How can we create virtual proximity to engage students in peer relationships during remote learning?
Tell us about your idea
Students go to school to see their peers! Middle and high students follow individualized class schedules but share physical proximity to drive peer relationships. With remote learning, students are cut adrift in a sea of interchangeable sessions with no place to interact. Now, virtual peer groups can "co-locate" students in a co-working environment to support individual and collaborative learning. Each group, guided by a coach, moves together through online courses and shares services, resources, and schedules to create continuity in experiences over semesters. In new meeting technology, students in work sessions move around for conversations in pairs and small groups, post Pinterest boards with playlists, and share resources and social media finds. Schools provide a virtual proximity for joint and collaborative peer learning, and peers move together through learning milestones.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.
As a parent, I saw how students experienced the loss of peer engageent with the move to online learning. Social learning in the physical classroom is more fun and motivating for students, and the norms and joint actions in a shared environment support students as they move through instruction. Losing physical co-location results in undesirable consequences for both learning and peer relationships. What if we could design a virtual class where new relationships can emerge naturally over time and enrich learning experiences?