Gerry from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, entering into our first discussion board for SIEC-ISBE. Although I am currently not teaching, but did for over 40 years, I am really interested in learning more about what teachers are doing to help students finish their semesters, especially those who have never taught online. Are most high schools and universities reaching their students by online learning platforms now? Have any high schools ended their academic programs for the spring semester because of COVID-19? Are all or most universities and colleges transferring all learning to some type of online platform? Will grades be letter grades or Pass / Fail in those new online teaching formats? What are advantages / disadvantages of P / F grades? If you have never taught online in either your high school or university classes, how are you coping? Who is helping you, if anyone, put classes online?
Would you be interested in being involved with other teachers overseas via Zoom or Skype exchanges, other discussion boards, etc.? We would be especially keen to involve those who want international exchanges of online discussions in business curriculum. This is a forum to get ideas and help.
I am inviting any of you who are SIEC-ISBE members to join in on this conversation. Feel free to respond to any of the questions I have posed above? This social distancing is something new for all of us, but dealing with it in the environment of teaching presents numerous challenges. Let's discuss them. Please state your city, state, and country when you respond so we know where you are from.
Wish to learn too.
Good day, Adeyanju Bamidele Ester. Please cite your city, state, and country when you respond so we know where you are from and specifically what are you most interested in. Thank you!
Emanuel Mizzi - Malta
At the University of Malta, I co-ordinate lectures with business education student-teachers who are following a two-year masters degree course in teaching and learning. This course enables students to teach accounting, business studies and economics at secondary school level. As Malta was placed in an emergency situation due to Covid-19 last March, we immediately moved our lectures to online mode. Initally, I attended online lectures in Zoom and Panopto organised by the IT services section of my University.
I am finding Zoom particularly useful. What I find most useful is being able to share powerpoint, WORD documents and other open windows with students. It facilitates interaction, both verbally and also through the chat facility. I have also started using Zoom instead of other applications (Skype and Messenger calls) for other face-to-face meetings. The lectures could be sequenced to allow time for formal lecturing, discussion amongst students, viewing a video clip (send link to students via the chat facility), a short coffee break to allow interaction between the students themselves, ... One can be innovative in employing a varied pedagogy.
Panopto allows for recorded lectures. Up to now, I haven’t used this facility; I tend to prefer live lectures. I have also attended a one-day online course on Entrepreneurship at the UCL Enterprise and Innovation. The platform used was Google Teams, which I experienced as very useful.
lecturers around the world are in the same situation and we could share our experiences, Therefore, I think that an exchange of information and opinions as it was initiated by SIEC-ISBE is extremely important.
Teachers as well as students at the business college where I teach are used to work with online tools, We managed the shift from face-to-face teaching to distance learning successfully. Virtual meeting conferences are held regularly via ZOOM or TEAMS. Preparing assignments has changed and must meet the requirements of COOL - cooperative open learning settings.
My challenge as teachers is the production of my own teaching videos and interactive work sheets. For this reason I use 2 online sources I ´d like to share with you:
Thanks to my colleague Sandra who provided the links and is a real expert in these online tools.
Thank you, Evelyn, for sharing how you are handling instruction during Covid-19 times in Austria. ZOOM has picked up a lot of business lately. Producing your own videos and interactive work sheets takes a lot of additional preparation time. Those of us who have taught a good distance education course know how hard it is to have nearly the entire course set up before the start of the course, but with this current state of events, educators have been forced to swim . . . or risk sinking.
I am planning to conduct a research study into how the world reacted to education during COVID-19. The study will follow a Delphi format with 3 - 4 rounds. I am looking for 10 -12 faculty in each category:
Primary/Secondary School--Ages 6 - 16/18 (US grades K-12)
Post Secondary School--Ages 16 - 20 (US Community College)
If you are interested, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am also looking for a co-author from outside of the US to join me on the study.
Your research study as to how educational institutions world wide reacted to handling instruction during Covid-19 times would be most interesting. To seek a wider audience of readers, may I suggest you place this on our SIEC-ISBE Facebook page, too. I am not teaching currently, or I would be happy to join your group.
Wishing you great success in this project.
Will do, Gerry