Surviving Emergencies: Developing a Personalized Research-Based Technology Plan
Abstract: The 2020 COVID 19 pandemic situation forced our society to consider different ways to accomplish work and education. Many employees and learners personally invested in various technologies in their homes in order to fulfill work and educational commitments. Meanwhile, a considerable number of organizations struggled with assisting associates to adapt to alternative ways of accomplishing meaningful work and educational success within home environments. Education leaders cannot always anticipate the arrival of an emergency, but they can develop a practice-based plan to survive an unforeseen situation. Using a strong, instructionally designed model, we created a process these leaders may follow to consider research-based ideas and best practices to create emergency survival plans for their organizations. This simple, structured plan begins with developing a delivery management system to connect instructors and learners in remote settings. Next, we provide strategies to manage online instructional and learning tools. Once everyone is connected and tools are selected, the plan moves forward to address online course design and development. Next, we provide guidelines to select the appropriate delivery process for the prepared courses. In addition, this section addresses the creation of a professional learning module for instructional designers, including trainers and classroom instructors. Finally, a re-entry process is created by developing a continuum learning plan.