Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

This article will read like review for a lot of people, but it's still a good overview of what the authors say are "best practices that educators know are integral to productive learning and growth." In particular, the strategies recommended are (paraphrased):

  • communicating expectations, including setting schedules for learners
  • developing a classroom community and building relationships
  • showing visuals, including models of completed work
  • including hands-on resources
  • scheduling breaks, and asking students to stretch, dance, or stand
  • checking in with students and offering focused support

These together offer "engaging, productive and meaningful distance learning," say the authors. I think they are useful as guidelines, but should not be followed word for word.

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Last Updated: Oct 20, 2020 10:19 a.m.