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Workshop: How to optimize fire education courses for a virtual environment
September 9, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
In a pandemic environment, remote learning is becoming a necessity for NWCG (National Wildfire Coordinating Group) courses. To help keep firefighters fireline-ready, instructors need to adapt traditionally in-person courses for non-traditional classrooms. This training will be co-instructed by North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange Network communications and education specialists and Northeastern Forest Fire Protection Compact training working team members with decades of experience in fireline instruction. This workshop will give fireline course instructors the tools they need to confidently and independently apply best practices to teach traditionally in-person courses in a digital environment.
This training will include:
– Fundamentals of virtual teaching and learning
– Adaptations and best practices for fireline teaching
– Practice preparing and implementing a lesson plan in the virtual environment
Worried about being on Zoom for a few hours? Don’t be! We have strategically placed breaks included in the agenda. In addition, this is an interactive training – we expect all participants to fully dive in and generate ideas so they can walk away with an action plan. While we understand that distractions sometimes come up, we will ask everyone to model engaged student behaviors. Participants will be expected to use video and audio to interact with the workshop instructors and in small groups.
Please note that the following pre-reading is required in order to fully participate in the workshop:
– Pre-course Materials (read linked articles as applicable)
– Instructor checklist
– Student checklist