We need to design remote learning experiences WITH youth and to use innovative research methods to listen deeply to youth voices.
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Too often, we design educational experiences / platforms / tools FOR students, rather than WITH them. The COVID-19 pandemic is bringing these issues of agency to the foreground. With few exceptions, mainstream accounts of remote learning experiences during the pandemic are focusing on two groups of stakeholders: parents and teachers. When student input is included in the design and assessment of such initiatives, it is often in the form of surveys or other evaluation methods that don’t sufficiently make space for student voices, nor genuinely center youth agency.
Here, I’d like to push all remote learning stakeholders to approach this challenge first and foremost from the perspective of youth, making a deliberate effort to listen to students and lift up their voices.
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I'm an Assistant Professor in the Communication, Media & Learning Technologies Design program at Teachers College, Columbia University. My research examines young people’s digital participation, with a particular focus on the civic and political aspects of youth creative expression in online spaces. In studying youth online participation, I prioritize listening to youth voices as a way to understand opportunities and challenges that shape their social, cultural and educational contexts.