How COVID-19 Forced Higher Education to Teach in the Cloud

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Shaun L McKay Discusses the Pivot to e-Learning and how Higher Education has Adapted in Response to COVID-19

MANORVILLE, NY / ACCESSWIRE / September 29, 2020 / While universities have progressed into e-learning over the past two decades, many, including Santa Clara University, had not offered an online course until the COVID-19 pandemic caused an emergency need to host classes. While universities only began offering these courses in March 2020, Dr. Shaun L. McKay examines the lessons learned so far by higher education on e-learning in this article.

Educator Shaun L. McKay Explains the Lessons Learned

1. What higher education offered on the fly since March does not constitute real e-learning, counsels career educator Shaun L. McKay. An e-learning program and each of its courses require months of planning and preparation.

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Lessons learned from the forced experiment in online education

Dean Van Doleweerd, assistant head of learning, and a student during orientation week at Lakefield College School.

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After Lakefield College School had to close, like everyone else, because of the pandemic, they came up with the idea of offering virtual French cooking classes and other topics for the larger community.

Surprisingly, they found that their own students signed up in droves, which made them realize something: Students were interested in learning; they were not tired of Zoom, they just needed some variety, says Dean Van Doleweerd, assistant head of learning.

With about 40 international students unable to start the year in person, the school, near Peterborough, Ont., is still functioning partly in remote mode.

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“The private schools pivoted fantastically” to move students online, says educational consultant Elaine Danson, who works with families with children in the public and the private school systems.


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