The chaos from the COVID-19 Corona Virus continues to impact in many ways great and small.
I just called the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission for information about a bill and got a recording saying the commission is shut down until further notice. No one is answering the LRC phones. So, I called the information number at the Kentucky Department of Education and that call was transferred to a communications office staffer working from home. The education department’s offices at Sower Boulevard are apparently empty.
There are tons of other impacts, of course. Some especially important ones concern the education of Kentucky’s children. Without question, the COVID-19 outcomes for kids are certain to be profound, but it is far to early to gauge those impacts.
Still, some research has started. Interesting information was presented yesterday during an Education Writers’ Association webinar titled “Remote Learning 101 in the Time of COVID-19.”
One of the participants in this webinar was Benjamin Herold, who is with the Education Week newspaper but currently is on sabbatical. Herold used several slides to illustrate his points yesterday, and I have his permission to share some of them with you here.
I’ll start in this first blog with a slide dealing with a new term I had not seen before COVID-19 came along.
Herold’s key point here is that what our teachers are currently attempting to do across Kentucky doesn’t really fit into any of the existing models of digital or distance learning and instead the current situation is more correctly considered to be “Emergency Remote Teaching,” basically a crisis response to something that no one really planned for in advance.
Herold’s slide quotes from an article by Charles Hodges, Stephanie Moore, Barb Lockee, Torrey Trust and Aaron Bond that says:
“Well-planned online learning experiences are meaningfully different from courses offered online in response to a crisis or disaster.”
I think the concerns of all of these researchers are on target for Kentucky. Click the “Read more” link to learn why.