Online Learning journal: Special issue on COVID-19 and remote learning
In a special issue of the journal Online Learning edited by Shanna Smith Jaggars, assistant vice provost of research and program assessment for the Office of Student Academic Success, Jaggars introduces the work of experts and practitioners from across the U.S. and internationally who made an emergency transition to remote learning during the pandemic.
The new issue is divided into three sections: teaching, learning and student support challenges in the United States; case studies on specific courses or programs; and international perspectives during the pandemic. Articles in the issue address challenges faced by students due to the “digital divide,” including unequal access to reliable high-speed internet, and other issues such as maintaining instructor connectedness during remote learning and best practices in online education.
“The articles in this Special Issue provide a rich portrait of the teaching and learning challenges which characterized the initial emergency transition in Spring 2020, and detail the approaches of administrators and teachers as they attempted to overcome those challenges,” Jaggars writes in her introduction. “Along the way, these studies provide lessons in terms of how to better prepare for future public emergencies, as well as how to improve student success more generally, in both online and in-person settings.”