Katie Lindelof

Sorry, I Think You’re Muted: A Typological Content Analysis on Tele-Education

April 2, 2021   /  

Student Name: Katie Lindelof
Major: Communication Studies
Minor: Education
Advisors: Dr. Razzante & Dr. Atay

The purpose of this study was to investigate current tele-education systems in elementary schools and provide them with a method to improve existing systems, keeping children paying attention and learning material the same as in traditional classroom settings. This rapid transition to tele-education left many educators with numerous questions and few resources on how to effectively transition over to tele-education. Thus, I completed a typological content analysis based on numerous YouTube videos on tele-education, pulling out five recurring themes of what educators should include in virtual learning: a) organization, b) routine, c) social skills, d) engagement, and e) support. In addition to these themes, I include a podcast for educators synthesizing my findings. My study adds to the limited scholarship on tele-education of elementary aged students.

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Katie will be online to field comments on April 16: Noon-2 pm EDT (PST 9am-11am, Africa/Europe: early evening)

28 thoughts on “Sorry, I Think You’re Muted: A Typological Content Analysis on Tele-Education”

  1. Congratulations Katie.
    Do your findings apply to older students or only elementary school children?

    1. Hi Dr. Johnson,
      Thank you! Great question! My research and findings were geared towards elementary-aged children since, traditionally, they are the ones who need more hands-on support in their learning practices. However, many similar techniques would be effective for older students if modified slightly. The key reason why I focused on elementary students is that as students get older, they can take on more independence with their learning and do not require as much attention from educators to be successful.

    1. Thank you so much! That was the goal to make my research relevant to the times we are living in!

  2. Congratulations on completing your I.S., Katie! What a relevant topic. I am glad that there are people like you out there who care so much about improving elementary education (especially during the COVID crisis).
    Do you think conducting this research has changed the way you participate in tele-education as a college student?

    1. Hi Professor Baird,
      Thank you so much! That means a lot. Overall, I feel this research, even though aimed at elementary tele-education, has changed how I participate in my remote classes. The reason being is because, through my research, I learned the benefits behind simple things like turning on your camera while in class, participating, and other strategies to help ease overall fatigue from being online all the time.

  3. Katie, I am a retired school counselor now working independently, and I have been enjoying my time “at” Wooster today. I volunteer in Philadelphia, and our elementary school children just went back to school at the beginning of this month. Many are underserved and were already behind in the educational development, and there has been ongoing dissatisfaction with the remote learning provided. I will be sure to share your findings with my colleagues–high school teachers can certainly use your information as well–in the hopes that these students can keep up and progress. Thank you for working so hard on this–and have a great life!

    PS: What’s with all the oversized Tootsie Rolls?

    1. Thank you so much! That means a lot since my goal for conducting my Independent Study was to be impactful and reach as many underserved communities as possible. Furthermore, that is why I released the podcast Sorry, I Think You’re Muted Tips For Elementary Tele-Education, synthesizing my findings on multiple platforms to make it accessible to as many people as possible. Finally, the picture with the oversized Tootsie roll is a tradition Wooster students take when submitting their Independent Study.

    1. Thank you! I had a lot of fun with this because of how relevant this topic is to both parents and educators who do not want to see their children/ students falling behind or being at a disadvantage because of the current state of the world!

  4. Congratulations Katie! You’ve done a wonderful job outlining the many challenges that both educators and parents face especially this past year. You have also offered concrete strategies to help overcome or at least mitigate these obstacles. I have felt fortunate that my own children are beyond their elementary education during this pandemic. I think you are spot on in identifying this group of students to focus on. How we address their educational needs now will have a lasting impact on their academic future and beyond.
    Well done Katie!

    1. Thank you so much! I feel like many parents feel that way as well because developmentally, there are so many critical milestones for development in elementary school. Hopefully, though, as a society, we can improve our knowledge on tele-education enough to figure out solutions to get children caught up again in the coming years regardless of their economic status.

      1. When school returns to in-person instruction for students once the pandemic is controlled tele-education might become a powerful tool to use to reach particular subsets of students who need extra help rather than it being the primary mode of instruction as it was for many during the pandemic. It might prove more effective as an adjunct tool used in small doses and specific situations rather than a one size fits all solution. Your tips would prove useful to optimize its effectiveness.

        1. Definitely, It will be applicable reguardless of in-person or remote. My research addresses major themes that need to be included for a successful elementary classroom environment. Even though I address how to conduct this using technology, in-person, this technology can be used in addition to traditional practices to offer an even better environment for learning that is more engaging and supportive to the children’s needs.

  5. Katie, this was interesting. Have you gotten feedback from teachers about your podcast yet? What you have to say certainly has relevance today. Congrats!

    1. Hi Dr. Bostdorff,

      Thank you! Great question! I have sent out my podcast out to several school districts in which I have connections. Sadly though, due to time constraints, I could not include that in my research. If I were to continue this study, I would love to include their feedback, which has been positive.

  6. Thank you so much! I feel like many parents feel that way as well because developmentally, there are so many critical milestones for development in elementary school. Hopefully, though, as a society, we can improve our knowledge on tele-education enough to figure out solutions to get children caught up again in coming years regardless of their economic status.

  7. Hi Katie,

    Congratulations on completing your IS study! This is a very timely and important topic. I enjoyed your presentation and podcast! I liked your idea of themed Morning Meetings. 🙂 What a great tip!


    Dr. Keelor

    1. Hi Dr. Keelor,
      Thank you so much! I had a lot of fun working on such a relevant topic to the world right now! Although focused on elementary educators, I am glad you enjoyed and found the tips helpful!

  8. Good job hun, I am very proud to be an Alum of B-Boys and Ballerina FYS with you.

    1. Thank you, Angela! It is crazy to think that our journey both started in the B-Boys and Ballerinas FYS. Also, Congrats on winning the Dr. Josephine Wright Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award; that’s amazing! In a small part, Haha we can thank Kim for putting us helpless first-year students on track to succeed at Wooster!

  9. Hi Katie,
    Thanks for sharing your IS research. This topic is so top of mind for us today. I am curious about how engagement and experience are connected virtually. There are arguments for both sides here – a deeply engaged student is more sensitive to the gaps in the online vs classroom experience, or so focused on learning new content that differences in medium become less relevant. Perhaps your research has pointers here. Congratulations!

    1. Great question! Overall, from my research, the medium has a huge impact on student’s success, and therefore my research provides strategies to negate that impact. Moreover, I have found that students do not retain information if they are not engaged. Therefore, my research provides strategies on keeping children engaged online so they can continue retaining the information at the same rate as traditional in-person classrooms.

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