Building Engagement in the Remote Blended/Socially Distanced Classroom

Presented by: Siobhan O'Sullivan and Aidan Liston

While most teachers adapted quickly to the seismic change in their practice in March 2020, many observed that the issue they struggled with most was building and maintaining student engagement. In order to ensure students remain engaged, as educators, we need to plan for this in advance. This session will investigate how to design learning experiences that ensure student engagement in a variety of contexts: remote, blended and socially distanced classes. Practical tools and pedagogies will be explored and we will discuss how to design learning experiences, whether physical or virtual, that work for our students.

Presentation slides and recordings are available here

Presenter Biography:

Siobhan O’Sullivan and Aidan Liston are seconded to the Digital Technologies team in the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST). They work with school leaders and teachers to embed digital technologies to improve learner experiences and outcomes and improve teacher practice. Embedding digital technologies for teaching, learning and assessment through fit-for-purpose digital learning plans is an ongoing focus of their work.