Wednesday, July 7
12:20-12:40 PM
Room 2

Successfully Facilitating Learning during Covid-19 Lockdowns

Full Paper: Practice Based (Live Presentation) ID: 59039
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    Kathiravelu Ganeshan
    Otago Polytechnic Auckland International Campus

Abstract: In this paper, I reflect on the successful online facilitation of learning of three computing courses that require the use of several pieces of specialized hardware and software. Pre-Covid, these courses were delivered in highly interactive and collaborative learning environments in the physical laboratories of our tertiary institution in New Zealand. The first lockdown was total and happened with just a couple of days' notice. Many extra hours were spent by me and my learners setting up the necessary infrastructure to replicate the laboratory setup, on their laptops or home PCs. I am glad to report that our learners gained significantly more theoretical knowledge and practical skills compared with learners who attended normal classes, and used labs set up by staff. Learners in the cybersecurity course, in particular, set up their own labs in record time and every one of them now has the knowledge and skills to set up a cybersecurity lab for any college. In this paper, I describe the challenges, and discuss how my learners and I achieved the results that we did. I also include details of some of the work done by our Learning and Teaching team to support the 50+ learning facilitators in the institution.

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