Connecting learners through technology in COVID-19: Facilitating pre-service teacher collaboration during the pandemic

Date

2020

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Publisher

Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)

Abstract

When the COVID-19 global health crisis disrupted a University semester in-progress, instructors for the technology integration courses at a large, public university faced multiple challenges in maintaining instructional continuity and community. Specifically, we explored instructional strategies and technologies that would foster online learner engagement and connection during this time. We redesigned course activities for the online format and utilized mobile instant messaging, digital whiteboard, and synchronous session technologies in conjunction with the learning management system functionality. Early results based on instructor reflections and student feedback offer insights into how the collaborative strategies and tools have fostered meaningful social connectedness for students and instructors during the pandemic. Suggestions for collaborative technology applications to support online teaching are provided.

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Keywords

connectedness, collaborative technologies, online learning, pre-service education, educational technology

Citation

Copyright 2020 Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Recommended citation: Gronseth, S., J. Fu, W. Hebert, H. Zhang, L. Ugwu, and P. Nguyen. "Connecting learners through technology in COVID-19: Facilitating pre-service teacher collaboration during the pandemic." Teaching, technology, and teacher education During the COVID-19 pandemic: Stories from the field (2020): 179-185. URL:https://www.learntechlib.org/p/216903/. Reproduced in accordance with the original publisher’s licensing terms and with permission from the author(s).