With K-12 systems around the country opting for an online fall amid ongoing COVID-19 concerns, have schools learned from the quick transition to online in the spring and prepared for a more robust e-learning experience?

Two UD experts can speak to this question and other issues facing school districts looking to provide an impactful online experience in the age of COVID-19. 

Fred Hofstetter, professor of education, has been called “the ultimate digital pioneer,” researching internet literacy since the mid-1990s and is an expert in educational technology and distance learning with research supported by the National Science Foundation and the Institute of Education Sciences, the independent, non-partisan statistics, research, and evaluation arm of the U.S. Department of Education.

Rachel Karchmer-Klein is an associate professor, who teaches courses in literacy and education technology and is a former elementary classroom teacher and reading specialist. Her research investigates relationships among literacy skills, digital tools, and teacher preparation, with particular emphasis on technology-infused instructional design. Her overall goal is to improve preservice and practicing teachers’ knowledge of how to leverage technological affordances to support students’ literacy learning. She initially focused on K-12 instructional practices; however, her work has expanded to include research on university faculty’s use of technology in online course design.