Three Old Dominion University faculty members participated in the recent Global Solutions for Online Education event, which was hosted by the Norfolk Sister City Association and its sister city, Cagayan de Oro, Philippines.

The event was coordinated by the Little Me Academy in partnership with the Private Schools and School Administrators Association of the Philippines.

Helen Crompton, associate professor of instructional technology; Chrysoula Malogianni, assistant director of the Center for Learning and Teaching; and John Baaki, assistant professor of instructional design and technology, joined the panel for the one-hour event attended by 86 educators in the Philippines.

The session's purpose was to share experiences and best practices in online education and how the experiences can be used to fight COVID-19's impacts on education. Taking place over a 12-hour time difference, the panel spoke to and answered questions on topics such as making tech integration and mobile learning effective for entire school communities, transitioning from face-to-face classes to remote learning for young students, and how to maintain empathic design within instructional design and tech when physically disconnected.

"I am thankful for the opportunity to team up with Dr. Baaki and Dr. Malogianni and share our professional expertise with such a vibrant and caring group of educators and invite new conversations around our common goal to keep teaching so our students can keep learning under these unprecedented circumstances," Crompton said.

The Norfolk Sister City Association's mission is to foster international understanding, friendship and cooperation by promoting people-to-people exchanges and continuing relationships between Norfolk and its 10 international sister cities.

"ODU is building strong connections to the international community," Crompton said. "This is crucial, as we have much to learn from each other."

She noted the universal challenges educators are facing.

"It was interesting that those in the Philippines have the same type of questions of those I have spoken to in places such as the U.K., France, Germany, Russia, China, Portugal and Colombia," Crompton said. "Working together to solve a common challenge builds a stronger global community."

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