Online learning, distance learning, blended learning – there are so many different terms and methodologies involving the use of technology within education. But the one that’s in focus right now is remote learning.

What is it?

Remote learning is the one that took everyone by surprise. Invoked by an unexpected situation (e.g. a pandemic), it involves students being separated from their peers and teachers and all learning from their own homes.

On the plus side, thanks to technology, teachers have an opportunity to remain connected to their students, and with the right solutions in place, students can learn within a virtual version of their in-school class situation. We’ve seen how important this can be over an extended time, in terms of maintaining a routine, trying to avoid learning gaps, and even just maintaining the habit of learning when all other routines have fallen away.

Teachers can use technology such as to run ‘live’ lessons with their connected students in real time: broadcasting their webcam and audio simultaneously to everyone, observing everyone’s screens to keep students on task, using chat tools to message them in groups or individually, as well as conduct surveys to check understanding or simply ask how they’re feeling that day.

Remote learning isn’t a natural or ideal scenario for either students or teachers. But with the pandemic rumbling on and on, it’s one many will need to adapt to, as some form of blended and remote learning looks as if it will be a part of the education landscape across the world for a considerable time to come.