An evidence-based approach

Teaching students who are learning from home: an evidence-based approach

Creating great lessons for students learning from home challenges teachers to be creative, innovative and remain steadfast in their commitment to quality teaching practice.

Teachers can continue to drive contemporary learning and teaching by designing activities that activate a range of learning modes and using a variety of teaching strategies that engage and challenge all learners.

In addition, teachers can use evidence to inform their practice while students are learning from home. A review of research on distance education reveals several themes that underpin successful teaching for remote learners:

  • strong social presence
  • strategies to ensure student persistence
  • understanding contextual factors, such as the role of gender
  • considering the learner's perspective
  • balancing synchronous and asynchronous activities.

Literature review

School Learning Environments and Change has produced a literature review addressing the findings of over five hundred studies relating to student outcomes while learning from home.

This review is a rich professional learning resource for teachers to reference as they continue to design lessons for students learning from home.

Download a summary or an extended version of SLEC's literature review below.

Summary of distance learning literature review

Extended version of distance learning literature review

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