Following the move to remote learning, ACER performed research that highlighted four major characteristics that will affect how our educational institutions adjust to the new world of blended and remote learning.
1. It's all about the quality.
The revelation that blended learning may be a great tool to help kids who failed in regular classrooms was a good effect of the widespread closures, but much like in-person teaching, the quality of online education matters most. Teachers want assistance in continuing their journey to blended learning, which includes online courses for students who may need to isolate from time to time.
Teachers today need to be able to develop curriculum that can be used in a variety of settings, including online and blended learning. While the principles of good pedagogical practise apply regardless of the medium of delivery, instructors require assistance in implementing new learning modalities.
2. Technology is merely one component of the overall picture.
While unequal access to technology is an important factor, high-tech techniques may not always result in improved learning results. Good teaching can be aided, but not replaced, by thoughtful use of technology. Schools' reactions to remote learning should be shaped by learning requirements and purpose, not by technology.
School- and class-specific tools created by instructors who are familiar with their students will always be preferable to off-the-shelf, generic educational technology solutions.
3. It is critical to comprehend the demands of students.
There is no such thing as a "one-size-fits-all" approach to learning: knowing pupils is crucial to satisfying individual requirements.
School administrators and teachers who are familiar with their communities and students are in the greatest position to choose an effective and focused response when normal learning is disrupted.
Differentiated answers are influenced by the age of the students and their availability to learning materials.
4. It is vital to support the learning environment at home.
The learning environment at home has a significant role in achieving positive results. During periods of remote learning, it is especially vital to provide access to resources at home and to support the role of parents and caregivers.
While schools cannot regulate everything, they can play an important role in providing families with a variety of learning resources and practical practises.
(This is a slightly modified version of an article originally published in Acer Discover. The original article can be found at https://www.acer.org/au/discover/article/how-to-teach-in-2022-four-key-insights)