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Stephen Downes

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The title of this article, a transcript of a talk by Sean Michael Morris to a virtual symposium at the University of Ottawa, alludes to the idea that we should "teach through the screen, not to the screen," which is good advice. Here he is making many of the same points to OEB in December. The key to teaching online, as Terry Anderson reminded us, is presence. The idea that there is a real person at the other end of the line. This is something we've known about for a long time, but indifferently practiced. The talk also reflects on the development of digital pedagogy, how practitioners adapted during the pandemic, and how "these and many other folks have taken on the pandemic with imagination, care, persistence, and a fortitude that are the hallmarks of lasting change." And also, most crucially, "education didn't need COVID-19 to make it necessary to ask these kinds of questions." As Will Richardson points out in LinkedIn, 'normal' was and is dysfunctional; "why do we want to go back to that?"

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