Learning online in the coronavirus pandemic

We are reviewing digital learning and teaching across English universities and colleges. As part of this review, we wanted to hear from students about their experience of remote learning and how they thought it could be improved.

Call for evidence

Since the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic started, universities and colleges have had to rapidly increase the scale of remote learning and teaching.

As social distancing advice remains in place, a combination of remote and in-person teaching is set to continue for the coming academic year.

We wanted to know how students have experienced this change and how they thought it could be improved.

We wanted like to know more about what technology universities and colleges have used. What worked and what hasn’t?

The quality of learning and teaching is paramount. So, how can high-quality digital teaching and learning can continue at scale?

The changes we have seen may also present opportunities for the longer term – so we wanted to get a better understanding of what they are.

We are especially concerned about the issue of 'digital poverty'. Do students always have the right technology and access to an environment suited to this way of learning? Our initial research suggests that this is not always the case.

To explore these issues, we published a call for evidence. Information received from the call will help inform the recommendations of the review and identify case studies.

The two main questions we asked students were:

  • What has been your experience of the shift to remote teaching and learning since the start of the coronavirus pandemic?
  • How could your experience have been improved?

If you have any questions about the review, contact [email protected].

Published 03 September 2020
Last updated 15 October 2020
15 October 2020
Updated content as the call for evidence has now closed

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