Invitation to contribute examples to the IOSFS distance and online learning page

  • 06.09.2020

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The many examples, which Forum members have contributed to the ‘Ideas for Distance / Online
Teaching and Learning’ page of the IOSFS website offer engaging and varied ideas and activities. The
page reflects many different ways and interpretations of the Schulwerk just as
Carl Orff’s wild flower metaphor proposes. The Board would like to extend sincere thanks to all
members who have provided ideas and examples. We would like to encourage members and interested
Orff-Schulwerk enthusiasts to send in more contributions.

As it stands the page offers some finished products, ideas with teaching processes, songs, rhymes, body
percussion and some synchronous interactive online classes with children. In conjunction with this
invitation we provide an overview table with all current contributions. In one simple overview this table
offers what is currently available on the ‘Ideas for Distance / Online Teaching and Learning’ page.

Some examples show synchronous online learning with children. Sometimes viewers can see the
spontaneous creative contributions by the children. Synchronous learning refers to an online learning
event in which learners engage in learning at the same time. In some ways this style of learning
enhances creative contributions by the participants. By the same token asynchronous online learning can
fit with the Orff-Schulwerk approach as well.
Asynchronous learning may include the delivery of models, which inspire participants to work alone or
in groups to provide creative responses.

The IOSFS curating team for the online learning page wants to encourage members to send in more
contributions. We hope that this will also inspire and assist colleagues who are just beginning to journey
of online teaching and learning.

While developing ideas and activities for the online learning page we hope that members will also
consider the following questions:
• How can we develop and show more synchronous online learning examples?
• How can online learning examples following real life creative teaching/learning situations be
• Is it possible to provide more examples, showing participants share their own creative solutions
with teachers’ responses?
• Is it possible to find more models for different target groups, preschool children with their
parents, diverse abilities groups, examples in different languages?
• What online learning approaches mixed or blended or other work well for you so that children
can contribute creatively in their learning?
• How can movement and three-dimensional space be included in online learning?
• How can learning other than visual and auditive senses be incorporated in online learning?

The contributions to the International Orff-Schulwerk Forum page are very useful. We would be
grateful if you could inform your members and any other interested parties about the invitation to visit
the page .

Please enjoy its benefits and help us to enrich the IOSFS ‘Ideas for Distance / Online Teaching and
Learning’ page with many more examples. We are looking forward to your contributions and invite you
to send us your examples to:

If you have any particular wishes and /or ideas as to how you would like to see the page curated would
you please let us know so that we can take your thoughts into consideration.
We are looking forward to your contributions.

Best wishes,
Barbara Haselbach & Christoph Maubach

If there are children included on a contribution, please be sure that you have the written consent of their
parents, otherwise we will not be allowed to post the contribution on the website. All other people that
can be seen on the contribution also need to give their written consent.