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Special Edition 2 | Working Collaboratively in Virtual School Environments with Mary Schneider

Welcome to Learning Unboxed Special Edition! This is our series of relevant episodes during the COVID19 lockdown. We thought we’d discuss the topic of working collaboratively in virtual school environments. Our guest today is Mary Schneider, STEM Coordinator and online learning coach at PAST Foundation.

Mary has been working in Applied STEM education at the PAST Foundation both in rural South Dakota, and here in Columbus, OH. Mary started as a traditional teacher in South Dakota. She started working with PAST Foundation on a project and became very enamored of the virtual telepresence used to communicate with teams in South Dakota, Ohio and California. Mary earned a master’s degree at South Dakota State university in STEM Education. While at SDSU, Mary launched the online and virtual teaching labs for the STEM Masters program at SDSU. Mary is well-versed in the unique challenges and benefits of working collaboratively and virtually. Mary is currently coordinating and teaching our suite of online courses on the topic here at PAST Foundation and online.

Topics Covered:

  1. What is unique about virtual environments

  2. Creating a productive partnership

  3. Setting clear boundaries

  4. Communication skills

  5. Creating a team that works well

  6. Creating content that resonates with learners


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