The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our world rapidly and enduringly. People have to maintain an appropriate social distance while refraining from almost all everyday activities. Educators around the globe are striving to make education possible in this turbulent time. Blended learning and online learning have now become the axes of modern education. It is time for us to take this critical moment as an opportunity to re-examine our educational goals and rethink possible pedagogies. In light of this, it is necessary and urgent for educators, education researchers and related parties to keep pace with the new normal in education. The scholarly field has researched the effectiveness of implementing sustainable and accessible learning models with help from emerging technologies. Numerous institutions have started exploring how to make learning more visible when physical contact is to be avoided.
Below are some relevant and timely school examples, internet resources and scholarly contributions that raise issues, considerations, challenges as we are rethinking and re-envisioning ways to design, create, and research learning opportunities and teaching processes to meet the needs of all students.
Quality School Improvement Project. (2021). Publications and case studies on school improvement and new normal in education (Chinese only). Hong Kong Institute of Educational Research, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Highly-cited Academic Articles
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Dziuban, C., Graham, C. R., Moskal, P. D., Norberg, A., & Sicilia, N. (2018). Blended learning: The new normal and emerging technologies. International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education, 15(1), 1-16.
Kolb, M., Fröhlich, L., & Schmidpeter, R. (2017). Implementing sustainability as the new normal: Responsible management education – From a private business school's perspective. The International Journal of Management Education, 15(2), 280-292.
McDiarmid, G. W., & Clevenger-Bright, M. (2008). Rethinking teacher capacity. In M. Cochran-Smith, S. Feiman-Nemser, D. J. McIntyre, & K. E. Demers (Eds), Handbook of research on teacher education: Enduring questions in changing contexts (pp. 134-156). Routledge.
Ross, J., Gallagher, M. S., & Macleod, H. (2013). Making distance visible: Assembling nearness in an online distance learning programme. International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 14(4), 51-67.
Extended Readings and Internet Resources
The University of Hong Kong. (2017, July 14). Embracing teaching and learning challenges and trends in higher education.
Articles Published in the Region
Hew, K. F., Jia, C., Gonda, D. E., & Bai, S. (2020). Transitioning to the “new normal” of learning in unpredictable times: Pedagogical practices and learning performance in fully online flipped classrooms. International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education, 17(1), 1-22.
Mok, K., Xiong, W., & Ye, H. (2021). COVID-19 crisis and challenges for graduate employment in graduate employment in Taiwan, Mainland China and East Asia: A critical review of skills preparing students for uncertain futures. Journal of Education and Work, 2021, 1-15.
Tran, L. T., & Vu, T. T. P. (2018). Beyond the ‘normal’ to the ‘new possibles’: Australian students’ experiences in Asia and their roles in making connections with the region via the New Colombo Plan. Higher Education Quarterly, 72(3), 194-207.
HKU Faculty of Education. (2021, January 19). Study finds building a culture of trust, collaboration, and openness to innovation through multi-level school leadership is the key to online learning and teaching preparedness during the new normal [Press Release].
Learning and Assessment for Digital Citizenship Project. (2020, July 1). From outcomes and challenges of online learning to enhanced digital preparedness for the new normal. eCitizen Education 360, 1, 1-8.
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