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Online education vs. Emergency remote teaching

I have been asked a lot lately to compare online learning our children are experiencing now with the face-to-face learning. I try not to do it for a very simple reason. It seems to me that what is going on now is not a well thought-off online learning, but a remote teaching that had to be arranged at a very short notice. The same way, when you are preparing for a dinner with guests in advance you have an opportunity to buy the groceries you wish, to decide what you will cook, to cater to their tastes and needs. This might be a very lavish and amazing dinner. But sometimes your guests might come on a very short notice and you don’t have the luxury of time to have the right groceries at home and the time to cook them. But despite that you can still make a great dinner and you will all enjoy it. I think the same is happening with online education today. I think the following paper speaks to that very nicely:

https://er.educause.edu/articles/2020/3/the-difference-between-emergency-remote-teaching-and-online-learning

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