The Covid-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented disruption to education systems all over the world. As remote schooling becomes the predominant model for education delivery in this crisis, teachers and education system leaders need to adapt to ensure the best outcomes for pupils by distance learning. This report provides a rapid evidence summary of best practice in teaching when students are educated by distance learning.
The Covid-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented disruption to education systems all over the world. As schools have closed in an effort to limit the spread of the virus, remote schooling has become the predominant model for education delivery. In this context, teachers and education system leaders must adapt their methods and pedagogy quickly to ensure the best outcomes for pupils by distance learning. This report provides a rapid evidence summary of best practice in teaching when students are educated by remote learning.
It was produced at great speed in response to the emerging Covid-19 crisis, commissioned by the Ed Tech Hub with the UK Department for Education and the Department for International Development, and is available to read in full here. Along with its sister report, which considers what is working in country-level policy responses, it forms part of Ed Tech Hub’s coronavirus resources.
In this report, our team set out to find out what is already known about effective remote teaching, based the best available evidence. It considers both theoretical concepts and empirical evidence on the effectiveness of teaching methods in a distance learning context, including evidence from ‘grey literature’ on pedagogy which has been produced in response to the current crisis. In this unprecedented situation, there are inevitable limitations in the nature of the evidence base, but our team has been able to identify several key themes and recommendations for best practice.
Even in these early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, when information on its wider impact remains limited, we are delighted to be contributing in a positive way to the knowledge base on remote teaching and learning, and thereby helping to ensure that learners are able to continue to learn in these new and challenging circumstances.
Dr Anna Riggall, Head of Research