Using structured interactions in remote courses reduces the cognitive load students may experience as they navigate the tasks and processes of group work, while creating an inclusive climate in which students can learn.
Margaret Merrill, PhD, is an Instructional Design Consultant and Educational Technologist at UC Davis. She consults with faculty as they consider how to use technology in strategic and pedagogically sound ways in their teaching. She supports faculty in the design of online and hybrid courses and using technology in teaching, teaches workshops on technology and pedagogy, and researches, pilots, and supports technologies for teaching. Margaret has designed and run faculty development programs and managed projects for online course production and online foreign language learning. Margaret has presented on communities of practice, faculty development programs, mobile learning, and her research on communities among language instructors. Previously, Margaret has taught junior high French and held a boom mic for the filming of a movie in Romania.
Near-ubiquitous mobile-device ownership and widespread internet connectivity offer opportunities for mobile learning to take center stage during the coronavirus pandemic and beyond.