The pandemic forced most schools that traditionally held in-person classes to switch rather abruptly to online learning. This has been a challenge for most students, teachers and parents who were not accustomed to this format. While virtual learning is safer, this quick shift became chaotic and jarring for many involved. With significant experience in online education, University of Phoenix is reaching out to teachers, students and parents to share ways to improve online learning.
The University produced a series of free online webinars on topics like homeschooling for parents and transitioning from in-person to online learning for high schools. “One of the things we’ve been able to do well, since the majority of our students are online, is to pivot easily,” said Cooper Nelson, director of public relations and external communications for University of Phoenix. “So we’ve really taken this time to start initiatives to help other institutions and organizations who may not have support, and to just help people get through this very difficult time.”
The webinar series "Together We Soar" is hosted by University of Phoenix faculty and staff. According to Nelson, "The series offers insights about leadership from our faculty and employees. We’re trying to bring in alumni as well and business partners to share their insights on relevant topics."
Interested parties can access the webinars on the University of Phoenix YouTube channel.
In addition to the webinars, University of Phoenix opened its collection of online education classes to K-12 teachers. Topics include "Technology Survival for Educators," "Using Apps in the Classroom" and "Multimedia for Educators". Nelson says the University understands that most teachers were never taught how to teach in an online setting and the pandemic forced them to learn on the job.
University of Phoenix is in a unique position to help teachers make the transition from in-person learning to the online classroom. The University is dedicated to sharing its expertise and insights to help teachers, students and parents make the most of learning in this challenging pandemic environment.