Learning in the Covid-19 crisis: A Cross-cultural Alignment Model
Abstract: The recent outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about extensive and rapid changes to education systems worldwide as schools and colleges were closed. Consequently, many countries faced the challenge of an unanticipated and accelerated move to online learning. Based on the experience of our international and cross-cultural research team, this panel will discuss some of the strategies adopted by their countries in response to the crisis with specific reference to primary and secondary schools. Examining the situation in different countries reveals the similarities in coping with the crisis and the global importance of online learning. However, as can be learned from the Covid-19 crisis, some families (cultures) cannot afford to participate in online learning while others cannot participate due to poor broadband connectivity. How does online learning influence marginalized groups? What does the adoption of online learning mean for cross-cultural projects? In this panel, we propose online learning as an environment that enables the connection to bridge between cultures and fertilize all the partners taking part in such projects.
Presider: Miri Shonfeld, Kibbutzim College and MOFET