In a time when the world is looking to determine the best way to deliver virtual instruction, Georgia Southern University College of Education’s Charles Hodges, Ph.D., is a valuable resource of instructional technology knowledge.
In an interview with Inside Higher Ed, Hodges provided guidance on a big debate right now — synchronous or asynchronous instruction.
Hodges, a professor of instructional technology for the College, explained in the article that the “first impulse” for individuals to often plan for delivering synchronous instruction or lectures, say at the time the class would have met, since students were expecting to be in class this semester.
However, that might not be the best choice during this pandemic.
Maybe synchronous delivery is the “best option for your particular circumstance, but it should be a thoughtful decision considering several factors — not simply that you think your students need to see your talking head,” Hodges said.
On March 2, 2020, Georgia Southern University Counselor Educator Fayth Parks, Ph.D., gave a presentation on HIV prevention and treatment challenges in rural America to the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services (NACRHHS) in Atlanta, Georgia.
NACRHHS advises the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) on health care challenges in rural America. In order to provide informed policy recommendations to the secretary, NACRHHS holds meetings all over the country to hear from local, state, and national leaders working on rural health issues.
Karin Fisher, Ph.D., assistant professor of special education, was featured in an article by The Washington Post addressing a concerns about support for students with disabilities during school closures caused by situations such as such as COVID-19.
“Diverse students, especially students from low-income households and students with disabilities, are more likely to regress after a break in school during the COVID-19 pandemic than most children,” said Fisher.
The article specifically addresses the concern from the lens of the writer who has an autistic son. Fisher provides recommendations such as tracking a students’ regression through informal assessment so that parents and/or caregivers can be advocates for their children when they return to school.
“If your child needs more services after this break in schooling, your data will help you advocate for those services,” said Fisher.
Right before announcements were officially made that coursework would move to an online platform, College of Education’s Charles Hodges, Ph.D., and colleague Stephanie Moore, Ph.D., could see the ‘writing on the walls.’ Knowing that this would be a novice experience for some, Moore and Hodges crafted a quick guide for the basic needs of online instruction and provided useful comparisons to approaches for online learning.
The article, published by Inside Higher Ed, includes a comparison of synchronous (requiring students to complete an assignment or log into a lecture at a particular time) and asynchronous learning. “Think about whether synchronous meetings are really needed,” the article reads. “Disruptions that are major enough to force closures, etc., can also be major enough to significantly impact people’s schedules and availability. Is it really important that students be present live, at a specific time, for a lecture?”
Hodges and Moore also pose questions to help readers consider the importance of various options in online learning platforms such as: what content could be recorded?; how to make yourself available to students?; and how to support complex student needs?.
Hodges is a professor of instructional technology in the Department of Leadership, Technology and Human Development.
Carol Anderson’s New York Times bestseller “One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying our Democracy,” chronicles history related to rollbacks to African American participation in the voting process within the United States since the 2013 Supreme Court decision that altered the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Known as the “Shelby Act,” the 1965 voting rights act was originally enacted to address the racial discrimination in voting and requiring states and local governments to obtain federal approval before implementing changes to their voting laws or practices.
On Monday, February 24 at 5:30 p.m., College of Education’s Calvin Walton, Ph.D., alongside Alicia Brunson, Ph.D., and Elizabeth Desnoyers-Colas, Ph.D., will lead a discussion on Anderson’s “One Person, No Vote” at the Learning Commons, Studio B, located on the Armstrong Campus.
For those that cannot attend in person, the panel discussion will be simultaneously streamed on the second floor of the Henderson Library on the Statesboro Campus.