Morning Brief: E-Learning, Electric Cars, and Help for Student Helpers

gHello the It’s March 9.

Over the past two years, school administrators at all levels have struggled to understand online learning. Most students are back in class, but some are demanding that online or hybrid options continue to be offered.

That being said, many experts believe schools can take a better, more deliberate approach to remote learning.

My colleague Julia Barajas spoke with Dr. Sharla Berry, assistant professor of instructional leadership at Cal Lutheran University and author of Creating Inclusive Online Communities: Practices that Support and Engage Diverse Studentson good practices.

To start, Berry stressed the importance of creating an online community by making room for informal conversations before and after — and maybe even during — class.

“When a student feels they are part of a supportive social group where they feel a member, confident and belonging, they are more likely to participate and they tend to perform better academically,” he said. she stated. “Their learning is stronger, their understanding is deeper.”

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She also spoke about the need for instructors to be offered professional development to improve their comfort with technology and to strategize how to translate their lessons into person on screens.

“There is a need for technical knowledge: what do students expect when using Zoom, or Blackboard or Canvas?” she said. “It’s also important to have…an understanding of how to actually teach learners using technology. Specifically, when i talk to STEM teachers, they want to know: how to do a remote experiment? It seems very different from our humanities faculty, which is trying to do a poetry activity or a reading group.

Read the full interview here.

Keep reading to learn more about what’s going on in LA, and stay safe there.

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Before you go…Help for moms, dads and other student caregivers

Johanna Cabrera, a student at Pasadena City College, drops off her four-year-old son at campus daycare.

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Applying, entering and attending university is a lot. To work. But for students who are parents, guardians and/or caregivers – who are responsible for the lives of others, in addition to their own – the work is much more complex.

Tomorrow evening, Julia Barajas, KPCC/LAist Higher Education reporter, lead a panel discuss strategies for supporting students who fall into these categories. Julia will be joined by Dr. Mike Muñoz, Superintendent/President of Long Beach City College; Paolo Velasco, Director of the UCLA Bruin Resource Center; Zuleika Bravo, MA Higher Education & Org. Change ’22, BA in Political Science and Latin American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles; and Paty Lozano, a parenting student at Santa Monica College.

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