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Exposing Mental Models to Accelerate Distance Learning Environments

Exposing Mental Models to Accelerate Distance Learning Environments
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Author(s): Mario Andrade (Independent Researcher, USA)
Copyright: 2022
Pages: 16
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.ch006


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This chapter forms one part in a series of chapters offering recommendations to design effective distance and blended learning. The COVID-19 pandemic has been an unintended catalyst for change in schools. Due to the closing of school buildings in the spring of 2020, school districts were forced to quickly transition to distance learning or blended learning. Even before COVID-19, many districts failed to successfully and systematically implement the new knowledge and skills acquired in these sessions. So, the question is, why has blended and distance learning practices continued to function in pockets throughout a school district and not systematically throughout the school organization? One can argue that full implementation was impeded by the lack of budgetary resources and infrastructure or unaligned curriculum, instruction, and assessments.

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