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Connectedness Despite Disruption: Pandemic Partnerships for Innovation in K-12 Online Learning Communities

Connectedness Despite Disruption: Pandemic Partnerships for Innovation in K-12 Online Learning Communities
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Author(s): Aimee L. Whiteside (University of Tampa, USA) and April Fleetwood (Florida Virtual School, USA)
Copyright: 2022
Pages: 9
Source title: Designing Effective Distance and Blended Learning Environments in K-12
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Thomas F. Driscoll III (Bristol Warren Regional School District, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-6829-3.ch004

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Abstract

This chapter addresses the unique position of those already well versed in technology during the COVID-19 lockdown and how their expertise became imperative to the success of more novice educators. Through the lens of disruptive innovation, this chapter details the how the pandemic advanced one innovative partnership of experts from a virtual school, the Regional Education Lab, and a university. It addresses how they collaborated to help educators understand the importance of social presence for students during a pandemic and how to better support their students in this difficult time. Ultimately, this chapter underscores that the disruption story does not come from educators implementing new technologies, but rather from seizing the opportunity to partner and learn solutions together that push innovation forward.

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