Fundamentally, one mode or tech is not ‘better’ than another. What is important is how we connect them as a learning narrative and how we communicate that narrative to foster engagement. This helps to ensure we provide opportunities which are mindful of the range of technical, geographical (time-zone), cognitive, social and emotional contexts/experiences of our students and teaching staff.
David White uses his
to make sense of online learning and the challenge of engagement during such times when everybody is forced into different spaces. He explains that what matters is not the technology, but rather the learning narrative that surrounds this use. It was interesting reading this alongside .
The question right now for educators should not be “what technology do I need to move my class online?” The question should be “what am I doing to support my students (and my colleagues and my family)?” Start there — not with tech but with compassion.
With so much discussion of the pivot to technology and learning at home, Audrey Watters suggests that our focus needs to be on care and compassion.
Thank you always for your honesty and openness Pernille. I feel that the most important thing to consider at the moment is care for self and others.
Lots of people are suddenly finding themselves working from home, and need to join video conferences from their living room or home office. Here are several tips to improve your virtual meetings and presentations on a budget! I’ll start with some things you can do for free to improve your Zoom meetings. If you’re recording virtual conference talks from home, or hosting live webinars, you’ll definitely want to upgrade to a nicer camera, so take a look at my recommendations for the best video kits under $500 and under $1000!
There has been a lot written about the various applications that allow you to connect online via video. However, Aaron Parecki addresses the various tools which can help improve the audio and visual quality of recordings. The only thing I wonder if I would add to the list is a portable green screen to mask the background? I remember someone sharing a sleeve you could put on the back of your chair, not sure what impact all of that has on sound and lighting.