McKinney de Royston shares perspective on virtual learning with Capital Times

The Capital Times newspaper recently published a Q&A with UW–Madison’s Maxine McKinney de Royston, who shared her perspective on virtual learning.

Maxine McKinney de Royston
McKinney de Royston

McKinney de Royston is an assistant professor in the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She is also a parent of three, and she sees a clash between the reality of the Madison Metropolitan School District’s implementation of virtual learning and what she considers best practices.

McKinney de Royston expressed concern that the fall plan has “gone a little too far” in requiring active screen time.

“I feel like it’s just gone too far to the over-planning side and the over-structured side, which is unfortunate, but I also understand that there’s competing needs,” she told The Capital Times during the first week of school.

“There’s the needs by the Department of Public Instruction to get a certain number of instructional minutes. And so everybody’s between a rock and a hard place.”

“It’s just as somebody who studies learning I’m like, ‘No!’” she said.

Check out the full interview with McKinney de Royston to learn more about her ideas for making virtual learning work, including advice for parents. In addition, you can hear her thoughts in this “Three Things” Flipgrid video on the subject.