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Teaching & Learning Strategies: Blended Learning in times of Covid-19

Impact of COVID-19 

Despite all the negative impacts of COVID-19 on education, one positive that can be taken from this period is that teaching can be delivered anytime and anywhere. Schools have had to learn to adapt and deliver teaching in forms never thought possible before. Schooling has had to change, but what impact will this have long-term?

Blended Learning 

Blended learning is now a reality for most school children around the world. Pupils are returning to school this week for the start of the new school year with learning being delivered both at school and at home. Technology has played a crucial role in providing platforms for this new way of schooling. However, the most important part of delivering schooling remains the same – the quality of teaching. Ensuring quality of teaching delivers high levels of student engagement and the best learning outcomes.

Quality of Teaching

Kai Vacher, Principal at British School Muscat, outlines the reason for the importance of quality of teaching in his blog. He also explores reasons for why student engagement with online lessons could be compromised based on Daniel Stanford’s online learning framework. What is clear is that online teaching can never truly replace the learning experience children benefit from when attending school. Face to face interaction with teachers and peer groups delivers the best learning outcomes.

Kai will be sharing how the British School Muscat pulled resources with other partner international schools to provide an entire GSCE/iGCSE blended learning curriculum, at our conference in November. He will be speaking along side Sir Michael Wilshaw, Dame Rachel de Souza DBE and Sir Anthony Seldon.

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