2020 has been an interesting year for education around the world. COVID-19 accelerated Hybrid learning globally, and Microsoft Teams was the key platform enabling it. This year, Microsoft Teams saw more than 2 million users a day on the platform, and that was just from education institutions. Institutions around the world relied on the platform to connect staff and students, with video conferencing and chat features as the main forms of communication. However, as the year progressed, Microsoft Teams saw institutions start to utilise the broader education capabilities in Microsoft Teams.
The capabilities that started to become more popular were Microsoft Teams Assessment, Grades, Class OneNote, online video, and classes on Stream along with the integration of existing educational institution applications like Canvas and Clickview. With technology becoming more incorporated, teaching had to align and adapt with the Hybrid Learning structure. Out of the new structure, several new capabilities were developed that support a Hybrid Learning environment. They include:
- Increased Student Agency – students have the power to direct and take responsibility for their learning, creating independent and self-regulating learners.
- Increased Teacher/Faculty Agency –teachers and faculty have acted purposefully to drive their professional growth through responsive, collaborative and reflective practices to deliver and improve teaching and learning.
- Developed stronger learning partnerships with parents, carers and external partners.
- Developed a climate and culture for learning irrespective of location. Digital tools have been leveraged and are now embedded as part of classroom practice and delivery.
Teaching and learning has adapted to the latest Hybrid Learning structure, but what is the next step? Is the Power Platform something that schools should consider? To answer these questions, stay tuned for our second blog in the coming weeks where we look at the components the components of the Power Platform and how they can help your institution get ahead.
Keep an eye out for the MOQdigital webinar “Power Apps in Microsoft Teams for Education” coming up on the 19th of November. The webinar explores the capabilities of Power Apps from an educational perspective, and is hosted by MOQdigital’s Brett Auton, Principal Consultant for Education, and Andrew Higgs, Microsoft Collaboration and UC Solution Architect. To register click below.