The new school year is just 2 weeks from starting! It is amazing how fast the summer has gone by, even under such unusual circumstances we are living.
Over the summer, ECA staff has been hard at work analyzing how ECA can continue to offer quality education in circumstances that are constantly in flux and do not allow us to be on campus. We see this challenge as a way to bring innovation to some areas of our educational model, focusing on 21st century skills such as concept application and critical thinking skill development.
The ECA Blended Learning model is designed in three phases:
- Phase 1: Distance learning. In this phase, all teaching and learning will be done off campus, through a combination of synchronous (online) and asynchronous (offline) activities. Students will be given a clear schedule and constant routine to follow, as well as clear guidelines for assignments and independent work.
- Phase 2: Hybrid learning. As soon as the government allows, ECA will begin holding some classes on campus. No student will be required to attend classes, and will have the option of continuing learning from home. We will give more details of what this looks like as the government provides more guidelines.
- Phase 3: On-campus learning with remote access. In this phase, students and teachers will be back on campus, returning to a normal schedule as much as possible, adjusted to meet biosafety protocols. Students will still have the option of joining classes from home through cameras, with specific teacher guidelines. We are currently in the final stages of designing an optimal class technological setup that will allow students to be an active part of the class without hampering the teachers’ ability to lead the class.
ECA staff is currently completing the necessary biosafety protocols to submit to the Secretaries of Health and Education, as well as outfitting classrooms with the necessary technology to ensure remote access to classes. We have also extended teacher orientation and are focusing on providing teachers with technological tools for distance learning, to make classes more interactive and engaging.