Episode 138: Coronavirus & Teaching Online with Michael Barbour

In Episode 138, Dan and Michael chat with online learning scholar Michael Barbour as many schools and universities seek to move instruction online to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Be sure to check out our shownotes for resources!

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Episode 138

#CoronavirusSyllabus (credit to @alondra): Books, Articles and Other Amazing Resources

We have organized these shownotes as a resource for educators seeking to learn more about the topic. Tweet us your best resources @VisionsOfEd and we’ll add them to the list!

COVID-19 Pedagogies: What should teachers and schools do?

  1. Harvard EdCast: Schools, Families, and the Coronavirus” with Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) Professor Meira Levinson and epidemiologist Bill Hanage of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health provide guidance to schools on the best ways to prepare for and respond to COVID-19.
  2. Check out the #sschat archives from their recent chat: Special #Coronacation Edition: What To Do Now?! with @flipping_A_tchr, @MsHolmesTeach @CHitch94, 3/13/2020
  3. Teaching Through Coronavirus” from Teaching Tolerance, March 19, 2020

Online Pedagogies: How do I teach well online? 

    1. Dr. Barbour’s work here – https://www.michaelbarbour.com [includes links to my social media and all of my scholarship (both publications and presentations)]
    2. Clark, R. E. (1983). Reconsidering research on learning from media. Review of Educational Research, 53(4), 445-459. – http://www.uky.edu/~gmswan3/609/Clark_1983.pdf
      1. “The best current evidence is that media are mere vehicles that deliver instruction but do not influence student achievement any more than the truck that delivers our groceries causes changes in our nutrition.” (p. 445)
      2. Still true today and the dominant view in the field of educational technology.
    3. Going Online in a Hurry: What to Do and Where to Start” by Michelle D. Miller, Chronicles of Higher Education, March 09, 2020
    4. Advice for College Teachers Moving Online Quickly” by Steel Wagstaff
    5. Some remote teaching resources:
      1. Online triage – https://docs.google.com/document/d/1njH6ShfflQH4ybmc_Elqju5r2NvmVeLoVpnzrRE-O8c/mobilebasic?urp=gmail_link
      2. Please do a bad job of putting your courses online – https://anygoodthing.com/2020/03/12/please-do-a-bad-job-of-putting-your-courses-online/
      3. An Emergency Guide (of sorts) to Getting This Week’s Class Online in About an Hour (or so) – https://www.edugeekjournal.com/2020/03/10/an-emergency-guide-of-sorts-to-getting-this-weeks-class-online-in-about-an-hour-or-so/
      4. Tips for Learning during Disruption – https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/15RAiWCVoCQV90V3lj4CbOkfONs_KDaRMmx0oGSpEC8A/edit#slide=id.p [this is a great resource to share with students]
      5. Quickstart Guide to Remote Teaching Options – https://western.touro.edu/cilt/teaching-remotely/ [the resource I had to build for my own institution]
    6.  “Resources for teaching remotely” curated by Chris Hitchcock of #sschat
    7. This Padlet organized by Sarah Thomas includes a lot of helpful resources
    8. Helpful Visions of Ed episodes:
      1. Episode 33: Teaching In Virtual Environments with Chris Hitchcock
      2. Episode 30: Virtual Communities and Co-learning with Howard Rheingold
      3. Episode 22: Connections-based Learning with Leigh Cassell
      4. Episode 65: Building a Flipped Community with Andrew Swan
    9.  The Crash Course videos might be helpful if you are pressured to keep covering content.
    10. Some tech suggestions from the episode: Voicethreads, Flipgrid

COVID-19 Curriculum: What do I need to know about COVID-19? 

  1. For more on the 1918 Spanish flu: Episode 101: Learning Much with Kenneth C. Davis
  2. Preparing for Coronavirus to Strike the U.S.” by Zeynep Tufekci, Scientific American, 02.27.20
  3. Cancel Everything: Social distancing is the only way to stop the coronavirus. We must start immediately.” by Yascha Mounk, The Atlantic, 03.10.20


Michael K. Barbour, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Instructional Design for the College of Education and Health Sciences at Touro University California. He has been involved with K-12 distance, online, and blended learning for over two decades as a researcher, evaluator, teacher, course designer, and administrator. Michael’s research has focused on the effective design, delivery, and support of K-12 distance, online, and blended learning, particularly for students located in rural jurisdictions. This focus includes how regulation, governance, and policy can impact effective distance, online, and blended learning environments. His background and expertise has resulted in invitations to testify before House and Senate committees in several states, as well as consulting for Ministries of Education across Canada and in New Zealand.


We would like to thank Sarah Galvin of the SITE – Social Media SIG and Michigan State University for her editing skills.

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