Pandemic May (Finally) Push Online Education Into Teacher Prep Programs

edsurge | May 29, 2020

On an ordinary June morning, kids descend on the campus of Auburn University to try science experiments at the college of education’s annual STEM camp. It’s an opportunity for the future teachers who are enrolled at the college to apply what they learn in class in a practical setting, testing out lesson plans with real elementary students. This year, camp is canceled due to COVID-19. But education students still need to work on lesson plans, and kids still need summer activities. So the college is asking its future teachers to make online activity guides and videos for Home Works, a new distance learning program designed to help kids connect the curricula they usually learn in person at school or camp with what’s going on in their real lives—which right now mostly means being stuck at home.

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As part of our response to the growing digital skills gap in the UK, Northumbria University has partnered with 35 other Higher Education institutions to offer Institute of Coding-led Digital Skills Bootcamps. They are pleased to be offering two distinct Skills Bootcamps in Construction Data Scientist and Software (Engineering/Architectural Technician). Both programmes will be delivered over 16-weeks on a part-time basis.

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As part of our response to the growing digital skills gap in the UK, Northumbria University has partnered with 35 other Higher Education institutions to offer Institute of Coding-led Digital Skills Bootcamps. They are pleased to be offering two distinct Skills Bootcamps in Construction Data Scientist and Software (Engineering/Architectural Technician). Both programmes will be delivered over 16-weeks on a part-time basis.

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Connected Nation | September 27, 2022

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