As President Biden works to reopen schools safely, the reality is that the way we approach in-classroom instruction has fundamentally changed. With new COVID variants swirling, and the future structure of education in flux (think no more snow days), remote learning is going to remain a key part of the curriculum for the foreseeable future, and schools will need to stay agile to keep up.
This does not, however, mean that the remote learning experience has to be sub-par. The proportion of students who were highly satisfied with their learning experience fell from 51 percent pre-COVID to 19 percent post-COVID, and 60 percent of instructors said they struggled to keep students engaged. To improve student success, schools can apply learnings from the past 12 months to provide a higher-quality remote learning experience.
Here are some key lessons on how to make K-12 and higher-ed online education more empathetic, engaging, and productive as we look to build better remote learning and in-person classroom experiences.
Invest in personalization
Virtual learning should be seen as an opportunity to personalize the learning experience for students. The Jordan School District in Utah, for example, is finding that simply offering the possibility of online learning is giving certain students a chance to learn at their own pace and thrive.