The Future of Online Learning: Rachel’s Advice for Educators

Are you an educator who is moving to an online learning model in response to the COVID-19 pandemic? Check out the following advice from PROWIBO facilitator Rachel Warnick.


If this is your first foray into online teaching, it can feel “like you’re building a plane while it’s flying.”

  • How do we adapt our courses?
  • How can we ensure student engagement?
  • How do I manage my learning community?

Edutopia – George Lucas Educational Foundation has some excellent advice for those of us who are new to this (links in comments):

* Keep it simple: “Design learning experiences that have very clear instructions and utilize only one or two resources”

* Reduce your day-to-day involvement: “Prioritize longer, student-driven assignments and tasks”

*  Variety and relevancy are key to student engagement

* Reserve your online time together for what’s important: “The companion to offline learning is live support”

* Relationships matter more than ever: “Check-ins support monitoring students’ social and emotional status as well as their academic growth”

Moving education online will likely feel frustrating at times as you begin, but never doubt that you can do this!

Check out these resources from Edutopia:

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter for additional resources on this and other important topics, to help you feel supported during these challenging times.  

About Rachel Warnick

Rachel specialises in short-term, intensive programmes focused on communications, essential business and academic skills, and English for Speakers of Other Languages.  Her belief is that education must be exciting and relevant, and this principle is the bedrock of her curriculum design and facilitation style. Rachel has worked with a variety of institutions and private and corporate clients in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. She obtained a BA with High Distinction in East Asian Studies from the University of Toronto and an MSc in International Management at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).  She spent fifteen years in business, gaining valuable experience in the finance, energy and non-profit sectors, most notably with Goldman Sachs and the UNHCR, before returning to education. In addition, she has an extensive track record of volunteer work in the UK, Africa and, most recently, with ProWiBo in India in 2018. Canadian by birth but a nomad by nature, Rachel has lived in thirteen countries on four continents, and this lifelong exploration of a vast array of cultures gives a global perspective to her life and work.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.