The Four Pillars of Digitally Infused Education: The Fine Line between Modalities in Post-COVID Learning
Abstract: Historically, face-to-face and online learning modalities were distinct, requiring teacher educators to use pedagogical approaches uniquely aligned to these modalities primarily because the capacity of the available technology limited these pedagogical applications. However, in the last decade, readily accessible high-speed Internet and videoconferencing systems that students and teacher educators can access on personal laptops or mobile devices has blurred the lines, creating a merging of modalities that are now enmeshed, providing teacher educators limitless options for merging these modes (Irvine, 2020). The current COVID-19 pandemic has further expedited this merger and, although the resulting emergency remote teaching practices implemented out of necessity are not generalizable to online learning per se, they have brought digital learning to the forefront, prompting teacher educators with varying levels of technological knowledge and skill sets to actively engage with technology in new ways to help students learn. This presentation will discuss the four pillars of digital education in the post COVID-19 educational environments.