Across the globe educational institutions are faced with a new or increased challenge of teaching by remote or through distance learning. The new challenges are shared by both students, parents, and educators — who must adjust to a new (temporary) normal. Virtual learning, while not new, requires all involved to engage differently, which means they also need tools to successful matriculation. These texts on virtual learning may be of benefit:

Paper to Screen — The Future of Education: Tips for Teacher, Students & Parents During Coronavirus Times, By Vikas Singh
This book is written in Plain English help find answer to these questions and more. This Global pandemic has forced people to stay indoors and social distancing is the new norm. All the schools, colleges, and universities are seeing suspension of all academic activities on the campuses. However, the teaching-learning process must continue and there is a need that the learning process gets shifted to the online platform. Only a few teachers were involved in online teaching in both K-12 and higher education before this pandemic. Teachers who have only taught in the classrooms using chalk and talk method are now finding this transition to online teaching to be a daunting task. Academic administrators and university leaders are finding it difficult to assure quality of teaching and use online assessment tools to measure learning attainment. Parents are also on the same boat of discomfort and anxiety as they have never experienced their kids to study at home for hours using screen and not papers. This book has tips and actionable points for smooth transition to online teaching from regular brick and mortar classrooms.

Taking Colleges Online: How Smart Institutions and Their Leaders Can Approach Online Education Now and in a Post Coronavirus World, By Lindsay McKenzie, Doug Lederman

From showcasing how some institutions were preparing to grow online before the pandemic hit to how schools will now continue to expand online learning in light of the pandemic and potentially for the long term, this report lays out the pros and cons of different approaches to online instruction. Learn how to design the virtual programs that will fit your institution’s budget, mission and enrollment goals. Inside Higher Ed is the leading digital media company serving the higher education space. Since their founding in 2004, they have become the go-to online source for higher education news, thought leadership, careers and resources.

The COVID-19 Solutions Guide, By Ronald Baecker, Gary Feldman

COVID-19 upended life as we knew it. To navigate the “new normal,” our guide examines the adoption and adaptation of technology in response to the global pandemic. The COVID-19 Solutions Guide provides an easy-to-follow overview of what’s going on in the world and relevant resources and tools to respond to the changing global circumstances.

After COVID-19: Moving Forward in the Secondary Classroom, By William Morris

After COVID-19: Moving Forward in the Secondary Classroom is about addressing the challenges you and your students are facing now in a virtual learning environment and will be facing once you return to the brick and mortar classroom. Some of the material herein is familiar ground, reinforced by suggestions on how you and your classroom can adapt to a post-dystopian world. Included are suggestions on how to modify the physical classroom environment and teaching itself in order to maximize learning in your students. Having taught in the aftermaths of several natural disasters, I know that returning to the classroom and to the normal flow of teaching and learning requires structure, creativity, and patience. With determination, careful preparation, and the belief that all kids can learn, your return to the classroom will be a catharsis, a moment to celebrate.

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