I know a lot of educators were looking forward to a day when online learning would be embedded in everyday practice within schools. I don't think that they guessed we would need an epidemic across the globe to really give schools a chance to test their online learning and to find out just how effective it could be.
I haven't carried out a detailed study to find out the impact of students receiving their education from home ( I hope someone is doing this!), but it does appear that online learning has not lived up to expectations.
I know a number of schools have reported that teachers still don't have the skills needed to deliver this new style of learning and that many students may be set online work but are not doing it. Research by the Sutton Trust found that 19 per cent of pupils from state primary schools and 22 per cent from state secondary schools have taken part in some kind of daily tuition that has been provided for them.
I have also heard reports that some technology, including Microsoft Teams, has struggled to keep pace with the usage and that the digital divide has again raised its ugly head, preventing many students from accessing the lessons that have been provided.
We can only hope that at the end of this crisis, we will have a much better idea of what works and what doesn't work, so that we can make the goal of effective online learning a reality.
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Russell Bryant, has taught Science, ICT and Computer Science both in the UK and in South America for over 20 years. This includes teaching GCSEs, A Levels, IB and IGCSEs. He has also worked as an online learning consultant in London, helping schools to develop an online learning strategy.