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Covid challenge: How to make blended learning engaging for students

From the end of September, government Covid guidance requires that schools have in place remote learning contingency plans. Colin Hegarty looks at what your blended learning strategies must consider

Teachers know that the best learning occurs when students are engaged in a range of meaningful activities. During the Covid-19 lockdown schools adopted a wide variety of remote teaching methods to ensure students remained online and engaged. The variety and creativity on show proved teachers’ determination to use technology as tool of engagement, not just of content delivery.

However, online engagement remains a challenge and is something we must consider given the very real prospect of blended learning continuing in this Covid world.

Just a few weeks into the new term and schools across the country have already had to instigate short-term closures in response to confirmed coronavirus cases. Furthermore, the government guidance to schools on full re-opening includes a requirement to devise a remote learning plan (by the end of September) in case of further school closures.

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