What is Distance Learning?

'Quality learning can occur at a distance without solely relying on computers'

What is Distance Learning?

The learning that teachers design when school is in regular session cannot be simply replicated through distance learning. Teachers must employ alternative methods for providing timely and specific feedback to support pupil growth and learning.

Schools are deliberately using the term distance learning. This choice reflects our conviction that quality learning can occur at a distance without solely relying on computers. Rather than being tied to an electronic device for their learning, our goal is for pupils to read, communicate, and engage in authentic learning experiences.

As teachers reflect on how best to design or redesign their units, lessons, or courses, we will be encouraging them to consider the following questions:

  • How can we leverage digital platforms to provide learning experiences rich in engagement, social interaction, and feedback?

  • How can we help our pupils manage the worry, fear, or isolation they may be experiencing as a result of this emergency or crisis?

  • What is most important to understanding and what are the crucial skills to develop at this time?

  • How will I assess pupil learning in meaningful ways?

One area that could be an issue that will disrupt elements of provision is bandwidth and reliability of IT resources. Several colleagues in different sectors have reported this as an issue and this is something we will have to troubleshoot as best we can both at home and in school.

Should you have any immediate issues, please contact Mr. Hartley in the first instance ihartley@mowdenhall.co.uk

If you would like to view the Distance Learning Overviews for each year group, click on the image above.