What Twitter Tells Us about Online Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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The Covid-19 pandemic caused schools to shut down in at least 191 countries, resulting in challenges for students and educators. While the instructional technology community was already researching online education prior to Covid-19, this pandemic has resulted in mainstream discussions about the effectiveness of online learning as an alternative to traditional teaching methods. Unlike traditional instructional technology conversations that are followed by a niche set of experts, Covid-19 brought online learning to the forefront involving social media discourse across an array of influential voices. With so many new voices joining the dialogue, questions have emerged about the types of conversation that took place on Twitter about Covid-19 and online education. This study utilizes Twitter as a research tool to understand the pandemic and online education.

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COVID-19 and Education: Learning and Teaching in a Pandemic-Constrained Environment.

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