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
- Responding to the Coronavirus Emergency with e-Learning
- Open content created
- Assessments in online delivery
- Tools used to engage students in online delivery
- Mentoring student group work onlin.
- 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 2016So 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.