Teachers are Digital Communicators Now
Posted by Emily Hayes
I’ve missed our weekly blogging exercises and exchanges! I’m eager to review my classmates’ final projects, though.
My essay focuses on the ways that the skills and concepts of digital communication are now an essential element of teaching as online learning (and all the digital tools, apps, bells, and whistles that come along with that) becomes a permanent part of education.
To say the global pandemic caused disruption to the American educational system seems like a laughable understatement, but that is the term being used to describe the, in some cases overnight, switch from in-person learning to online and virtual learning for schools across the country and around the world. Teachers who had trained for years to earn a teaching degree and then continued to perfect their craft through years of classroom experience and further study suddenly found themselves without a classroom or any of the tools they had previously relied upon for their work. Educational professionals had to master screencasts, Zoom, and Google classroom from their homes. While the instantaneous change made a quality transition all but impossible in the short term, the long-term reality is that these digital tools and spaces are now a permanent part of the educational landscape. Teachers must master the platforms their schools adopt, and this requirement is where the concepts and skills more familiar to digital communicators come into play. This paper argues that teachers and the profession of teaching as a whole must adopt a digital communication approach of audience-centered communication and skilled information design in their efforts to elevate the online classroom to the same levels of educational excellence that they have long offered in the traditional classroom.
Here’s the essay, if you’re interested!
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