Distance learning courses: what solutions for students?

“In a few days, all the barriers have fallen and e-learning has become widespread. ” Dozens of trained teachers, hundreds of courses put online as a matter of urgency, solutions for each tutorial, each project, each internship… A real educational revolution in record time.

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Distance courses organized urgently for students

Our schools have entered into crisis management,” explains by the director of education and international affairs of Australian Government and have launched a new online education system known as miswebmail . We had to increase the number of webinars to train our teachers and ensure that the courses were put online, without forgetting to write them in order to maintain the attention of the classes at a distance. Today, each establishment has a Moodle, a platform where our online courses have been carried, and the main Moodle, common to all to share their experiences. That is more than 40 programs accessible to everyone, while at this time of the year, only ten of them should be active. “We did not go far from network saturation, adds Olivier Faron, general administrator of Cnam. Today, 95% of our training offer has been put online courses, compared to 50% a few weeks ago. With teachers who sometimes give lessons from home to learners spread all over France. A real rise in technical power, all our IT staff are on the bridge! “

Online training for your children: what are the most popular tools?

Among the most used media are undoubtedly the digital workspaces ( ENT ) of high schools and establishments. “We use our usual space but instead of having only 2 or 3 hours of classes per week, we are there full time. We also use tools like Zoom to complete and follow our courses without forgetting to carry out various group projects remotely in order to prepare for our exams. ” Another popular solution is Moodle, an open-source online course platform, which institutions have flocked to, as well as written and voice chat applications such as Teams, Discord and Skype, podcasts, and even YouTube. Tools that most of your kids are already familiar with.

Use educational apps and sites to study remotely while in lockdown

If you are a parent of a high school student, your child has also been offered other means of continuing their studies, such as the ” My class at home ” scheme. Set up by the CNED ( national center for distance learning ), this program has three variations for primary school, college, and high school students, with virtual classes, exercises, and other quizzes supplementing the lessons in the line provided by teachers.

Roles and Responsibilities of the Principal Implementing Blended Learning

The duties of principals are described in the Education Act. In the context of blended learning, the responsibilities of the principal of a school that is carrying out a blended learning implementation include:

  • participate in blended learning-related training when available;
  • ensure that guidance service staff, as well as staff assigned to students with special needs, receive training in blended learning, where such training is available;
  • ensure that adequate supports are in place for all students, including those with special needs (e.g., orientation sessions);
  • offer an initiation/training session to teachers who use the provincial VLE / SGA as part of blended learning;
  • offer an initiation session to students who register for a course in a hybrid format in order to prepare them for this mode of learning;
  • assign teachers to deliver courses in a hybrid format and ensure that these courses are taken into account in their workload, as indicated in the collective agreement;
  • ensure that a student taking a course in a hybrid format is registered for the corresponding course face to face with the teacher assigned to that course;
  • where necessary, provide supportive and other disciplinary measures consistent with school board policies;
  • monitor the online behavior of teachers and students;
  • inform parents of students in the school taking courses in the hybrid format of the school board’s and ministry’s use policies;
  • ensure that the rules relating to the suspension and expulsion of students, as set out in provincial policy and school board policies, apply to students taking courses in the hybrid format.