Winter 2020 - Volume 23, Issue 4
- Replicating Classroom Experiences in an Online Environment in Nigeria: The New Face of Librarian
- A Case Study of College of Business (COB) Faculty Attitudes, Perceptions, and Concerns Related to Distance Learning
- Increasing Faculty Efficacy with Targeted Preparation for Teaching Online: A Case Study
- Uncovering the Challenges and Leadership Practices of Virtual School Principals
- The Effectiveness of Adaptive Learning Software on Exam and Course Outcomes in Online Precalculus Courses
- Supporting Online Doctoral Students to Increase Persistence and Completion
- Free for All: An Open Source Online Based Teaching Template
- Inclusive Design Thinking- Model for Inclusive Course Development
- Quality Assurance Implementation: How It Works
- Reflections, Challenges, and Strategies for Online Academic Instruction: A Faculty Perspective on the Rapid Transition from Face-to-face to Online Instruction During the COVID-19 Crisis
- Elementary Educators’ Experiences Teaching during COVID-19 School Closures: Understanding Resources in Impromptu Distance
From the Editor
As the anxiety-ridden 2020 finally rolls to an end, I’m left thinking about what comes next in online learning. Uncertainty remains, but what we know is that we’re never going back to 2019. Most of us agree that spring 2020 semester was grossly less than ideal as we built online courses and trained faculty in about three to seven days. But we came out of it with increased passion for accessibility and a revitalized appreciation for hybrid delivery.
And as proctored exam systems became overwhelmed, we finally played around with more creative and genuine assessment alternatives. Of course, we were able to achieve just as much or more with remote work and meetings (yes, some were dull), but realized the vast importance of occasional informal hallway small talk.
As we begin to see a glimmer of light ahead, it’s okay to be grateful for the vast opportunities and one-in-a-lifetime lessons these challenges brought. But as for 2020 itself, don’t let the door hit you on your way out.
Peace and Virtual Hugs to All,
Melanie N. Clay, Ph.D.