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Virtual Classrooms

Stories about the technology associated with learning in a virtual space, as opposed to a physical classroom. Stories involve video conference software and online educational programs that are becoming increasingly common in both K-12 school districts and institutions of higher education.

Studies show that learning loss in Virginia, as in other states, was not relegated to public schools. The most salient variables appear to have been socioeconomic factors, which call for investment and focused tutoring.
To meet growing demand for flexible learning models without losing campus culture, NCCU is creating a model for “hybrid living,” with in-person and virtual homecoming events, student club meetings and faculty meetings.
The Campus Reimagined initiative at Florida State University has attempted to combine pedagogical best practices with simple tech tools to maximize student engagement whether they’re learning remotely or in person.
Commonwealth Charter Academy in Pennsylvania, which saw its enrollment skyrocket as regular school districts struggled with remote learning, has agreed to purchase an office building in Moosic with cubicles for teachers.
With a large snowstorm headed for Western New York, area schools are considering remote learning to avoid days off, but factors like Internet access and localized precipitation complicate the decision.
Educators from Stanford University shared lessons from their campus’ overall experiences with remote learning, including student struggles and academic innovations, at the virtual Educause Annual Conference last week.
At a Thursday webinar panel for the Educause Annual Conference, former U.S. Secretary of Education and Chicago schools CEO Arne Duncan described technology access and degree completion as major issues facing higher ed.
Year-over-year data suggests students are becoming more comfortable with, and optimistic about, online learning, while educators and institutions are advised to track student outcomes after implementing new technology.
Although student proficiency scores and mental health issues worsened during remote learning, educators should try to understand other factors at work and see the game-changing potential in virtual instruction.
Amid declining overall enrollment, online tuition for PennWest University will be discounted by 20 percent for Pennsylvania state employees starting in January 2023 for both graduate and undergraduate programs.