Schools are responding to emerging challenges in shifting to an online teaching and learning environment in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Churchie is focused on developing the capacity of teachers to successfully navigate the change from a physical to an online teaching environment.
In March, Churchie's teachers, the academic leadership team and school IT services created School at Home, utilising a range of digital platforms already well-established in the School's learning and teaching programmes as well as new technology, such as Zoom. School at Home was introduced initially to Reception to Year 9 in week nine, and then to the full school in week ten, of Term 1.
In the development and transition to School at Home, teachers need to navigate a myriad of changes/challenges physically disconnected from their students and peers and detached from their regular teaching space. Concurrently, they need to build their competency in using new online technologies but integrate these with their existing use of digital platforms and pedagogies. Finally, they need to be mindful of relevant evidence from the cognitive sciences concerning how learners engage in their learning, individually (many for the first time) and in remote settings.
In an attempt to balance numerous and at times opposing forces, the Churchie Research Centre has engaged in a quick scan of the relevant literature to provide initial advice to get teachers underway in their new paradigm. The School at Home guide contains reviewed related research from the fields of cognitive psychology/science, digital technology and online teaching and learning to distil some critical concepts that will assist teachers as they make their transition to teaching online.
The Churchie Research Centre is focussed on developing further resources as the research is developed, and as teachers engage with this paradigm shift in education.
View the School at Home guide below