| Guest columnist
I have been teaching online for more than 15 years and my research agenda broadly focuses on learning in technology-enhanced environments, including online learning. While I do not claim to be an expert and fully admit I do not have all of the answers, I believe this perspective will help us better understand the challenges facing both students and educators right now.
What we witnessed this past March as schools and universities closed their face-to-face operations and quickly pivoted to emergency remote teaching in response to the COVID-19 pandemic does not represent the qualities of effective online learning. I don’t believe it is fair for us to judge hard-working educators based on this single experience or to judge the merits of online learning.
Although online learning continues to steadily grow in the United States, most educators have never taught online and were suddenly challenged