Remote Learning Improvements

Remote Learning Improvements

We are so proud of the way our teachers and students successfully navigated our sudden and unexpected move to remote learning. And we now know what needs to be done to make it even better. We know, from experience, that an effective remote learning plan requires students to have more experiential, hands-on learning, with enhanced technology, and that faculty must have focused professional development sessions to maximize the quality of the student experience.

Enhanced Technology:

  • Most classrooms are equipped with Meeting Owl 360 camera and audio technology. Powered by the Owl Intelligence System, these state-of-the-art smart video conferencing devices provide a 360 degree view of the classroom and automatically shift focus on whoever is speaking. Some classrooms may use fixed cameras, depending on specific room setups and needs. 
  • Students are able to learn and participate, in real-time, with their peers and teachers during classes as if they were in school.
  • Teachers are able to move around the classroom and ask students questions, and the remote learners can participate in those discussions.
  • The cameras allow the use of Zoom and class sessions can be recorded for students who may need to see their class at a later time.

Professional Development:

  • Our annual Summit for Transformative Learning Conference (STLinATL) is carefully designed to increase the skill, effectiveness, and confidence of faculty members when teaching in an online or hybrid environment in the areas of assessment, learning experience design, best practices for teaching online, and curriculum review.
  • Teachers worked closely with Suzie Boss, a national leader in educational consulting, on project-based learning goals and initiatives.
  • A thorough curriculum review identified essential “power standards” and curricular areas to reinforce in each course and class to prepare for the potential for limited in-person instruction.
  • Our teachers also have participated in a variety of school-based technology training to familiarize themselves with new technology tools and devices and ways in which to incorporate them into their instruction. Teachers limit the use of web-based software, programs, and assessments to streamline the remote learning experience for students.

Visit Woodward's Remote Learning Plan for more information and details.