The term “new normal” has become a ubiquitous catchphrase that has come into our lexicon in various professions since the Covid-19 pandemic. As universities prepare for the new normal, online learning has become an indispensable part of higher education in the pandemic and post-pandemic era. Although students and their families may lament the loss of social life on campus, there is no need to dread online education. If we can adapt new technology and pedagogy to bring remote students together for meaningful interaction, online learning will not become isolated learning, but instead, a transformational opportunity to nurture a more resilient and tolerant generation during times of global crisis and social unrest.
For almost a decade, USC has been leading a consortium of 14 universities on four continents to develop and experiment with such a new normal of higher education. Built upon Viterbi’s well-established distance education network (DEN), this global effort, called the iPodia Alliance, uses a new technology platform and a novel learning pedagogy to enhance online education for students to enjoy borderless learning and meaningful interaction. iPodia’s “classroom-without-border” platform uses the Internet to connect multiple campuses of different universities for remote students to learn together as local classmates. This not only allows remote students to take the same course across institutional, physical and cultural boundaries, but maximizes the learner diversity in the classroom far beyond what’s available on a single campus. iPodia’s “learning-from-diversity” pedagogy uses a smart algorithm to analyze students’ feedback of pre-class content studies to automatically assemble small cohorts with the most varied viewpoints and derive useful context from the feedback to guide meaningful cohort discussions.
Please join us on October 23 at 12:00 pm PST for this webinar and live Q&A presentation.