Saturday, July 25, 2020

Higher Education After COVID-19

I will presenting "Responding to the Coronavirus Emergency with e-Learning" July 29, 8-9 am, AEST (Canberra Time) as part of the Microlearning Series curated by Manisha Khetarpal at Maskwacis Cultural College in Canada. This is the first of six weekly sessions:

Higher Education After COVID-19

  1. Responding to the Coronavirus Emergency with e-Learning  
  2. Open content created
  3. Assessments in online delivery
  4. Tools used to engage students in online delivery
  5. Mentoring student group work onlin.
  6. Higher education after COVID-19: Not business as usual
These are online, open to all and free, but please register now. Suggestions are welcome.

Part 1: Responding to the Coronavirus Emergency with e-Learning

Preparing for COVID-19 Three Years Before: a Foreseen Emergency 

Slides and notes (PDF)

This first talk is based on a testimonial I wrote, published by Athabasca University 17 April, as an alumni writing about how my studies effected my life. In this case the effect was very direct: I studied how to teach international students from China and India online. The last thing I wrote in my capstone before graduating was:
"International tensions could disrupt the flow of students to Australia very quickly" From Conclusion: Tom Worthington MEd(ED) ePortfolio,  Athabasca University, 6 December 2016
So I suggested universities should be ready to teach online if students could not get to campus. What I was expecting was international tension in a region such as the South China Sea, preventing students traveling to Australia. In teaching professional ethics to students I had used a hypothetical where a misunderstanding results in a cyberwar breaking out.

Three years later students were unable to get to campus, but due to COVID-19, not a war. I was in Canberra, and my 154 students were scattered around the world.

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