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Building Resilience in Post-Pandemic Education 

Empowering Teachers: Blog 1

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the education sector will be felt for years to come. Challenges in accessing online learning and adapting to virtual lessons affected the well-being and performance, of both students and teachers. Plus, the pressure heaped on institutions exposed significant gaps between digital skills and attitudes towards technology adoption.

But many students demonstrated huge flexibility and resilience, which will benefit them back in the classroom. And teachers are excited about the opportunities that technology has opened up for developing more personalised learning pathways.

The key now is to support students with their immediate learning recovery and to use this experience to re-imagine how education could look in the future.

An Uneven Playing Field

The coronavirus pandemic has revealed major disparities in preparedness in many schools’ online teaching capabilities.

According to a report from the lnstitute for Fiscal Studies, the majority (53%) of primary school students were not offered any form of active learning, such as real-time classes or chatting with teachers while learning at home. Even more alarmingly, almost one in ten (9%) primary school students were still not being offered any support through online classes or online learning platforms one month after the first lockdown began.

With all students learning at different speeds and proven to benefit from more personalised learning, the shift to online teaching also had an unequal impact on the progression of pupils. Spending hours in front of a computer, instead of engaging in classroom-based activities, was challenging for many students, especially those who find it difficult to concentrate or did not have sufficient technology at home.

Teachers, too, faced exceptional changes to their working practices—having to find new ways of delivering lessons, in intensely stressful circumstances. Many also lacked the digital skills necessary to ensure that students could learn to the best of their abilities.

But, after the initial shock of school closures, most students and teachers adapted quickly to using technology. Educators could see the potential that online platforms offer—not only to support students with their short-term learning recovery but also to improve learning pathways in the long term.

Building Resilience and Collaboration

Technology has the power to ensure that no student is left behind. Intuitive dashboards within a Learning Management System (LMS), for example, provide teachers with insight into how each student is engaging, performing and progressing. Teachers can identify potential issues early and work with students to resolve them, and students can liaise more frequently and honestly with their teachers. This enables educators to focus on improving outcomes.

Post-pandemic, schools also have an opportunity to involve parents more. With families spending so much time at home together, they were able to engage more with their children’s learning. That appetite is likely to remain, even with students back in the classroom.

According to the charity, Springboard “It’s incumbent on our education system to create opportunities for family engagement. This is true regardless of the socio-economic background of individual households. Whether it is through providing the right equipment or the right skills, technology should be used as a leveller to include all parents and make them feel part of the education process.

A Brighter Future

Schools are far more prepared for the ever-changing educational environment than they were pre-2020, and the lessons learnt can be used to reimagine what the future of education could look like.

By capitalising on the benefits offered by an LMS, particularly around flexible learning, more engaging content and collaborative feedback between teacher, student and parent, schools can begin to provide more personalised learning.

Technology is the route to reaching every learner, and D2L Brightspace provides a learning environment for schools that want to support students to reach their full potential.

No matter how pupils best learn, teachers can use Brightspace to ensure that the education they receive is as tailored as possible. From giving parents a window into their child’s progress to providing continual training and support to teachers and, in turn, enabling them to motivate pupils through timely and relevant feedback—schools can deliver unique and engaging learning experiences for every student.

To find out more about how Brightspace can help you to achieve the best outcomes for all, please get in touch, or take a look at the resources available on our website: https://www.d2l.com/en-eu/schools/

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