What does the research suggest is best practice in pedagogy for remote teaching?

This report provides a rapid evidence summary of what is known about best practice in teaching when school students are educated by distance learning.

It considers both theoretical concepts and empirical evidence relating to the effectiveness of teaching methods used in a distance learning context.

The report includes a consideration of the grey literature about pedagogy produced in response to the current period of global school closures.

There are limitations in the nature of the evidence base. Much of the research into remote pedagogy comes from a higher education context. Little attention has been devoted to remote pedagogy at primary school level. Research evidence from low-income and middle-income countries is limited.

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Education Development Trust (formerly CFBT), UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)
UK Department for Education, EdTech Hub

Authored by

Tony McAleavy, Kristine Gorgen, Rob Rodney, Jamie Proctor


Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Distance Education
Teaching and Learning