WMU-Cooley rising to the challenge of online learning in the wake covid-19
Just like any organization or business or higher education institution, individuals have their our own learning ecosystem – that is, they have their own sources for learning. Some people reach out to people they respect or feel are experts to learn; maybe a family member or friend, or it could be a professor, mentor or colleague.
Outside of reaching out to a person, a learning ecosystem includes tools at your disposal for gathering information, such as online sources, books, journals, encyclopedias, etc. Especially now, as the world is being challenged in unprecedented ways with the COVID-19 crisis, people must look to online-based resources for communicating and learning.
Classes are being taught online. Everywhere. In-person classroom teaching is not an option now. Social media, websites, blogs, streaming video, and online databases is the norm for finding information. Certain processes, procedures and habits, by necessity, will evolve and force new ways of learning.
Just as each higher education institution has their own learning ecosystem, WMU-Cooley has its own learning ecosystem in place. It involves our people, tools, processes, and other resources for acquiring knowledge, processing information, and collaborating with others. And although we have offered online-based courses for years, we find ourselves needing to move online throughout all of our offerings now.
Tools WMU-Cooley is using:
- Canvas (our Learning Management System)
- The Cisco Webex Meeting Center and the Cisco Webex Training Center products (for videoconferencing and online-based collaboration)
- Panopto Video Platform (for recording our classes and making them available online)
- Canvas Studio (for creating interactive videos, screen captures, recordings of our webcams)
- A vast amount of digitally-based library resources and research guides
- AdaptiBar (for Bar Prep, for keeping information in our students’ memories, for checking understanding, for identifying gaps in our students’ understanding)
- Google Docs (for online-based document creation/collaboration/sharing)
- Numerous other tools and resources for information.
At the speed of change, and given our often uncertain world, the law school is working hard to deliver ways to enhance our own organization’s learning ecosystem, for our students, faculty, staff and our worldwide alumni network.