The EdTech Lounge is a virtual space conceptualized by the Blended and Digital Team in the Network of Quality Teaching and Learning to provide AKU faculty members with the opportunity to discuss their experiences with teaching through technology, given the circumstances of COVID-19. The EdTech Lounge sessions run once a week, with different faculty members sparking dialogue on pressing concerns related to the effectiveness of teaching and learning with technology.
Our first EdTech Lounge, The Transition to Online Learning During the COVID Lockdown featuring Dr. Anil Khamis, explored key ideas around the significance of shifting teaching pedagogies to accommodate to the demands of online teaching and learning. Furthermore, Dr. Khamis discussed the importance of curriculum review and the need for online pedagogies to reflect on what effective learning, teaching and assessments look like during the era of online learning. Taking this a step further, he probes us to reimagine how we can collectively, as AKU faculty, use this opportunity to innovate new ways of enhancing our mandate of equity, inclusion, and innovation during such challenging times.
Most recently, on June 17th Dr. Almina Pardhan spoke about Maintaining "humanness" in online teaching and learning: tales from the field. Dr. Pardhan‘s talk was centred around how teachers can establish meaningful relationships with their students by fostering human connection via virtual platforms such as zoom. One of the greatest struggles in the shift to online teaching is the loss of in-person connection and non-verbal communication (i.e. body language), which are pivotal in relationship building and acts as constructive feedback for teachers. Dr. Pardhan reflects on her practice and experience in the field of digital learning and Early Childhood Development to share critical ideas on how to engage learners actively online.
In total, the EdTech Lounge series have had over 550 participants across various AKU entities and beyond. Many faculty members were pleased with these sessions and had great reviews. Salima Alibhai from the Medical College Pakistan shared, "It's a great platform to share feedback and ideas, as well as to gain support. Thank you." From the Institute of Education Development, Veronic Sarungi said, "EdTech Lounges are great! Thanks to BDL_ net for organizing these series."
Below is the list of our EdTech Lounge workshops till date:
To learn more about the EdTech Lounge visit our website.