Young boy virtual learning through a laptop

Virtual and Distance Learning

Education in the UK may be forced to turn virtual over the next days and weeks. Universities have already stopped face-to-face lectures and are delivering learning through virtual platforms and systems like Skype. However, with many already offering distance learning already, they have a distinct advantage in being able to offer this option.

How will schools cope with such a change in teaching style?

VLEs (Virtual Learning Environments) can be used to create interactive learning whilst still retaining the teacher to prompt, promote thinking and answer questions. Interactive assessments, group discussions, and e-learning packages means that pupils’ learning experiences mirror the classroom. Many language centres and schools already use these type of programs to deliver lessons from native language teachers to learners in a different country.
However dependent on the school’s website, funding and background of the student population, this type of virtual learning won’t be available to all. Schools have been preparing for the past week, some able to provide online learning, others who will be sending home textbooks and worksheets for pupils to work through. No matter by what method it is important that pupils continue to gain from the learning on offer.

This is obviously an unprecedented situation and so like many other sectors, schools, teachers, pupils and parents will have to work through and support each other to get the best learning outcomes possible.
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