apart from the training and the learning activities that will take place within each autonomous module, teachers will have the opportunity to share questions, concerns, challenges, but also good practices related to effective online teaching. Support will be given to participants, ensuring a safe and open space of collaboration, co-creation and development.
After successful completion of this module, participants should be able to:
- Identify effective strategies for supporting young learners within an emergency remote teaching context
- Reflect on how parents and guardians can collaborate effectively within an emergency remote teaching context
A certificate of completion will be sent to successful participants. Successful completion can be achieved a) by attending the online session or b) completing the learning task assigned.
Whom is this course for?
This course is for teachers who work in primary, secondary, higher and vocational education. Also for people who facilitate online workshops and events and want to know more about online education and the different pedagogical approaches
Questions you may have
Q: Where to start?
A: You are invited to an online session where the main contents of the course are explained. If you can’t make it, you will have the option to watch the recording of the live session. Then, you can read the required and optional readings and complete a learning activity.
Q: Will I receive additional support during this training?
A: Apart from the learning activities that will take place in the course, you will have the opportunity to share questions, concerns, challenges, but also good practices related to the contents of the course. We want to ensure that this is a safe and open space of collaboration, co-creation and development.
Q: Do I have to be online during specific times/days?
A: No. The online, synchronous session will be recorded and available to watch it whenever you have time. However, we encourage participation during the online session, because it is a great opportunity to create community, share doubts and good practices.
Q: Where will this course take place?
A: The course will take place within Digital Society School’s virtual learning platform
Meet the facilitator of the course
Dimitrios Vlachopoulos has worked as faculty member in different universities in the Netherlands, the UK, the USA, Spain and Cyprus, mainly conducting research in education sciences and teaching in post-graduate and doctorate programs in the field of pedagogy and business administration. He is a committed lifelong learner with a PhD in distance education and instructional technology and 6 MA degrees in education and social sciences. His research focuses on new and emerging pedagogies, instructional design, research methodology, digital transformation, teachers’ training and quality assurance in education. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). He has more than 90 publications in peer-reviewed journals, books and international conferences and has participated in more than 15 EU projects related to education and ICT. His Google Scholar profile can be accessed here.
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