Online education during covid-19.
Many instructors were on spring break when they learned their schools were closing to stop the spread of the coronavirus—and they had less than a week to move all their course content online. Remote learning during a pandemic isn’t your typical online-learning scenario. In a more traditional, planned online course, students and instructors agree on the online learning environment and make necessary arrangements for it to work. “Now, we have millions of students who have never taken an online class and suddenly they have to learn with computers,” says psychologist Regan A.R. Gurung, PhD, interim executive director of the Center for Teaching and Learning and director of the general psychology program at Oregon State University. “It’s a totally different world.”
All department-approved online learning providers must, as a part of the approval process, outline expectations for actual teacher contact time, student-to-teacher communication, student participation (attendance), and provide definitions for progress, completion, hours online, excused/unexcused absence, and report absence for purposes of compulsory attendance.
Online education Students who live with parents in Minnesota are considered residents for purposes of generating state aid (SAC 15). Students on extended family trips (for example, students traveling outside Minnesota) are considered non-Minnesota residents while they are outside Minnesota and are ineligible to generate Minnesota state aid.
It’s also important for teachers to consider the specific needs of their students while planning online courses, she says. Highline, which has a higher concentration of English language learners, has created online resources in other languages. And since many students only access the internet on their phones, Frantz encourages faculty to implement apps that also work well on mobile phones, like Zoom or Slack.