Course:EDUC5990 summer 2020

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Lessons and observations from the great switch to online delivery in 2020!

For this part of the course, rather than me providing all the readings, links and resources, we are rather going to collaboratively create the content over 10 or so days. I expect that further things to explore as well as tangents on what we have here initially will evolve as the class adds content and ideas to the wiki. On this, you can also add media of various sorts and the video in the course Moodle highlights some of the editing options. Please note that this activity, to collectively develop and explore ideas related to this is the main content for this week. Also, please note that this week's discussion questions are linked to this as well.

Ideally, we'll have some rich descriptions and commentary to accompany various links, media, etc.

The COVID-19 Pandemic and Education

Lessons and perspectives from Educators

Educators around the world have ....

A Faculty Perspective on COVID-19 Teaching: It's Too Soon to Make Pronouncements. By Andrew D. Spear.

Lessons and perspectives from Students

Lessons and perspectives from Institutions

Younger learners (K-5)

Hope where are you?

Given these turbulent times, many people have found ways to utilize educational technology to connect with their students. Not everyone’s’ experience being away from school, however, has been the same!

I recently attended a Webinar session hosted by the Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA) with Armand Doucet, the author of Hope where are you? a children’s book that was written and produced in collaboration with a number of volunteers, who were searching for ways trying to give back to the world. The session and the book are very insightful and inspirational.

Their website has a variety of great, easy to implement educator resources, and you can download the book (in a multitude of languages) for free. Moreover, it is a Creative Commons License, so feel free to use and reimagine its potential at will. From a global social justice perspective, they have also partnered with UNICEF to help provide relief to those impacted the most by the COVID pandemic. As the Hope, where are you? book and the movement are still a work in progress, they are still looking for volunteers for additional translations. I do not currently see any of our Indigenous languages represented yet, so if any of you have and “connections” to anyone that might be interested in participating, that would be AMAZING!

What I loved about the book in reference to the author’s message in the webinar is “Globally, we are all in this together” and that “We are in crisis learning, not online learning”, and “All our children/students have stories to share”, finally “This book is not about giving hope, it is about finding hope!”- Armand Doucet

I think HOPE is found at TRU😉

Click HERE is a link for more information about the #HopeWhereAreYou movement and their COVID-19 Response.

Alberta Teachers' Association Webinar Introduction: Hope, Where Are You? (Meet the Author)

A free children's book, titled “Hope, Where Are You?” Is the story of six children around the world who are experiencing school closures. Each story follows a similar pattern of frustration and challenge, finding their hope and importantly spreading their hope to others. 2020 will forever be known for COVID-19 and as the year in human history when almost all the schools in the world physically closed their doors to children and staff.

This book, which in just 3 weeks has spawned a global #HopeWhereAreYou movement will be the basis for an amazing discussion that you won’t want to miss.  It's been an unprecedented time and we are seeing the starting impact of school closures due to Covid-19 on children around the world. Schools will not be opening in the immediate future and when they do, they will look and feel very different to what they were like at the birth of the new year. Children are confused, many are scared, and the only constant seems to be the unknown. (May 28, 2020)


#HopeWhereAreYou. (2020). Retrieved June 02, 2020, from

Grades 6-12

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Academic Integrity, Privacy and Security questions



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