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Speaker to discuss issues and opportunities in online learning


Michael Throop, assistant professor of journalism and mass communications at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, and 40-year veteran of the broadcast industry, will be the guest speaker at Alabama Media Professionals' July 9 meeting, which will take place via Zoom from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Throop will discuss “The ‘swiss cheese’ landscape in online learning: issues and opportunities.”

This spring, the COVID-19 pandemic sparked a crash course in online learning for teachers and students. As the fall term approaches, unresolved are the structural holes in the education process, not only involving teaching from a distance, but the socio-emotional, cultural, and economic shortcomings in even a robust distance learning setting, Throop says. He plans to address three questions:

  • If there are a myriad of issues in what might be “the best,” what are the pitfalls that face lesser equipped districts and populations?

  • What are short-term solutions for connectivity and equipment?

  • What “best practices” from telecommuting can be applied, longer term, for learning and participating wherever a student’s “virtual” classroom is located?

Throop earned a Doctor of Education degree from Northeastern University, a Master of Public Affairs from Park University and a Bachelor of Arts in communication from City University of Seattle. After working in the broadcast industry for more than 40 years, 25 of them in broadcast journalism, he began his teaching career at the University of Kansas in the spring of 2007 and has taught at Benedictine College since the fall of 2007.

To RSVP to the meeting, click here. We will send information for joining the Zoom meeting in an email.

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