My experience as a parent & designer during the school closures has sparked many many new ideas for how e-learning can be re-designed.
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Since e-learning began at my (third grade, public school, Chicago area) son’s school, every day brings a new series of checklists and a new glitch. Links broken. Embedded assignments missing. Videos don't appear. A dozen logins to remember. Systems and products that were never designed to work together are not working together!
The two things that stand out are:
1. The amount of time we, parent and student, are spending with broken links, passwords, and the gauntlet of just entering an assignment into the teacher.
Problem: For a Math Lesson with my 3rd grade son, here is a rough task analysis:
Starts in Schoology on his iPad> Math Course > Daily Folder > Check Assignment>Safari Browser> Zearn> Login to Zearn> Complete Lessons>Back to Schoology Math>Daily Folder>Find Exit Ticket (pdf Eureka Math)>Mom sends it to her computer> print pdf> Completes exit ticket with pencil>Photograph >Back to Schoology Math>Daily Folder>Find Exit Ticket> Submission Folder> Add submission> post his picture of his Exit Ticket> Done!
Possible solution: We need an emergency consortium in educational technology to work out better integration and standards for compatibility. Fewer passwords, smoother transitions, handshakes that don’t frustrate those already distressed.
2. The loss of live interaction between the students as well as students and teacher.
Idea: Focus on the social and emotional aspects of e-learning. My son is bored with the sameness, and even with a fairly small class, he is craving more interaction. See https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yD04Fhve1HSLOQxI7etnIN-BOcanb8Fw/view
Engagement without so much technical interference would certainly go a long way for this parent/student duo.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.
I am a passionate and concerned parent and human centered designer hoping for a chance to add to the greater conversation that is happening around shaping e-learning in the coming weeks and months.