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Handbooks / Guidebooks
Title: Guidelines on distance education during COVID-19
Authors: Commonwealth of Learning
Attachment: Guidelines on distance education during COVID-19
Publisher: Commonwealth of Learning
Description: Distance and online learning have become the only means for many educational institutions to continue to provide education during the COVID-19. This set of guidelines published by a globally renowned intergovernmental organization on the promotion of Distance Education offers expert advice to governments, educational institutions, support staff, student bodies, parents and quality assurance and academic recognition bodies on distance and online education.
Title: Handbook on facilitating flexible learning during educational disruption: The Chinese experience in maintaining undisrupted learning in COVID-19 outbreak
Year: 2020
Authors: Huang, R. H., Liu, D. J., Tlili, A., Yang, J. F., Wang, H. H., et al.
Attachment: Handbook on Facilitating Flexible Learning During Educational Disruption
Publisher: UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education
Description: During the COVID-19 outbreak, the Chinese Ministry of Education launched an initiative to provide flexible online learning to over 270 million students from their homes. This handbook is a compilation of online learning strategies used during the outbreak, and contents are introduced along the following six dimensions: infrastructure; learning tools; learning resources; teaching and learning methods; services for teachers and students; and cooperation between government, enterprises, and schools.
Title: Online and open education in Shanghai: Emergency response and innovative practice during COVID-19 pandemic
Year: 2020
Authors: Institute for Information Technologies in Education, UNESCO, Shanghai Open University, and East China Normal University
Attachment: Online and Open Education in Shanghai
Publisher: UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education
Description: As other metropolis around the globe, Shanghai faced unprecedented challenges on its different levels of education during the COVID-19 pandemic. This report documents the emergency response and innovative teaching practices initiated by the local government, teachers, students, parents and education administrators, and the public on the provision of education during the pandemic.
Title: Online Teaching in the Time of COVID-19: Academic teachers’ experiences in Norway
Year: 2020
Authors: Malcolm Langford, M., & Damşa, C.
Attachment: Online Teaching in the Time of COVID-19
Publisher: University of Olso, Norway
Description: This report documents what has worked during the COVID-19 pandemic based on findings from a questionnaire survey of university teachers in Norway in 2020. The website also include a video introducing the main findings of the survey.
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Name:8 lessons learned from teaching online
Source: Educause
Length: 4:11
Description: This video introduces advice given by experts in the field of online teaching on improving online course. Techniques such as establishing social presence using digital storytelling, use technology intentionally, and making expectations explicit are offered.
Name:How to design your online course
Source:California State University
Length: 5:43
Description: This five-minute video highlights the basic principles of effective design of online courses.
Name:Learning to teach online
Source:University of New South Wales
Length:52 videos of less than 10 minutes each
Description:This is a Coursera MOOC course introducing effective online pedagogy designs and strategies that can be applied to online teaching.
Name:Best practices in online teaching
Source:Northern Illinois University
Description:This video includes best practices in planning and management, teaching techniques, and assessing and evaluating students in online learning.
Name:Supporting students’ well-being during COVID-19
Source: Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training and National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education
Length: 59:03
Description: The two speakers in this video suggest the following ways to support students’ wellbeing and success in online learning in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic: To understand students’ diverse strengths, needs and circumstances; to build connections online through a strong and positive teacher-presence; and finally to ensure students know the full range of support available to them.
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Webpages / Portals
Name: COVID-19: Higher education challenges and responses
Source: International Association of Universities
Description: This website contains a collection of pedagogical guidelines, online survey report and policy recommendations by bodies such as UNESCO, World Bank and Educause in responding to the challenges brought by COVID-19.
Name: How to effectively shift to online teaching: the ultimate guide
Source: TechSmith
Description: This is a comprehensive guide which contains eight sections. Both theories and practical guidelines on shifting to online teaching are offered in each section. The theoretical part covers humanized online learning, synchronous/asynchronous learning, quality and effective online course. The practical aspect covers video production, course building, types of videos, and ways to make course video more engaging and accessible.
Name: Moving online: What you can implement now
Source: Coursera
Description: This article offered by the Coursera, a major MOOC platform, offers many valuable yet practical guidelines for moving face-to-face courses online. Guidelines covers how to start live sessions with ice-breaker questions, introduction of key concepts, preview and debrief assessments, and logistics for success.
Name: Sustaining higher education in the coronavirus crisis
Source: EdSurge
Description: This is a collection of online resources on the reports on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on higher education, expert advice and webinars available for sustaining higher education in the COVID-19 pandemic.
Name: Enhancing online learning
Source: American Psychological Association
Description: This article in the American Psychological Association website offers not only teachers of psychology but higher education instructors tips for creating positive experience for students that is based on principles from educational psychology.
Name:How COVID changed our classrooms? A self-experiment of online teaching
Description: In this article, the author points out a gap exists between traditional classroom and online learning, and shifting to online teaching means reinventing the whole course experience. The author offers the following advice for teachers shifting to online teaching: Flip the classroom, ensure engagement, and be approachable.
Name:The shift to online teaching
Source:Harvard Graduate School of Education
Description:Although the guidelines provided in this website are for K-12 educators, many guidelines are highly suitable for higher education. Some good suggestions are to let pedagogy inform technology, to reestablish norms, and to encourage student engagement.
Name:5 online teaching techniques instructors must know
Description: This website suggests five simple techniques for conducting online teaching effectively, which are, namely, classroom flipping, mind mapping, self-learning, and adaptive learning.
Name: 5 strategies to improve your online teaching
Description: This website offers five general strategies for teachers to enhance their online teaching. In online teaching, teachers need to find ways to engage learners online and to create a supportive learning environment. Instructors are encouraged to use of mix of learning tools, provide ongoing feedback and make e-learning content mobile.
Name: Teaching with technology – Pedagogical tips
Source: The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Description: These tips focus on the integration of online technology with pedagogy. The tips cover topics such as using online platforms to conduct debate, peer teaching and learning, role play, online test and exercises, whole class discussions, and facilitation of student-directed learning. Links to external resources on learning platforms, mobile tools, videos, and good practice sharing are also available in this website.
Name: Effective teaching online
Source: Inside Higher Education
Description: This website summarizes the guidelines offered by four authors of books on online course development for those who are involved in online teaching with a particular focus on learner engagement. Seven tips are provided, namely, making online learning a group effort, focusing on active learning, chunking the lessons, keeping group sizes small, being present, parsing your time, and embracing multi-media assignments.
Name:Tips for engaging learners via Zoom
Source: University of Nebraska Medical Center
Description:This is a one-page note containing five tips for engaging learners in using Zoom. The five tips are setting expectations, orienting the learner, using the tools, encouraging participation and embracing the pause.
Name: General tips for online teaching and learning
Source: The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Description: This document provides technical guidelines on using Zoom, Blackboard and Office 360 to conduct online teaching. It is in the Q&A format and contains common questions and problems.
Name: Supporting every teacher: using a video conference platform for teaching online
Source: The Cambridge University Press
Description: This website contains guidelines on how to use Zoom for online teaching. A video on the procedures for using Zoom is also available in the website.
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FutureLearn is a popular portal that provides a broad range of educational resources as well as free and paid online courses offered by universities worldwide. Below are some of the courses recommended by FutureLearn for online teaching.
Course title:Online Teaching: Creating Courses for Adult Learners
Institution:The Open University
Duration:12 weeks
Description:Most school teaching around the globe has been substantially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and teachers have been forced to make a sudden shift to teaching online. This course covers the theories, technologies, experiences, and teaching skills for teaching adults online and at a distance.
Course title:Develop the Knowledge to Create Your Own Effective Virtual Scenarios
Institution:St George's, University of London
Duration:3 weeks, with 2 hours each week
Description:Participants of this course will explore how to use virtual scenarios in their own teaching or training. The instructors of the course are experts in disciplines such as medicine, legal and engineering. Topics covered include scenario-based learning, storytelling, technologies for supporting virtual scenarios, and the planning and development of a virtual scenario.
Course title:A Digital Edge: Essentials for the Online Learner
Institution:Dublin City University
Duration:2 weeks, with 3 hours each week
Description:This course is designed for equipping participants with the digital edge to success in online learning at universities. The course features interactivity in learning activities. Participants in this course will learn how to collaborate with others in online learning.
Course title:Teaching English Online
Institution:Cambridge Assessment English
Duration:4 weeks, with 5 hours each week
Description:This course is designed for both experienced and recently qualified teachers. It focuses on how to teach live online. The course covers key skills and knowledge to teach English online, such as how to develop language skills, how to plan and deliver online lessons, and how to reflect and improve professional practice.
Course title:The Online Educator: People and Pedagogy
Institution:The Open University
Duration:4 weeks, with 4 hours each week
Description:This course is designed for teachers, trainers, course designers and researchers who are involved in online education or training. It covers both the reflective and practical aspects of online teaching. Participants will reflect on their digital identity and plan for future development, identify ethical and accessibility issues related to online learning, as well as the relationship between technology, content, people and pedagogy in online teaching. On the practical aspect, this course enables participants to develop personas for designing online learning, apply accessibility guidelines to online teaching, and explore ways to shape their digital identity as an online educator.
Course title:Online Teaching: Evaluating and Improving Courses
Institution:The Open University
Duration:12 weeks
Description:This course facilitates educators, trainers, and institutions to implement evaluation on and improve their online teaching. It covers contents such as formulating course evaluation strategies, adopting an evaluation framework, designing an online course evaluation, and managing ethical issues.
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The IROPINE Research Resources (Archive) was part of a project funded by the Research Grants Council (UGC/IDS16/15), which ended at the end of December 2018.