Learning is more than the exposure to facts and the acquisition of knowledge. Schools provide a host of academic opportunities that are built into the DNA of their existence. Switching to remote teaching and learning is a dramatic change from ‘business as usual’ for institutions that have provided a consistent experience for generations.
However, recent events have shown us that much like fire, tornado and safety drills, schools must also now plan for instruction to continue when students (and staff) are unable to meet in person.
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That said, we recommend schools consider the 3 Cs when examining remote learning: Content, Communication and Control.
Content is probably the easiest factor to control. Now, more than ever, there is a tremendous amount of information available for free or at a very low cost. The “what” of instruction has never been easier to access both in-person and from afar. As a matter of fact, it’s now easier to get overwhelmed with too much content.