Create and innovate to deliver great lessons for students to learn from home. Select learning modes and effective strategies to suit your students' context and the content they need to learn.
A research review of distance education reveals several important themes for consideration:
- strong social presence for learners to stay in touch
- support student persistence
- understanding contextual factors, such as the role of gender
- considering the learner's perspective and
- balancing synchronous and asynchronous activities.
Resources from the Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation
The Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation (CESE) has updated its popular ‘What works best’ publication. The What works best: 2020 update outlines eight quality teaching practices that are known to support school improvement and enhance the learning outcomes of our students.
What works best in practice supports teachers to implement the evidence-based themes outlined in What works best: 2020 update.
CESE's Best practices: Creating a positive learning environment outlines evidence-based teaching strategies that can assist teachers as they support students’ education continuity, in an online and/or remote learning environment.
Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership
Spotlight – What works in online/distance teaching and learning?
- This AITSL ‘spotlight paper’ identifies best practice evidence to guide teachers on setting up online learning and advice teachers can give to parents during this process. Key consideration is given to principles demonstrated to benefit student outcomes and wellbeing.
- What Works in Online/Distance Teaching and Learning?
Spotlight – The role of school leadership in challenging times
- This Spotlight summarises the evidence base of leadership required during challenging times, examines the practices of successful leadership through uncertainty and highlights learnings from previous crises.
- The role of school leadership in challenging times.
T4L podcast – The virtual staffroom
- The T4L team speak with Zhi Soon General Manager of Evidence and Impact at the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership to discover what the evidence says about online learning.
- Access The Evidence – What works when teaching online (27:28)