Online University Teaching During and After the Covid-19 Crisis: Refocusing Teacher Presence and Learning Activity

Chrysi Rapanta, Luca Botturi, Peter Goodyear, Lourdes Guàrdia, Marguerite Koole

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Abstract

The Covid-19 pandemic has raised significant challenges for the higher education
community worldwide. A particular challenge has been the urgent and unexpected
request for previously face-to-face university courses to be taught online. Online
teaching and learning imply a certain pedagogical content knowledge (PCK), mainly
related to designing and organising for better learning experiences and creating distinctive learning environments, with the help of digital technologies. With this article,
we provide some expert insights into this online-learning-related PCK, with the goal of
helping non-expert university teachers (i.e. those who have little experience with online
learning) to navigate in these challenging times. Our findings point at the design of
learning activities with certain characteristics, the combination of three types of presence (social, cognitive and facilitatory) and the need for adapting assessment to the new
learning requirements. We end with a reflection on how responding to a crisis (as best
we can) may precipitate enhanced teaching and learning practices in the postdigital era.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-23
Number of pages23
JournalPostdigital Science and Education
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 7 Jul 2020

Keywords

  • Online teaching
  • Emergency situation
  • Covid-19
  • Higher education
  • Pedagogical content knowledge
  • Instructional design

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