Covid-19 as a Motivating Force for Self-Actualisation in Online Teaching and Learning: The 5-Phase Process of the ACS Athens Elementary School
2020-11-28, 13:00–13:20, Room 2

Redesigning a drastically new approach for teaching and learning within grades JK-5 required immediate attention to all constituents’ needs, including students, faculty, and parents, in order to maintain educational continuity in a functional and safe online learning environment. This work describes the 5-Phase Process designed as an action research-based, disruptive intervention to transition from the traditional, four-walled classroom into a virtual classroom, thus transforming learning experiences, routines, and perspectives in the Elementary School at the American Community Schools (ACS) Athens, Greece. This emergency shift oc- curred simultaneously with the professional development needs of in-service teachers, and was guided by research-informed best practices of virtual teaching, and effects of online learning for students between ages of 3-11, while bearing the state of emotional and financial stress of all constituents. While the 5-Phase Pro- cess is still in effect, preliminary results are shared, while implications for practice and recommendations for further research are considered.

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Maria D. Avgerinou, Ph.D. is the Director of Educational Technology and eLearning, at the American Community Schools (ACS) Athens (Greece). As a certified online educator and an academic in American, British, and Greek universities, she has taught, published, and presented extensively on the research and practice of online and blended learning, action research, and visual literacy for education and training. She currently serves as the Editor of the Journal of Visual Literacy (JVL/Routledge), a Master Reviewer for Quality Matters (MarylandOnline/US), and an external specialist for European Commission’s Key Action 2: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices.