38 min

#32 Empowering Students with Disabilities through Distance Learning with Laura Loy Why Distance Learning?

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In this episode of "Why Distance Learning?" we explore the innovative intersections of arts education, accessibility, and distance learning with Laura Loy. Laura, a seasoned educator and performer, shares how her work at PHAME Academy harnesses the power of the arts to engage and empower adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through both virtual and in-person learning environments.
Laura delves into the unique challenges and successes of teaching arts online, particularly how virtual platforms provide a space where students who may be shy in person can thrive and express themselves more fully. She highlights the adaptations required to create meaningful online interactions and the surprising benefits of distance learning, such as increased tech literacy and connectivity among students.
The discussion also touches on the practicalities and obstacles of teaching music and performing arts online, where synchronicity and shared physical presence are often crucial. Laura shares her experiences with adapting to these challenges, emphasizing the ongoing need for innovation in online arts education.
Wrapping up the episode, Laura reflects on the broader implications of distance learning for accessibility in education. She posits that virtual classrooms can offer a more inclusive environment that accommodates individuals who may face physical and logistical barriers to traditional education settings.
This episode is a compelling look at how creative approaches to education can break down barriers and expand possibilities for all learners. It’s an essential listen for educators, administrators, and anyone interested in the future of inclusive education.
**Guest Links:**1. PHAME Academy: Explore their groundbreaking approach to arts education for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. https://www.phamepdx.org/
**Show Links:**1. Lola: A low latency AV streaming platform that might be recommended for online music classes. https://lola.conts.it/2. Teach FX: Mentioned in relation to providing feedback on teaching practices. https://teachfx.com/

**Host Links:**1. Discover more virtual learning opportunities and resources at CILC.org with Tami Moehring and Allyson Mitchell.2. Learn how Seth Fleischauer’s Banyan Global Learning leverages technology to enhance educational outcomes for teachers and students alike.

In this episode of "Why Distance Learning?" we explore the innovative intersections of arts education, accessibility, and distance learning with Laura Loy. Laura, a seasoned educator and performer, shares how her work at PHAME Academy harnesses the power of the arts to engage and empower adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through both virtual and in-person learning environments.
Laura delves into the unique challenges and successes of teaching arts online, particularly how virtual platforms provide a space where students who may be shy in person can thrive and express themselves more fully. She highlights the adaptations required to create meaningful online interactions and the surprising benefits of distance learning, such as increased tech literacy and connectivity among students.
The discussion also touches on the practicalities and obstacles of teaching music and performing arts online, where synchronicity and shared physical presence are often crucial. Laura shares her experiences with adapting to these challenges, emphasizing the ongoing need for innovation in online arts education.
Wrapping up the episode, Laura reflects on the broader implications of distance learning for accessibility in education. She posits that virtual classrooms can offer a more inclusive environment that accommodates individuals who may face physical and logistical barriers to traditional education settings.
This episode is a compelling look at how creative approaches to education can break down barriers and expand possibilities for all learners. It’s an essential listen for educators, administrators, and anyone interested in the future of inclusive education.
**Guest Links:**1. PHAME Academy: Explore their groundbreaking approach to arts education for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. https://www.phamepdx.org/
**Show Links:**1. Lola: A low latency AV streaming platform that might be recommended for online music classes. https://lola.conts.it/2. Teach FX: Mentioned in relation to providing feedback on teaching practices. https://teachfx.com/

**Host Links:**1. Discover more virtual learning opportunities and resources at CILC.org with Tami Moehring and Allyson Mitchell.2. Learn how Seth Fleischauer’s Banyan Global Learning leverages technology to enhance educational outcomes for teachers and students alike.

38 min