When Distance Becomes Closeness: Distance Learning as a Meaningful Learning Opportunity During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Noami Hadas Lidor, Vered Baloush-Kleinman, Yael Mazor*, Orly Oren, Ronit Dudai

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The National School for Mental Health Rehabilitation, Integration, and Recovery in Israel developed responses to academic, pedagogical, and emotional needs that arose during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite reduced activity during the outbreak, the school continued all regular courses remotely and created new online workshops. In this article, we review the school’s adjustment from being change agents on the frontal level to change agents on the virtual level, through descriptive and qualitative findings. We use the learning from success approach to examine development and implementation processes. The large number of participants who suddenly had access to distance learning and their highly positive responses indicated the creation of opportunities alongside the challenges we faced. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first description and analysis of the challenges, opportunities, and outcomes of a recovery-oriented online academic facility during a pandemic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-26
Number of pages13
JournalCommunity Mental Health Journal
Volume60
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2024
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Community participation and social inclusion in crisis
  • COVID-19
  • Distance learning in crisis
  • Learning from success
  • Mental health training
  • The National School for Mental Health Rehabilitation, Integration, and Recovery

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