EDU 522: Digital Teaching and Learning Too

Summer Bootcamp 2020

J. Gregory McVerry

Remote Learning

by torbakhopper is licensed under CC BY-ND

Suddenly we felt stripped of everything that made us teachers. Ghosts of classrooms tangled together through wires.

Yet different does not mean deficit. We can explore strategies to making remote learning an embodied ative learnign space driven by student to student interaction. Even in lo-fi environments teachers can engage in practices to help ensure as many students as possible stay engaged

At the same time the "old normal" never worked for every child. Just because I child occupied a seat it didn't mean they were there, and many more places matter in school beyond your classroom. How can we rethink school from an equity first perspective that builds in all the lessons students learn "around" school in extracurricular activities and sports?

In this module we will look at active learning strategies in the classroom,

The Readings

Ten Active Learning Strategies For Online Learning

25 Better Practices from Cognitive Science

14 Teaching Tips for Online Learning

The Tasks


Complete the readings.

As I highlight active learning and better practices in online learning make connections to kinds of face to face activities you used to complete in the classroom.


Post on Your Blog

We entered our class and noted the lack of socialization as a major deficit in remote learning. In our summer camp this is the number one complaint of students. How can we increase opportunities for socialization in school? In our class how can we reinforce cognitive presence through social presence

Free choice post. If you need a prompt:

  • Ever had a friend online you have never met in meatspace? Tell us the story...You can decide on the truthiness
  • Find a saying to guide your remote teaching. Tell us about it
  • Sometimes rain falls up through holes in reverse meteors


As a class we will work on a shared document where we map the active learning strategies we used in our classes, brainstorm how that could look online, and then list the tools we can use to make it happen

Make a Content Frame for Your Remote Instruction.

Choose one: Write a short fictional journal. You have just reworked your course and mapped in social, cognitive, and teaching presence timelines and strategies. Write five short entries about what went right and wrong as you tried to increase active learning

OR: Make a visual map or timeline of an upcoming course. Describe increases in social and cognitive presence that cut across your teaching presence


  • Create learning events with simple navigation
  • Compare active learning strategies in f2f and remote learning
  • Describe strategies to improve socialization in remote learning


  • Content frame with minimal navigation choices
  • Blog Posts utlizing evidence from the reading and connected to the classroom
  • Application of Community of inquiry model to hypothetical learning spaces