There has been a great deal of change since mid-March.
In our final webinar of the TxDLA Keep Connecting series, we discussed what we liked about the changes, what we missed, and made some predictions for the remainder of 2020.
The biggest change that we immediately saw and experienced was the explosion of video conferencing. It was the first time our families really understood the value of our professional skills!
As soon as students entered the never-ending spring break and office workers were sent home, the scramble to video-enable everything ramped up. Our team helped schools, businesses, health clinics, and government agencies figure out how to expand their video conferencing usage quickly and efficiently.
Some things that people like about using video include:
- Less commute time, more time with family
- Quicker access to instructors for support
- More access to different learning opportunities
- Presentations to students or colleagues wherever they are located
- Social connection for people who live alone or who are in facilities where visitors are not allowed
This time is a reset and rethinking time.
There seems to be agreement of missing being with people and that some things are better/easier face-to-face in the same physical space.
How are you planning for maintaining and leveling up your video conferencing? As much as we love using video, there are some challenges to think about as you continue to move forward.
- Equity and access for all students.
- Platform security and reliability.
- Norms of behavior and understanding what technology to use when. For example, does every meeting need to happen? Are some of them simply an email? Are there times when a phone call is better than a video call?
- Understanding how video conferencing creates a higher cognitive load on participants and how to mitigate that.
- How to use video conferencing so that teachers have access to all the tools and resources that they need to effectively teach.
Now is the time to analyze and acknowledge that many structures and processes were not working well.
How can i2i Technologies help you redesign and redevelop them moving forward?