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CSI working to offer online learning resources to teachers, parents

Posted at 2:35 PM, Sep 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-16 17:47:10-04

TWIN FALLS, Idaho — The College of Southern Idaho is partnering with the Idaho Digital Learning Alliance and other organizations to offer free online learning modules for educators and parents.

The idea is to provide resources for those new to teaching remotely.

"Educators, grandparents, anyone finding themselves suddenly helping facilitate remote learning or teaching remotely," explained Katie Rhodenbaugh, a parent who helped pilot the modules. "The module really is focused from a teacher perspective, from professional development for our teachers in the state, but there are some really great resources in there for parents."

The modules are designed to help teachers and parents build a deeper understanding of the best way to teach and learn in both remote and hybrid learning situations.

"A student could pick this up, learn through it, recognize the complexities of online learning--the dynamics of having to teach and learn in a limited space--and gain new perspectives, new passions and even tweak their own learning style as they head into a new class," explained Jonathan Lord, a dean with the College of Southern Idaho.

Leaders in the program hope this will help the next generation develop essential skills moving into the future.

"The more that we can get our young students, our young learners, involved in some of these 21st-century skills--getting them used to working in remote teams--being able to have this digital information and media literacy, it's super important," said Janea Triplett-Newell, an online teaching expert at the College of Southern Idaho.

If you're interested in the free online modules, click here.