Until now, I have refrained from sending out a message from our companies regarding COVID-19 since I had nothing to add nor did I want to contribute to anyone’s fear on the subject. However, as many institutions are considering alternate plans for operations, particularly those that are doing education, training, and development of students and team members, it seemed to be the right time to put out some information that will, hopefully, help rather than scare. As our businesses work in the realm of online education, training, and development, we know about developing online education and training.
If you are a higher education institution, an elementary/secondary institution, a church, or business wishing to educate, train, or develop those in your care, I would like to share a few things that will hopefully help you in that pursuit.
To begin, online education has shown equal or BETTER outcomes than traditional, face-to-face education. There are hundreds of studies, compiled in a report by the U.S. Government, that show this information. If you would like to see some of that research, please contact our offices and we can share that information with you.
Secondly, InterLearn, InterLearn Institute, and Progressus have team members that can assist you in helping your students or team members get their needed education, training, or development. We can:
Help teachers or trainers adjust to an online environment
Set up content effectively in an online environment
Help teachers design discussion and assignments for online learning
Help your programs maintain quality despite the change in practice
Finally, maintaining quality is a central focus for what we do, and our team want your teams to be able to do the same thing. Here are a couple of resources that your leaders may wish to use should they decide to move their education, training, and development online:
Teaching Effectively During Times of Disruption: This report, developed by Jenae Cohn and Beth Seltzer of Stanford University, provides a number of techniques for continuing education and training practices when things don’t go as planned.
Putting some of your course content online in a hurry? We have resources for you!: This blog was developed by Stacey Johnson of Vanderbilt University and provides several practical information points about getting information up quickly.
How to Succeed in Online Courses: This article from Southern Arkansas University provides some practical advice for students doing online courses.
At our companies, we want you to continue to succeed in your work to educate, train, and develop. If we can help you, please let us know:
Telephone: (918) 895-1185
Schedule a Web Conference: www.calendly.com/InterLearn
Joshua T. Fischer, Ph.D.