By Whitney Welch | iCEV Brand Manager on May 7, 2020 at 9:21 AM
Hands-on learning experiences can be difficult to incorporate in distance learning settings. Knowing it is more important than ever for students to engage in educationally stimulating activities, the iCEV content development team has created 10 special edition projects designed to get students actively involved in the learning process.
Going the Distance: Lessons That Work
Subjects: relevant to any course, but specifically applies to child development, child guidance, professional communication, education and training
Select a topic, or have students pick a topic, to teach other students using remote or distance learning techniques. Students should design the lesson using their favorite technologies or teaching strategies they have encountered while learning at a distance. Each lesson should include direct instruction, an activity requiring collaboration with peers and some sort of assessment. Have students write a brief explanation explaining why they like the method they chose. If time allows, incorporate class presentations and have classmates review their peers’ lesson ideas. This is a great way to have students review content for final exams.
Virtual Meetings: What Not To Do
Subjects: professional communication, business English, business management, global business, human resources management, information technology
Even before stay-at-home orders, virtual meeting software was being used in offices all around the world. Knowing how to behave professionally during a virtual meeting and get the most of the conversations happening digitally are skills most students will need in their professional careers. Based on your students’ new experiences with virtual meeting software, have students develop a short video or screen capture describing one behavior or practice they have learned not to do on a video call. The video should demonstrate the behavior or practice, explain how it could be unprofessional and distract themselves or others from the purpose of the meeting and offer suggestions for how to avoid this behavior. Encourage students to use creativity and humor in their videos, while thoughtfully analyzing the impacts of their selected behavior or practice.
Why Do We Have To…?
Subjects: human services, health, health science theory
Have students select one of the practices the CDC has asked people to follow to flatten the Coronavirus curve (for example: staying six feet from others, wearing masks, washing hands properly, staying home, closing non-essential businesses). Students should research the science behind this practice, including how to do this practice effectively and why this practice is important for ensuring the health of their community. Research should include at least three credible sources. Have each student create an infographic or poster to present their research on their selected practice.
Facts Vs. Myths
Subjects: can fit any course subject area
Many instances of false or misleading information have been identified during media reports about the Coronavirus. Help students learn to distinguish between fact and fiction in the media by asking them to select a Coronavirus topic related to your course. Have students find two articles reporting information on this topic. One should be a reliable source and one should be a questionable source (for example something that appears to be media propaganda or fake news). Have students summarize each article by analyzing the claim, evidence and reasoning each author uses in the articles and identifying where the information used as evidence comes from in the article. Have students reflect on how to determine whether an article is credible or questionable in the future in a paragraph at the end of their summary.
Impacting the Environment
Subjects: energy and natural resource technology, plant and soil science, wildlife and ecology management, transportation systems, manufacturing, court systems and practices
With more people staying at home, positive environmental impacts, such as improvement in air quality, more wildlife thriving, less liter in tourist areas, have been observed around the world. Students should pick a way stay-at-home orders have helped the environment and develop a proposal for how to help maintain this benefit in their community after daily life returns to normal. For example, if air pollution is reduced due to decreased levels of transportation, students may propose to develop a more substantial city public transportation system or develop a policy for requiring certain businesses to offer work-from-home options. Allow students to explore a topic they are passionate about and ask students to develop realistic and specific proposals, including costs and benefits, as well as any prototypes or innovations that may be relevant.
Law Enforcement in A Pandemic
Subjects: law enforcement, court systems and practices, criminal investigations, forensic science, public safety
While some crime rates have dropped all around the world during stay-at-home orders, other crimes, such as domestic violence and child abuse have increased. Have students research how crime has been affected by the global pandemic on a local, state, national or global level. Then have students find information about how law enforcement and public safety services have been working to continue protecting jurisdictions during this time. Students should report the information they find in a quick two-minute podcast or video.
Optimizing Food Storage
Subjects: food science and safety, culinary arts
During quarantine, most people have tried to stock up on groceries for longer periods of time than normal. Students should select an item from their fridge, their freezer and their pantry. They should research the best way to store each item in order to preserve the shelf life of the product as best as possible and write a user guide for each item. The guide should include the best method for storage, common issues that shorten shelf-life, how to best store product once opened (if applicable), signs for item going bad and finally, reasonable length of shelf-life.
Meal Planning in Quarantine
Subjects: culinary arts, nutrition, and wellness
Most families are having to be more creative with pantry staples while they are limiting trips to the grocery store. Have students help with meal planning by taking inventory of all available food and create a meal plan for one breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner with the products they can find in their house. Then have students calculate the calories, macronutrients, and sodium in each meal and come up with three suggestions for how to better stock the pantry to improve the nutritional value of their meals. Award bonus points if the students actually make one of their meals for their family and document the process with a video or photos.
Self-Care in Self-Isolation
Subjects: counseling and mental health, general social-emotional learning
Around the world, people are experiencing unprecedented levels of depression and anxiety in the face of this crisis. Help your students develop coping strategies and learn more about mental health by asking them to experiment with a self-care activity. For one day, have students rate their energy, focus, productivity, mood, self-confidence, anxiety, and social interaction during the day. Students should then come up with a goal for something they’d like to work on and research a self-care method to help with that goal. Potential goals could include 15 minutes of sun a day, making the bed every day, keeping a gratitude journal, eating fresh veggies and fruit, drinking 64 oz of water, getting 30 minutes of exercise, practicing meditation or yoga, staying off social media, reading, creating something, baking, etc. Have students then practice this method every day for a week, journaling and rating the same categories for each day. Then have students rate the effectiveness of their self-care method in a brief one-page report.
Design a Pandemic-Proof Environment
Subjects: interior design, architecture, professional communication, hospitality services
We have seen how essential businesses have responded to making their environments safer for customers to utilize. Have students select a non-essential business of their choice, such as a gym, retail store, office building, library, and design a layout and cleaning procedure that would help make the business safe for use according to the CDC recommendations for social distancing during the Coronavirus outbreak. Students should create a blueprint design and write a paragraph explaining why their design is effective and how it would function.
We hope you and your students enjoy implementing one, or several, of the projects described in this blog. If you found success with one of the projects listed above, please share your experiences with our content development team at email@example.com.
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