Educators need time for online learning to be effective

Albert D. Ritzhaupt
 |  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

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How to make online learning effective?

How to make online learning effective?

Joel Santos ( – September 28, 2020 – 10:04am

Second of a five-part series

MANILA, Philippines — How to make online learning effective?

The rush to put education online amid the pandemic is unprecedented. Academic Institutions that have little to no experience with it are forced, within a couple of months, to throw together online programs for its students. As a result, complexities that ordinarily would be considered for such a critical shift, may not have been prepared for or even thought about. This has resulted in the hashtags among students such as #AcademicFreezeNow, and #AcademicEaseNow.

Thames International School had two years of blended and online learning experience in partnership with Singapore edutech companies before the pandemic. This head-start allowed Thames International to “survive” the school lockdowns by the government last March 2020. As such, 9 out of 10 Thames students said that

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Dr. Robert Redfield, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, addressed criticism that forced the CDC to supersede its guidance. The clarification now says people without symptoms should be tested.

Redfield told

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