PLS 3rd Learning produces free distance learning video series for teachers during COVID-19




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In response to school closures across our nation and the world, our subsidiary, PLS Classes has been working to produce and distribute free content and information to support educators, parents, and students across Western New York — and around the globe.

Distance Learning: Strategies for Supporting Teachers, Students, and Each Other is a new video series led by Dr. Rhianna C. Rogers, Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at SUNY Empire State College. Rogers is an expert on cultural and ethnic studies and has years of experience teaching, connecting to, and engaging with students in an online environment. 

Each episode is around 15 – 20 minutes and can be accessed for FREE. In the videos, Dr. Rogers covers:

  • Introduction Education Technology: Effective Tools in Online Teaching & Learning
  • Best Practices in Online Teaching & Learning
  • Creating an Engaging Online Course Experience
  • Developing Healthy Work Habits and Classroom Management from Home 
  • Juggling Personal, Professional and Instructional Responsibilities 

“I am excited to be working with PLS on this timely series.  With so many educators, parents, and students transitioning online, learning new technologies and applications can be stressful. From my experience, it is important that we retain, even in trying times, who we are as educators. Going online doesn’t mean abandoning your offline teaching style or methods, it simply means finding ways to translate your off-line practices successfully to online audiences and learning platforms. This series will help you find ways to do that. In each video, I share proven tips, methods, and teaching techniques that you can adopt and share with your students, family, and the larger community. I truly believe we can all work together to make education work for everyone involved, even during these trying times.”

Dr. Rogers

Dr. Rogers was also featured on a recent episode of the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud Podcast: Supporting Teachers New to Online which is a weekly podcast produced by Steve Barkley and Nickel City Sound & Media.

About PLS Classes:

For over 40 years, PLS Classes has engaged educators all over the world. Our graduate education courses for educators are an affordable, convenient opportunity to advance the careers of educators. PLS offers online, online self-paced, and on-site courses.

About Dr. Rogers:

Dr. Rhianna C. Rogers is currently an Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at SUNY Empire State College and the Ernest Boyer Presidential Fellow at the Rockefeller Institute of Government-Center for Law and Policy Solution (2019-present). Prior to this appointment, Rogers was the college-wide Coordinator of Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary Studies (2017-2019). Rogers has won multiple awards for her innovative approach to teaching and learning, including, most recently, the 2019-2020 SUNY Empire Provost/Associate Dean Innovation Award, the 2018-2019 Explorations in Diversity & Academic Excellence Award (EDAE), the 2017-2018 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the inaugural 2015 Open SUNY Online Effective Practice Award. Rogers has been a part of a variety of SUNY-wide initiatives related to her expertise in online learning including consulting on multiple IITGs (Innovative Instruction Technology Grants), Lumina grants, participating as a Stevens Initiative – sponsored COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) Instructor as well as offering collegial support as an OPEN-SUNY Center Online Teaching Excellence (COTE) and Tools of Engagement Project (TOEP) fellow in Open Educational Resources (OER) and online academic innovation.