The pandemic brought about global changes to the way the world learns. For some, virtual learning became a lifeline to continue offering instruction and access to education. As the world tries to transition to a post-COVID-19 society, K–12 school leaders must decide the best paths for continuing online learning.
When schools began to shut their doors, many scrambled to implement remote learning. Some had existing ecosystems and were able to pivot more smoothly. For others, there were understandable concerns about shifting to a fully remote learning experience.
For some students, the transition to remote learning proved to be an improved instructional option. They were able to access course work and complete assignments without distraction and possibly with extended time. Districts were surprised that previously at-risk students were now excelling.
So How Do You Move Ahead and Not Fall Behind?
1. Keep It Simple
When you begin to transition from face-to-face to fully remote learning, it’s important to keep things simple. Don’t try to do everything at once. Take a look at what you’re comfortable with and decide which features and tools you want to leverage first.
As much as possible, keep everything within the learning management system (LMS) ecosystem to help eliminate clutter and distraction for students. Once you’re ready, let students get comfortable with interactive tools such as Video Note™ and discussions. From there, you can embed these assets into the content and assessments within the LMS, and off you go!
2. Construct and Conduct Assessments Online
Creating or importing assessments in the LMS can be a great asset! Many can be fully or partially auto-graded, can help determine learning paths for individual students, and can assist the teacher in grouping students with similar needs and interests. In addition, real-time reports can be made available so teachers can reflect on not only student performance but assessment validity as well.
3. Make Remote Learning Personal
As the world became remote, parents and teachers worried about students missing out on social interactions. Fortunately, remote doesn’t have to mean isolated. With built-in integrations with some of the most popular web conferencing tools—including Zoom and Teams—D2L Brightspace® can help enable students to participate in live learning and club activities.
D2L Brightspace is designed with the learning experience in mind. With engaging tools such as Pulse, Video Note, Video Assignment, and discussions, students don’t have to miss out on socializing or face-to-face instruction.
4. Use the Tools You’ve Always Loved
Many teachers already have apps they and their students love to use, which is why you want your LMS to act as a singular source that brings these together. There’s no need to ditch what’s working when you can infuse it into your courses. Create word walls. Let students storyboard. Make a comic strip. Whatever you’re doing in the classroom can often be done virtually. The sky can be the limit!
D2L Can Be Your Partner on This Journey
While other LMS providers may be updating their platforms to better accommodate blended learning, D2L has been supporting optimal learning for all modalities for two decades. And we’re not just there during the initial transition. We stay with you to support your vision and growth.
After all, school districts need strategic partners—not just technology vendors—to help students reach their potential.