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Online learning - what happens when it doesn't work?

Started by Karen 16 Jan 2017 3:10pm () Replies (8)

Hi everyone.

I am keen to hear people's thoughts about online learning in the classroom and at home and what happens if student's have difficulty accessing learning. Must all learners use the same spaces/websites? If something does not work efficiently for a learner is it possible to explore other options? E.G. If you are a school that uses Google Docs but that is not the best way of doing something for a learner, is the flexibility to use something different, such as Word locally on a laptop?

Many thanks

Karen

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  • Karen (View all users posts) 19 Jan 2017 8:57am ()

    Hi Ngaire

    Thanks for your input. I really appreciate it. I'm not so much worried about what resources to use as our learners have a range of technology toolbox solutions to use. I suppose I'm just more interested to know that if a learner was in a classroom and couldn't access information using the same means as their peers, would it be possible to use a different option.

    Cheers

    Karen

  • Karen (View all users posts) 25 Jan 2017 1:08pm ()

    Hey Tessa

    I like the use of the word blended too. And you are right about digital tools providing more accessibility for students. My concern really is that assistive technology is only part of the solution. If students are trying to access online learning - websites, apps etc. - that are not created to be accessible, then it often doesn't matter how good their AT is.

    We certainly have noticed that our learners have difficulty accessing some websites. Or there maybe parts of websites that work and some that don't. International data has shown that often real time features don't work - e.g. chat - which can impact negatively.

    Really just wondering about what solutions schools come up with when things don't work.

  • Karen (View all users posts) 25 Jan 2017 2:15pm ()

    Hi Allanah

    I am certainly a big fan of a mix of technologies, learning tools and skills being used, and deciding which to used based on what the specific task is. I suppose for our learners they bring their tools with them. It's not usually a case of picking up a device in a classroom as our learners need to use quite specific technologies that are set up to meet their needs.

    Your 'right tool for the job' is definitely one of the key ideas for us too. As is self-advocacy. It is so important for our learners to be able to talk about what works best for them and why.

     

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