Thank you, Susan, for your response. This really helps to highlight the overlap between human-centered design and progressive education. Both require listening, deep empathy and understanding of the user or student. We see this in the emphasis on advisory or crew in school networks like EL Education and High Tech High.
Perhaps one consideration for designers of remote learning programs would be something along the lines of, any experience should support or encourage the development of the learners' relationships (with the facilitator/teacher or other learners). Or it might lead to a question of, how will doing this activity help me know my student (or my teacher) better? Again, thank you!